Norah Jones

In a March 2007 Blender magazine profile, Josh Eells asked Norah Jones if she smoked pot. Her answer was, "Of course. I'm not a pothead, but, you know, sometimes. I don't smoke a lot, though, because I usually just fall asleep. And I get the munchies, but I don't have a problem with that. That's the best part." Asked, "Ever get high with your buddy Willie Nelson?" Jones responded, "I'm not going near Willie's weed! My friend did once, and he had to go home and sleep for 12 hours. Willie's weed is no joke."

Jones, a daughter of Ravi Shankar whose 2002 debut album Come Away With Me sold over twenty million copies worldwide and received eight Grammy Awards, including "Album of the Year" and "Best New Artist" for Jones. The album hit number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, with the single "Don't Know Why," an ode to the A minor seventh, hitting number one on the Top 40 Adult Recurrents in 2003.

Born March 30, 1979, Jones won the DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist (twice, in 1996 and 1997) and Best Original Composition (1996) while in high school. She then attended the University of North Texas, where she majored in jazz piano. In 1999, two years into the program, Jones left for New York City and performed frequently with guitarist Charlie Hunter in 2001.

While Jones is best-known for her velvety vocals, her abilities as a jazz pianist have likewise been celebrated. On January 19, 2003 Jones appeared as a guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR, performing jazz standards such as "September in the Rain" and "I Can't Get Started," and later that year she appeared again with McPartland at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, performing more standards such as "Lover Man" and "Walking My Baby Back Home".

Jones has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in both 2004 and 2005. She received Grammy Awards in 2005, including "Record of the Year" and "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" for her collaboration with Ray Charles on the song "Here We Go Again". She personally earned her eighth Grammy (and eleventh overall) for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for her song "Sunrise". That year, Jones appeared on the self-titled record by Amos Lee. In January 2007, Jones released her third album; Not Too Late debuted at #1 on the charts.

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