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Diana Krall Biography

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Born: 1964/11/16
Birth Place: Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Years Active: 1985 — present
Genres: Jazz, Traditional Pop

Diana Krall, OC, OBC (born November 16, 1964) is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. Krall has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist during the 1990s and 2000s. In 2009, Billboard magazine named her the #2 Jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time.

In 1993, Krall released her first album, “Stepping Out,” which she recorded with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. It caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who produced her second album, 1995’s “Only Trust Your Heart.”

Her third album, 1996’s “All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio,” was nominated for a Grammy Award and stayed for 70 weeks on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, peaking at #3. Her next album, “Love Scenes” was issued in 1997 and quickly became a hit record reaching #1 on the Jazz Albums chart. It featured the trio of Krall, guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride.

Orchestral arrangements by Johnny Mandel provided the background to the 1999 album, “When I Look In Your Eyes.” Her second straight #1 Jazz album was nominated at the 42nd Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, the first time in 25 years that a jazz album was nominated for the award, and won two awards for Best Jazz Vocal and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

“The Look of Love” followed in 2001, reaching the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums chart. It went to #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and on the Canadian Albums chart. The title track from the album, a cover of the Casino Royale standard popularized in the late 1960s by Dusty Springfield and Sergio Mendes, reached #22 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

After marrying Elvis Costello, she worked with him as a lyricist and started to compose her own songs, resulting in the album “The Girl in the Other Room.” The album, released in April 2004, again topped the Jazz Albums and Canadian Albums charts, while also reaching #4 on the Billboard 200.

“From This Moment On,” released in 2006 on Verve Records, debuted at #1 on the Canadian albums chart, making it Krall's third consecutive #1 album. The album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

“Quiet Nights,” her ninth full-length album, was released in 2009. The album peaked at #2 on the Canadian Albums chart and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums, making it Krall' sixth consecutive #1 album, a first by any artist.

Krall issued her next album, “Glad Rag Doll,” in 2012. Featuring somewhat obscure and dated jazz cover songs, the album was produced by T-Bone Burnett and included appearances by Marc Ribot, Bryan Sutton, Colin Linden, Howard Coward and others.