Geethali Norah Jones Shankar (born March 30, 1979), popularly known by her stage name Norah Jones is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, keyboardist, guitarist and actress. She is the daughter of Indian sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar and dancer Sue Jones, and the half-sister of Anoushka Shankar.
Her career began with her 2002 debut album ''Come Away with Me'', an adult contemporary vocal jazz album with a soul/folk/country tinge that received eight Grammy Awards, five of which were awarded personally to Jones, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. In the United States, the album debuted on the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #139 and reached the top of the chart after one year. All told, the album was on the Billboard 200 for 153 weeks. The diamond certified album featured hit singles “Don’t Know Why” and the title track and has sold more than ten million copies in the United States and over 20 million records worldwide.
Jones' second studio album, “Feels like Home,” was released in February 2004. It contains music similar to its predecessor but incorporates more country sounds. It sold a million copies in the first week of its U.S. release, and it was the second best-selling album of 2004, with about 4 million copies sold in U.S. and was certified 4x platinum. The album has shipped over 10 million copies worldwide, and was the twenty-fourth best-selling album of the 2000s. Jones won one Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Sunrise,” and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the song "Creepin' In" with Dolly Parton.
Her third studio album, “Not Too Late,” was released in January 2007. The 2x platinum certified album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, making it Jones' third consecutive #1 album. It was the tenth best-selling album of 2007 and has sold more than two million copies. The first single from the album was "Thinking About You," which was released in the U.S. in early December 2006 and was one of the first songs by a major artist to be available for paid digital download in mp3 format. The second single from the album was "Sinkin' Soon," released in March 2007.
Jones released her fourth album, “The Fall,” in November 2009, which has a more rock-oriented sound. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified platinum. The first single, "Chasing Pirates," was released in October 2009.
In 2010 Jones released “…Featuring,” a compilation album of songs by other artists which Jones appeared on, including songs by her side projects The Little Willies and El Madmo. The album includes "Here We Go Again," a duet with Ray Charles which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 2005.