Norah Jones won eight Grammy Awards for her debut album!
As the daughter of The Beatles‘ musical mentor Ravi Shankar, Norah’s destiny might seem written in the stars when, at the age of twenty-three, she released her incredibly successful album ‘Come Away With Me’ on the legendary label Blue Note.
Norah’s debut was produced by Arif Mardin (Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, Bee Gees, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin) who, with his vast experience, managed to capture the rich voice and intimate sound of Norah’s music.
In 2005, the album received diamond status as it reached ten million sales.
Since then the debut album has sold over twenty-two million copies making it the most successful jazz album of all time, beating even Miles Davis’ ‘Kind Of Blue’ to the throne.
Norah Jones’ awards
Norah’s first visit to the Grammy’s resulted in her receiving eight Grammy awards. Five of these were directed straight at her performance. Since then, Norah has won even more awards! In total, she has received a total of twelve Grammy awards, four World Music awards, and one Brit award.
As far as sales go, Norah Jones has sold over thirty-seven million records worldwide, making her the most popular female artist post the millennium!
Following the immensely successful album ‘Come Away With Me’ was a pretty daunting task for anyone, especially after getting eight Grammy awards for the debut!
The second album, ‘Feels Like Home’ was, just as the first one, produced by Arif Mardin who now took the calm jazz/folk piano led style more towards American country roots.
The stand out track, ‘Creepin’ In‘, a duet with Dolly Parton was written by Norah Jones’ bass player Lee Alexander who had credits on six out of thirteen songs on ‘Feels Like Home’.
Apart from Norah, Lee and Dolly Parton, another legendary musician played on the album. On the track ‘What Am I To You’ we hear Levon Helm on drums (drummer and vocalist of legendary The Band).
The success of ‘Feels Like Home’ was instant with almost two million copies sold worldwide during its first week of release!
Following this, Norah set out for her second Grammy award and this time, she clinched Best Female Pop Vocal.