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Norah Jone’s music is perfect for an easy Sunday

 

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Here are the lyrics for Sunrise

Sunrise, sunrise
Looks like morning in your eyes
But the clocks held 9:15 for hours
Sunrise, sunrise
Couldn’t tempt us if it tried
‘Cause the afternoon’s already come and gone
And i said ooh, ooh, ooh, to you

Surprise, surprise
Couldn’t find it in your eyes
But I’m sure it’s written all over my face

Surprise, surprise
Never something I could hide
When I see we made it through another day

Then I say, oh, oh, oh, to you

And now the night
Will throw its cover down on me again
Oh, and if I’m right
It’s the only way to bring me back

Oh, oh, oh, to you
Oh, oh, oh, to you

 

Norah Jones

Norah Jones[1] (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress. She is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. She is also Anoushka Shankar’s half-sister.[2]

In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album Come Away with Me, a fusion of country music and pop with elements of jazz which was certified diamond album, selling over 26 million copies.[3] The record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist.[4] Her subsequent studio albums Feels Like Home, released in 2004; Not Too Late, released in 2007, the same year she made her film debut in My Blueberry Nights; and 2009’s The Fall all gained Platinum status, selling over a million copies each[5] and were generally well received by critics.[6] Jones’ fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts, was released on April 27, 2012.

Jones has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazine’s artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart.[7] Throughout her career, Jones has won numerous awards and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.[8] Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade.

Jones was born in 1979 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, to Indian sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar and American concert producer Sue Jones.[9] After her parents’ separation in 1986, Jones spent her childhood with her mother in Grapevine, Texas. She attended Colleyville Middle School and Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. While in high school, Jones sang in the school choir, participated in band and played the alto saxophone. At the age of sixteen, with her parents’ consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones.[1][10]

Jones always had an affinity for the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday, among other “oldies”. She once said, “My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set; I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again.”

Jones began singing in church choirs and took piano lessons as a child. She still attends church. She considers herself spiritual and appreciates the rituals of her church but does not consider herself deeply religious.[11]

She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts during the summers. While at high school, she won the DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist (twice, in 1996 and 1997) and Best Original Composition (1996).[12]

Jones attended the University of North Texas (UNT), where she majored in jazz piano and sang with the UNT Jazz Singers. During this time, she had a chance meeting with future collaborator Jesse Harris. She gave a ride to a band playing at the university whose members happened to be friends of Harris. He was on a cross-country road-trip with friend and future Little Willies member, Richard Julian, and stopped to see the band play. After meeting Jones, Harris started sending her lead sheets of his songs. In 1999, she left for New York City. Less than a year later, she started a band with Harris, which made her famous.[13]

Jones moved to New York City and signed to Blue Note Records, a label owned by EMI Group. The signing came as an indirect result of Jones performing background vocals for singer-songwriter Victoria Williams.[14] Shell White, the wife of Williams’ producer JC Hopkins, worked in Blue Note’s royalties department and passed Jones’s three-track demo on to the label’s president Bruce Lundvall and its A&R Brian Bacchus. The demo featured two jazz standards and a song by Jesse Harris.[14] Lundvall and Bacchus immediately agreed Jones had great potential and although initially unsure about what direction her music would follow, particularly since Blue Note was a jazz label, they nevertheless decided to sign Jones. Bacchus told HitQuarters: “We let her find her own direction…. We knew that if she could develop her songwriting and we could find great songs, it would work.”[14]

Jones was first teamed up with experienced producer and engineer Jay Newland. Bacchus thought that Newland’s experience in jazz, blues, rock, country and folk would give him a “feeling for her sound.”[14] Together they cut around nine demo tracks, of which six formed her debut Blue Note release, the sampler First Sessions, while the rest were set aside for her debut album.[14] First Sessions was released in 2001.

Jones was a lounge singer before becoming a recording artist.[15] Prior to releasing her first album, she performed with Wax Poetic, Peter Malick and jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter.[16][17][18]

Released in February 2002, Jones’s debut album, Come Away with Me, was celebrated for its blending of mellow, acoustic pop with soul and jazz. Debuting at No. 139, it reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The single “Don’t Know Why” hit No. 1 on the Top 40 Adult Recurrents in 2003 and No. 30 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

In 2003, she won five Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for the album and Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single “Don’t Know Why” at the 45th Grammy Awards. This matched the record for most Grammy wins by a female artist in a single night (tying with Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys). That night, Jesse Harris won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for composing “Don’t Know Why”, Arif Mardin won Producer of the Year, primarily for his work on Come Away With Me, and the album also received the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.[4][9]

The album received platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America on August 22, 2002, and went on to become a diamond album on February 15, 2005.[19] It remains Blue Note’s biggest-selling album.[9]

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08 Different Kind of Fine

 

Here are the lyrics for Different Kind of Fine

She make a train take a dirt road

Make it stop on a dime

Make ’em wonder which way to go

Make a man change his mind

She’s a lawyer’s queen,

a trucker’s dream

With a baseball hat fit for a queen

A genuine, a different kind of fine

Cadillacs and caviar

Well, that ain’t how she rolls

Implants and tummy tucks

She sure don’t need those

She’s a cool drink of water

When the summer’s mean

Poured into those Levis jeans

She’s country as the day is long

She make a train take a dirt road

Make it stop on a dime

Make ’em wonder which way to go

Make a man change his mind

She’s a lawyer’s queen and a trucker’s dream

With a baseball hat fit for a queen

A genuine, a different kind of fine

Tan and lean like a long-neck bottle

In the passenger seat

Got her hand on the throttle

She’ll get you there right on time

Lord, take you down to Tijuana

Make you wanna slap your momma

Gotcha all tore up and made you spill your dip cup

Bona fide, a different kind of fine

Make a train take a dirt road

Make it stop on a dime

Make ’em wonder which way to go

Make a man change his mind

She’s a lawyer’s queen and a trucker’s dream

With a baseball hat fit for a queen

A genuine, a different kind of fine

She make a train take a dirt road

Make it stop on a dime

She make ’em wonder which way to go

Make a man change his mind

A lawyer’s queen, a trucker’s dream

A baseball hat fit for a queen

Genuine, a different kind of fine!

Lord, Lord!

 

A little bit of information about Zac Brown

Zac Brown Band is an American country/folk band based in Atlanta, Georgia. The lineup consists of Zac Brown (lead vocals, guitar), Jimmy De Martini (fiddle, vocals), John Driskell Hopkins (bass guitar, vocals), Coy Bowles (guitar, keyboards), Chris Fryar (drums), Clay Cook (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, steel guitar, vocals), and Daniel de los Reyes (percussion). The band has toured throughout the United States, including a slot on the 2009 and 2010 Bonnaroo Music Festival. They have also recorded five studio albums, and charted nine Number One singles on the Billboard country charts: “Chicken Fried”, “Toes”, “Highway 20 Ride”, “Free”, “As She’s Walking Away”, “Colder Weather”, “Knee Deep”, “Keep Me In Mind”, and “Goodbye in Her Eyes” in addition to the singles “Whatever It Is” and “No Hurry”, which peaked at number 2 on the same chart.

Zac Brown was born July 31, 1978 in Cumming, Georgia. He was raised by his mom and step-dad, a dentist, on Lake Lanier. The 11th of 12 children, Brown attended Mashburn Elementary School in Cumming, Georgia, Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, and South Forsyth High School in Cumming. He later moved to Dahlonega, Georgia, where he graduated from Lumpkin County High School. He learned to play classical guitar at the age of 7. As a teenager, he played solo gigs in local venues, performing country and pop cover songs. Brown attended the University of West Georgia, where he was a member of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He was also a camp counselor at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Ga. & Camp Glisson, a United Methodist summer camp and retreat center located in Dahlonega, GA.[4]

In 2002, the Zac Brown Band was formed and they began traveling with a heavy tour schedule of approximately 200 dates a year. The initial Zac Brown Band lineup consisted of Brown, on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, backed by a drummer and a bass guitarist. In 2003, Brown started his own label, called Home Grown (today, it is called Southern Ground for legal reasons).

In 2004, Brown opened a music club and restaurant with his father in the Lake Oconee area of Georgia, called “Zac’s Place” where the fare was southern-style cooking. A developer bought the restaurant and, in turn, the Zac Brown Band bought a tour bus and began touring full-time, playing rock and country clubs as well as folk and jam band festivals. 2004 also saw the release of the Zac Brown Band’s first independent album, Far from Einstyne.

It was also in 2004 when Brown added violinist/fiddler and tenor vocalist Jimmy De Martini to the Zac Brown Band lineup. According to an interview with De Martini, he explained that Wyatt Durette, Brown’s frequent songwriting collaborator, was working as a bartender at Sidelines Sports Bar in Kennesaw, Georgia at the time, where the Zac Brown Band frequently performed. Durette suggested De Martini to Brown, who was wanting a “lead instrument” in his band, as well as a harmony singer. After doing several performances with the band at the club, Brown asked De Martini to become a permanent member, to which De Martini gladly obliged.[5]

Bowles then transferred to Atlanta’s Georgia State University to study music. He subsequently became involved in Atlanta’s various music scenes, and eventually formed Coy Bowles and the Fellowship in 2004. Two years later, Bowles decided to reconnect with Brown. Through mutual friends, he learned that the Zac Brown Band was scheduled to perform in Atlanta one evening. Bowles and Brown spent the afternoon prior to the performance reacquainting with each other, which ended with Brown inviting Bowles to sit in with his band at that night’s performance, which Bowles gladly accepted. To return the favor, Bowles invited the band to attend his own gig with the Fellowship a couple of months later, which in turn resulted in Brown and his band sitting in at that gig.

This turn of events continued for eight months until Bowles concluded that it was too overwhelming to balance his time with Brown’s band and his own band and other activities, thus making a difficult decision to put the Fellowship on an indefinite hiatus and become a permanent member of the Zac Brown Band, as that was what he enjoyed the most.[6][7]

In 2008, the Zac Brown Band signed to Live Nation Artists Records (in association with Brown’s own Home Grown label), but not before Chris Fryar became yet another addition to the band. An Alabama native, Fryar attended North Texas State University and the Mississippi University for Women and made a name for himself in the Birmingham music scene.[8] According to Fryar, a mutual friend recommended him to Brown, who was in need of a new drummer for the band. Fryar, who in turn had just finished a stint with a previous band, subsequently auditioned and shortly afterward became the Zac Brown Band’s newest member.[9]

The Zac Brown Band’s debut single, “Chicken Fried”, was originally recorded in 2003 and included on the Home Grown album, but later re-recorded and released to country radio in 2008. This song was also recorded by The Lost Trailers, whose 2006 recording was released as a single but withdrawn after Brown decided that he wanted to release it himself.[10] Brown also co-wrote “Simple Life”, a song recorded by The Lost Trailers on their 2006 self-titled album.

In October 2008, Atlantic Records acquired distribution of “Chicken Fried” after Live Nation Artists closed. The band’s album The Foundation was released under Atlantic Records’ newly re-established country division in association with the Home Grown/Big Picture label on November 18 of that year.[11] “Chicken Fried” reached No. 1 on the country charts that same month, making them the first country band to reach No. 1 with a debut single since Heartland did so in 2006 with “I Loved Her First.”[12]

In July 2012, Zac Brown Band debuted their new CD, Uncaged, which was well received. Billboard considered the album to be the best country album of 2012 as of its release.[13]

On January 20, 2013, Zac Brown Band performed the National Anthem during the NFC Championship Game between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

In January 2009, two months after “Chicken Fried” went to No. 1, Atlanta native Clay Cook joined the Zac Brown Band as its multi-instrumentalist and high tenor vocalist. Cook had previously collaborated with John Mayer and Shawn Mullins, and was also a member of the Marshall Tucker Band for two years prior to joining the Zac Brown Band. According to Cook, he and Brown actually both attended and graduated from high school together, but were never acquainted with each other during that period. He explains how he first met Brown:

We ran into each other (in) 2003 in a club scene in Atlanta, where I think my band opened up for his band…ever since then, we’ve been friendly…and I think he just thought I was a singer-songwriter for a long time; and then we were on a (music) cruise ship together…and I was playing with the Marshall Tucker Band at the time, and (Brown)’s band (also participated in the cruise)…and he actually got to see me play the guitar…and then he realized, ‘I need this guy in my band,’ I guess.[14]

Brown himself admitted his strong desire to add Cook to the lineup, for he believed Cook’s musicianship would enhance the Zac Brown Band’s overall musical style:

I’d been tryin’ to get him in the band for three years, and you know, it’s been a journey, but I always knew [he could make us better]. I’m a harmony fanatic. I love big harmonies and things, and we didn’t have a high tenor, and Jimmy [De Martini], my fiddle player, sings a lot of the high stuff now, but havin’ somebody that can actually sing on top of that, we’ve added a four-part harmony now that’s searing, and the guy’s a monster player, too.”[15]

With the new Zac Brown Band lineup completed, the band released its second single, “Whatever It Is,” which went to No. 2. In October 2009, a third single, “Toes,” became the band’s second Number One. The album’s fourth single, and third No. 1, was “Highway 20 Ride”. “Free” was the album’s fifth single and on the week of August 21, 2010, it also peaked at Number One.

On April 25, 2012, it was announced via the Zac Brown Band’s website that percussionist Daniel de los Reyes had joined the band on a permanent basis. De los Reyes had previously performed with the band as a touring musician and participated in the recording of their album Uncaged. De los Reyes has also performed with artists and groups such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Jennifer Lopez and Sting.[16] “Goodbye in Her Eyes” reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart in 2013. The album’s third single, “Jump Right In” released to country radio on February 25, 2013.

Since 2009, the Zac Brown Band has earned 55 award nominations from the Grammys, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association and Country Music Television, and has won 7.[17]

They have received four nominations for the 2009 CMA Awards: New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Music Video of the Year for their No. 1 single, “Chicken Fried”. That same year, they received three Grammy nominations for Best Country Album, Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals and Best New Artist. On January 31, 2010, the band won the Grammy award for Best New Artist.

The Zac Brown Band was also nominated in 2009 for three ACM awards, “Album of the Year”, “Top Vocal Group”, and was one of eight contenders for “Entertainer of the Year”.[citation needed]

The Zac Brown Band led the nominees for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2011, with a total of nine nominations including: Top Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year.[18]

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