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Norah Jones

Singer

Born: 30 March 1979
Birthplace: New York, New York
Best known as:

Grammy-winning singer of "Don't Know Why"

Norah Jones's 2002 debut album Come Away With Me won eight Grammys, including album of the year, best new artist and best female pop vocal performance for Jones, and record of the year for the album's bluesy single, "Don't Know Why." Jones attended Dallas's Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; later she earned a degree in jazz piano from musical hot spot the University of North Texas. She is the daughter of renowned Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and American Sue Jones. Her follow-up album, Feels Like Home, was released in February 2004. In 2005 she shared a Grammy with the late Ray Charles for the duet "Here We Go Again," and in 2007 she made her acting debut as the lead in My Blueberry Nights, opposite Jude Law. As if intent on capturing the crown of "most collaborative," Jones released an album in 2010 called Featuring, which included works with Outkast, Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Herbie Hancock. She followed that with 2012's ... Little Broken Hearts (produced by Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Brian Burton).

Extra credit:

Norah Jones was born in New York but raised by her mother near Dallas, Texas... She rarely speaks about Shankar in public; according to a 2002 article in The Guardian, "She saw her father a few times a year until she was nine, and then not until she was 18"... Ravi Shankar was a favorite colleague of The Beatles, in particular of George Harrison.

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