Geethali Norah Jones Shankar or widely known as Norah Jones, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Her music revolves around jazz, pop, and folk genres.
Jones is so successful that she is dubbed the top Jazz artist of the 2000s decade.
Her music sells millions of records worldwide. Throughout the superstar’s career, she released over eight solo albums, four compilation albums, and over 20 singles.
Some of her hits are Don’t Know Why (2002), After The Fall (2012), Thinking About You (2007), and a long, long list continues.
Jones garnered 9 Grammy Awards on top of other honors she received. Billboard magazine has put her in the 60th place of magazine’s artists of the 2000s chart.
She was born on March 30, 1979, in New York City. The jazz superstar’s parents are also well-known stars themselves.
She was a daughter to American Sue Jones and Indian Ravi Shankar. She spent her early days growing up in Grapevine, Texas, with her mother. Norah has two siblings.
Ravi Shankar, Norah Jone’s Father
Ravindra Shankar Chowdhury was born on April 7, 1920. He was a musical legend in India, a composer, and a sitarist.
After graduating, Shankar immediately worked in the 1940s as a composer and music director for a radio station in the said country.
Eventually, Shankar rose to fame when she began to perform in Europe in the late 1950s to 1960s.
He played classical Indian music and has been associated with big shots like Yehudi Menuhin and The Beatle’s George Harrison.
This led to the increase of Indian music and instruments in Western countries. His relationship with Norah Jones is not that good and considered distant.
He died on December 11, 2012, at the age of 92.
Norah Jones’ Mother, Sue Jones
Susan or Sue Jones is a concert producer/promoter and a nurse. Sue took her daughter to Texas after she broke up with the Indian composer.
She made sure that her father won’t contact Norah. She influenced Norah’s taste in music through her record collection, including jazz, soul, and blues music.
Other personal details about the icon’s mother are not disclosed.
Norah Jones’ Siblings
Norah has two half-siblings from her father, Ravi. An older brother, Shubhendera “Shubho” Shankar, and a younger sister,
Shubho was also a musician, composer, and designer. He often accompanied his father on tours. On September 15, 1992, he succumbed to pneumonia.
Anoushka, just like her father and older brother, is also a popular sitarist and musician.
She also gained a lot of awards, such as the British House of Commons Shield and seven nominations for Grammy awards. She is also a film producer and composer.