Date of Birth : Mar 30th 1979
American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actress of American and Indian descent.
Born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar in Brooklyn, New York, she changed her name officially to Norah Jones at the age of 16. The daughter of the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones, she spent her childhood with her mother, who moved to the Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, Texas, when Jones was four. She attended Colleyville Middle School, followed by a short period at Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She admitted that her only formal singing training was at Colleyville Middle School (where she took choir) and at Booker T. Washington (where she took a choir class also).While at Colleyville, she was in band as well and played the alto saxophone. She has always liked the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday among others from the ‘oldies’ section and considers Willie Nelson her idol. She has been quoted as saying, “My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set, I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again.”
Her second album, Feels like Home, was released on February 9, 2004. Rather than repeat the softer, jazz mood of Come Away with Me, her second album was influenced by country music. Within a week of its release, Feels like Home had sold over a million copies, making it the highest-selling album in the history of Blue Note Records. Jones toured globally again, to promote the album with the Handsome Band, and the addition of backing singer Daru Oda. Time magazine included Jones on the Time 100, a list of the most influential people of 2004. “Feels Like Home” has sold over 14 million copies.
Throughout 2002 and 2003 Jones appeared on stages, globally, for her first tour with the Handsome Band, travelling throughout Asia, America, Europe and Oceania. The tour was received with numerous sell-out concerts and positive critical acclaim.
Jones began a United States concert tour to promote her third album, Not Too Late, on April 13, 2007, and ending with a free concert in New York City on July 6, 2007. Pre-sales of tickets to the shows were made available to her fan club members, and many sold out well before the performance date. She begins her European tour on July 9, 2007 in Paris, and finishing with a concert in London on August 27, 2007, in Sopot on August 31 and in Reykjavík, Iceland on September 2, 2007 .