Norah Jones

By Yaffa Phillips, CC BY-SA 2.0,, via Wikimedia Commons

American singer, songwriter, and pianistBorn 1979Jazz, Pop, Folk, Country

Fast Facts

  • Born in New York, New York
  • Birth name: Geethali Norah Jones Shankar
  • Daughter of an American concert producer and Indian sitar virtuoso
  • Family includes prominent musicians Ravi Shankar, father, and half-sister Anoushka Shankar
  • Grew up with her mother in Texas and was inspired by her mother’s diverse record collection
  • At age five began singing in church choir
  • In high school won three Student Music Awards from the jazz magazine, DownBeat.
  • Influenced by singers Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Billie Holiday
  • Left college and moved to Manhattan to be a part of the jazz club scene
  • Some music critics downplayed her early fame as hype and criticized her musical style
  • Her debut album went on to earn five Grammy Awards and sold more than twenty million copies
  • An active supporter of a number of charities, including Iraq Veterans Against the War, Stand Up To Cancer, and United for Peace and Justice

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