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Pop-Jazz Vocalist Norah Jones
Debut Album 'Come Away with Me' Sweeps Grammys

cover of Norah Jones''Come Away with Me'
Norah Jones earned five Grammys, including album and record of the year. Her album, Come Away with Me, garnered eight awards overall.

Grammys Awarded for Come Away With Me:

Record of the Year: "Don't Know Why," Norah Jones.
Album of the Year: Come Away With Me, Norah Jones.
Song of the Year: "Don't Know Why," Jesse Harris (Norah Jones).
Best New Artist: Norah Jones.
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Don't Know Why," Norah Jones.
Best Pop Vocal Album: Come Away With Me, Norah Jones.
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: "Come Away With Me," Husky Huskolds and Jay Newland, engineers (Norah Jones)


Norah Jones and NPR's Marian McPartland
Norah Jones and NPR's Marian McPartland.
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Feb. 24, 2003 -- At just 23, Norah Jones is already taking the music world by storm. At the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, Jones won each of the awards for which she'd been nominated: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal, Best Pop Vocal Album and Record of the Year, for her hit single "Don't Know Why." Her debut album, Come Away with Me, garnered eight awards overall.

The daughter of Indian sitar guru Ravi Shankar and New York concert producer Sue Jones, Norah Jones began in music early. Though born in New York, she grew up in Grapevine, Texas, where she sang in church choirs, took piano lessons and experimented with the alto saxophone.

At the age of 15, Jones began attending the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. A year later, she performed her first solo gig at a local coffee house. More performances continued, and Jones was soon awarded a variety of Down Beat Student Music Awards, including those for "Best Jazz Vocalist" and "Best Original Composition." She later majored in jazz piano at the University of North Texas, known for it's top-rated jazz program.

In the summer of 1999, Jones moved to Manhattan and began writing songs and performing at small clubs. By fall 2000, she had a group of her own and had recorded demos for Blue Note Records, best known for its jazz labels. Following a live showcase, she signed with Blue Note in January 2001.

Jones started work on her Come Away With Me in May 2001, with producer Craig Street. In August, she asked legendary producer Arif Mardin to come on board. The adroit, understated production and the solid backing of her group -- former guitarist Jesse Harris and bassist Lee Alexander -- gave Jones room to combine elements of jazz, soul, country, and folk-pop in a warm, unselfconscious blend.


In Depth

more Learn more about Norah Jones from the Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Web site.


more Read about and hear Norah Jones on the All Songs Considered Web site.


More NPR Coverage

• Official Norah Jones Web site.

Blue Note Records' Norah Jones Web site.





   
   
   
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