Norah Jones was born on March 30, 1979 as Geethali Norah Jones Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar, the famous Indian musician. She spent most of her childhood with her mother Sue Jones who was a dancer by trade.
Her mother collected music records and as a result, Norah was exposed at a young age to many different artists like Billie Holiday, Willie Nelson and Bill Evans. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.
Initial recognition for her talent came when she won the Downbeat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition while in high school. She then majored in jazz piano at the University of North Texas, staying there for 2 years before going on to perform at clubs and coffee houses. During this time she also started writing her own material.
Soon, Norah Jones formed a group and began recording demos. She eventually signed a contract with Blue Note Records in 2001. Her debut album 'Come Away with Me' was released in 2002 and was an instant was a hit, winning 8 Grammys including a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.