Diana Krall

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The highly renowned jazz singer and pianist, Diana Jean Krall was born on November 16, 1964 in Nanaimo, British Colombia to Adella and Stephen James Krall. Both her parents were avid music lovers and Krall started playing the piano since the age of 4. By the time she was in high school, she was already playing and singing at various bars and restaurants. Upon graduating from high school, she received a scholarship at the Berkley College of Music in Boston. After getting her degree, she subsequently moved to Los Angeles but returned to Toronto where she released her first album.

Her album, “Stepping Out” (1993) was recorded with Jell Hamilton and John Clayton and caught the attention of Tommy LiPuma, with whom she produced her next album, “Only Trust Your Heart” in 1995. However it was for her third album, “All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole” released in 1996, that Krall earned a nomination at the Grammy Awards and prevailed at the Billboard jazz charts for a whopping 70 weeks.

Krall’s fourth album was released in 1997, titled “Love Scenes” and gained instant success much of which is attributed to the dynamic combination of Krall, Russell Malone on guitar and Christian McBride on bass. Her next album was released in 1999, titled “When I Look In Your Eyes” and the album included Johnny Mandel’s orchestral arrangements in the background. The album was a phenomenal success amongst her fans and stamped her as a genius in jazz. The album also earned her a nomination at the Grammy Awards for “Best Jazz Performance” which she subsequently won.

In 2001, Diana Krall released her album, “The Look of Love” which was the creation of Claus Ogerman. The album garnered colossal success and fame for Krall and gained platinum status as well as reaching top ten at the Billboard 200. The album’s theme song snagged a spot at number 22 on the adult music charts. Krall decided to conduct a world tour in which her first live concert was recorded, titled as “Diana Krall: Live in Paris”. The album won her the Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Album” in 2002. Also in 2001, Krall recorded the song, “I’ll Make It Up As I Go” for the movie, “The Score” which was composed by David Foster.

Krall got married to Elvis Costello in 2003 and after being encouraged by her husband, made the transition to being a lyricist, writing her own lyrics for her albums. Subsequently, she released her album, “The Girl in the Other Room” in 2004. Although the album earned a spot in the top five at the UK, some of the critics found it dissatisfying, claiming that by straying from her pure jazz style of music towards the more contemporary pop genre, Krall had lost some of her previous magic. However the criticism did not dissuade Krall from experimenting new fusions and styles of music and in 2009 released the album, “Quiet Night” which featured Brazilian songs. In 2012, she released her album, “Glad Rag Doll” which had Prohibition era songs. Some of her recent works include her album, “Wallflower” which was released in February 2015.

Diana Krall is the winner of numerous awards including five Grammys and eight Juno Awards. Her albums have achieved gold, platinum and multi-platinum status on various occasions. She was also honored a spot in Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2004 and given an honorary doctorate from University of Victoria. In her personal life, she is married and has two twin sons named Dexter and Frank James.

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