Norah Jones - Feels like Home

Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 2:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 2:42 p.m.

With her unique style combination of folk, country, jazz and blues, 23-year-old Norah Jones creates music that bridges different genres and unites many listeners.

Released in February 2004, "Feels Like Home" is a 13-track collection of soft, relaxing melodies. Much like her debut, "Come Away with Me," Jones continues to carry listeners with her sweet, soothing vocals and docile music.

Woven throughout each song, lyrics echo in a continuing story of love and heartache, as new experiences unfold following "The Long Way Home."

The album unwraps with "Sunrise" an enchanting, romantic sensation. Listeners are seduced with the sweet whispers "Sunrise, Sunrise, couldn't tempt us if it tried."

Dolly Parton joins in vocals during the song "Creepin' In," adding definite country flair to the up-beat tune.

A naturally talented musician, Jones was born on March 30, 1979, in New York. She is the daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, but was raised in a single-parent family, growing up in Texas with her mother Sue.

Throughout childhood, Jones enjoyed singing in local choirs and began taking piano lessons. Influenced by her mother's extensive assortment of music, Jones fell for acclaimed jazz singers such as Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.

While attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Jones won the Down Beat Student Music Award for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition. After graduation, Jones continued to study jazz at the University of North Texas. But, in the summer of 1999, Jones returned to New York City to pursue her career, subletting a friend's apartment while making ends meet by performing in restaurants and clubs.

Joining musicians Jessie Harris, Lee Alexandar and Dan Riser, she recorded a number of demos, and in 2002, Jones was signed to Blue Note Records.

After the release of "Come Away With Me," the cd quickly went multi- platinum leaving fans anticipating a follow-up masterpiece.

"Feels like Home" surpassed all expectations selling more than one million copies within the first week of sales.

Pianist-vocalist Norah Jones continues to produce an original, passionate sound, refusing to conform to any standards.

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