With the high anticipation for her third studio album to come by late January 2007, Norah Jones sure finds no difficulty at all to once again draw a large portion of media attention as she did before through her two previous records. Prior to the scheduled release of the LP in the U.S., the multi-talented artist even has already been attached to pop up on NBC's “The Today Show” on date 29 the same month to then mark the first day of February with a live performance also interview on both CHUM Television's "BT-Breakfast Television" and "A-Channel Morning." Fast-forwards to spring, she next will participate at the 38th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the April 27-29 bill alongside Rod Stewart and Van Morrison, to name few, before entering summer to see her acting vehicle “My Blueberry Nights” come to theaters by June 22.
A down-to-earth figure who successfully creates her own niche in music scene by perfectly blending country, blues, folk, and jazz to stand out as an extraordinary crossover artist, Norah Jones was born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979 in New York City, New York to Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and former dancer Sue Jones. Raised in Grapevine, the suburb of Dallas, Texas, after relocating south with her mother at the age of four, it was soon apparent to everyone that she inherited her father's profound love for music if looking on her attitude toward Sue's extensive album collections, especially that coming from Billie Holiday. "My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set, I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again," she recalled.
Afterwards joining church choirs by the time she turned five then taking piano lessons two years later while briefly trying out the alto saxophone, Norah persistently kept maintaining her interest during her teen years at Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Around this time, she amazingly made her way to win the 1996 Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition, even once again earning the former title in the following year, all prompted her to finally take jazz piano major at the University of North Texas. Judging from the girl's dedication in music, sure no one ever put any doubts on her seriousness in the study yet fate apparently had another plan as she embarked on a summer trip to Greenwich Village in 1999.
Given chance to witness the thriving Manhattan music scene, Norah was so captivated by the atmosphere that she in the end concluded to quit her college education to fully take part in the circuit. For about a year beginning in December 1999, the aspiring artist enthusiastically made regular appearance with a funk-fusion band called Wax Poetic before later formed her own group alongside Jesse Harris, Lee Alexander, and Dan Reiser. Under the latter troupe, she delightfully managed to produce a selection of demos which the personnel then brought to EMI's Blue Note Records, leading her to a meeting in front the label's president Bruce Lundvall by January 2001. Much to her joy, the man did not take long consideration to sign her under the company for he instantly offered the deal on the spot after listening to her three-song tape.
Backed up by top-notch producers Craig Street and Arif Mardin, Norah ultimately saw her full-length studio debut “Come Away with Me” hit the stores on February 26, 2002 to a really fantastic outcome which dramatically changed her life ever since. Not only reached triple Platinum status by January 2003, the LP fabulously strived to top three Billboard album charts, notably that of The Billboard 200 for four weeks. More importantly, it even led the dark-haired singer to personally collect five out of eight honors at that year's Grammy Awards, four of which being the big titles of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Don't Know Why”, and Best New Artist.
Undeniably soared to vast prominence following the superb attainment, Norah devotedly spent most of the year holding tour before she brought out her sophomore effort, “Feels Like Home”, to the surface on February 10, 2004. Like its predecessor, this piece of works easily became the standout among the other records, quickly sold over one million copies in its first week of release in the States to then be certified quadruple Platinum in May the same year while spawning hit single “Sunrise” which won her another Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category in February 2005. Accompanied the prize were two more honors of Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for song "Here We Go Again" which she sang with Ray Charles.
Coming to year 2006, Norah gloriously continued to strive in the mainstream music scene despite the fact that she did not release any full-length albums, scoring two Grammy Award nominations through her duet with Foo Fighters and Willie Nelson. It was not until January 30, 2007 that she eventually launched her next LP “Not Too Late” in the U.S. after previously released its first single “Thinking About You” on January 16, 2007.