The most recent release from Norah Jones, 2012's Little Broken Hearts, is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world’s most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters. Jones first emerged on the world stage 10 years ago with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signalling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing synthetic pop music of the time. Come Away With Me has recently become the #10 best-selling album of the Soundscan era. The album has sold 25 million copies worldwide.
Since then, Jones has released three more critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums—Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), and The Fall (2009)—as well as two albums with her country collective The Little Willies—five friends involved in separate outside projects, who simply wanted to play music together. This project, featuring Norah Jones, showed her to possess an incredibly versatile voice throughout her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, and Foo Fighters. Jones also collaborated with Danger Mouse on his acclaimed 2011 album ROME, a valentine to classic Italian film score music that also featured Jack White.
Jones will tour extensively in 2012, performing at a mixture of festivals—including the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest in Ottawa—amphitheatres and theatres in North America and abroad. She will debut songs from Little Broken Hearts, with her new band. European dates, include a pair of sold out London shows at the Royal Festival Hall.