By New York Natives Staff


Norah Jones

Born: March 30, 1979, Brooklyn, New York

Occupation: Pianist/Singer

Marital Status: Single

Children: None

Education: Booker T. Washington High School, University of North Texas


“I don’t try to sound like anyone but me anymore. If something is out of my element, I try to avoid it.”

-Norah Jones


Music has always been in Norah Jones’s blood. While her father, legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar, wasn’t there to raise her, she inherited his love of music from him regardless. Norah Jones fell in love with jazz, and perfected her style on the piano.

Jones moved back to New York City in 1999, and worked as a waitress to support herself. She often sang jazz standards in local clubs, sometimes appearing in the funk-fusion band Wax Poetic.

After forming her own group, Jones signed to Blue Note Records in 2001. Jones won five Grammy Awards for her debut album, Come Away With Me. Her hit single, “Don’t Know Why,” won song of the year and album of the year.

Don’t Know Why

Jones’s next album, Feels Like Home, reached the top of the Billboard album charts. She won another Grammy for the song, “Sunrise.” She also She picked up two more Grammys for her collaboration with legendary singer Ray Charles for their duet, “Here We Go Again.”

Jones’s 2009 album, The Fall, was influenced by her break-up with longtime boyfriend and bassist Lee Alexander, and the time she spent with her father in India. Jones went on to contribute her vocal talents to a creative endeavor called Rome.


Her most recent album, Broken Little Hearts, came out in 2012. While it wasn’t as successful as her debut album, Come Away With Me, the album fared well on the charts. Unfortunately her father also died in 2012. She released a statement saying, “My Dad’s music touched millions of people. He will be greatly missed by me and music lovers everywhere.”

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