More About Norah Jones, Daughter of Ravi Shankar

May/17/2022 / by Team SEEMA
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About Norah Jones

Norah Jones is a singer and songwriter as well as a musician and actress. An album launched her career in 2002, giving her commercial success and critical acclaim. It had the title, “Come Away With Me.” The album sold more than 26 million copies as well as received five GRAMMY awards. Named the top jazz artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard, she is the winner of much recognition.

Today, still involved in music, she lives as a private person but uses social media to promote her favorite causes and has created a tribute to George Floyd as well as other causes.

Norah Jones Biography

Born in 1979 in the United States, in New York City, her real name is Geetali Norah Jones Shankar. Her father was the acclaimed sitar player, Ravi Shankar, while her mother is Sue Jones, who was a concert producer. Her parents never married; they separated in 1986. She lived with her mother in Grapevine, Texas after the separation of her mother and father. Norah attended Grapevine High School before a transfer to a performing arts and art high school in Dallas.

While she was still in high school, she played the saxophone and sang in the choir in school. She changed her name to Norah Jones when she was 16 years old; at the time, she had the consent of her parents.

With voice lessons and a place in the church choir, Norah became a member of the church who considers herself more spiritual than religious. While still in high school, she received awards: The 1996 and 1997 DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition in 1996.

She attended the University of North Texas. While there, she majored in jazz piano. She also sang with the UNT Jazz Singers. A fortuitous meeting with Jesse Harris led to future collaboration. Leaving Texas for New York City in 1999, she founded a band with Harris.

In 2003, she formed The Little Willies, an alternative country band. Nora was on piano keyboards and sang. The five friends formed a band; it consisted, in addition to Norah Jones, of Lee Alexander (bass), Richard Julian (guitar/vocals), Dan Rieser (drums), and Jim Campilongo (guitar). They found that they shared a love of the country music of Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. The Little Willies released an album in 2006. Another followed in 2012, called For the Good Times, which paid homage to country classics.

Also in the year, 2003, she amassed GRAMMY awards with her album, Come Away With Me. However, at the time, she was just reuniting with her father, Ravi Shankar, after an estrangement of years. She worried that success would swallow her up, since the media fixated heavily on her dad and their relationship. Since that time, other solo albums have won critical acclaim. They have also enjoyed abundant commercial success.

In 2010, she made collaborations with other artists, including the Foo Fighters, Herbie Hancock, Outkast and Willie Nelson. This gives her a diverse and successful array of music and musical ability.

Her albums include the following: Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), The Fall (2009), Little Broken Hearts (2012), Day Breaks (2016), and Pick Me Up Off The Floor (2020). Since 2019, she has concentrated on a series of singles that include work with collaborators. They may be her friends or other artists, providing her a diverse selection of collaboration. Some other artists include Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Rodrigo Amarante, Thomas Bartlett, Tarriona Tank Ball and Brian Blade. Some of these singles are part of a 2019 collection, called Begin Again.

She has a half-sister, Anoushka Shankar. As an older sister, Anoushka has taught Nora to be the best parent possible. They did not share a childhood but are close now as adults and mothers. Her sister lives in London, but they get together during every summer.

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Named 60th in Billboard’s Artist of the Year between 2000 and 2009, she won nine Grammy awards. Worldwide, she has sold more than 50 million albums.

Her 2020 album, Pick Me Up Off the Floor, was her eighth album. It had inspiration from an unusual source, Dr. Seuss. Feeling rhymes in her head after reading the stories to her children, she found poetic inspiration.

Norah Jones released an album of Christmas music, called, “I Dream of Christmas.” She celebrated its release live on top of the Empire State Building in New York City. The album had release in October of 2021 and contained favorites, such as White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Blue Christmas and other songs. In addition to songs by other writers, it also contains songs that she wrote.

‘Til We Meet Again, a live performance, had release in April of 2021 and contained songs from performances recorded in the US, France, Italy, Brazil and Argentina. They were from the years 2017-19. It includes a tribute to Chris Cornell, an American singer, songwriter, and musician, recorded after his death.

She is the recipient of two nominations for МТV Аѕіа Аwаrdѕ. She also had a nomination for the МТV Аѕіа Аwаrdѕ. Added to this, the Оnlіnе Fіlm аnd Теlеvіѕіоn Аѕѕосіаtіоn nominated her for Веѕt Мuѕіс fоr a Mоvіе, “ТED”. One can see her online with Ted as she sings, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend.”

Where is Norah Jones today? She lived in Brooklyn, New York in 2020 at the beginning of the lockdown. Homeschooling her two children, she finds inspiration in many ways and is still an active and accomplished musician. She leads a private life, by choice, and has not released the names of her children.

She paid tribute to her father with an at-home rendition of “I Am Missing You” when the concert planned for his centennial had cancellation. She especially appreciates her father’s childlike sense of humor and wishes that he could see her kids. However, she is happy that they had a reconciliation and had a chance to know each other.

She is optimistic for the future and knows the most important thing is that her children feel loved. She is happy that things are changing for people, no matter what the color of their skin, and for the planet. She uses social media to promote causes that she cares for including justice and funds for musicians who lost their livelihood.

What is her worth? Norah Jones’s net worth has an estimate of $30 million in the year 2022.

FAQ

Who is Norah Jones married to?

She is not in a marriage at present or her marital status is not known. She has two sons.

When did Norah Jones start her career?

Signing a contract with Blue Note Records, she began in 2001 and had commercial success by 2002. By 2003, she was the winner of GRAMMY awards.

What nationality is Norah Jones?

She is American, with her parents as Indian and American. Her father is from India and her mother is from America, so she is of Indian-American heritage.

Where was Norah Jones born?

She was born in the United States, in Manhattan, New York City. In 2021, Norah Jones’s age was 42 years.