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Who is Diana Jean Krall?

Who is Diana Jean Krall OC, OBC? The Music world knows her as Diana Krall. Krall is a Grammy Award and Juno Awards-winning Canadian jazz pianist and singer. She is known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 5 million albums in the US and over 15 million records worldwide; altogether, she second has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist during the 2000s. On December 11, 2009, Krall was named by Billboard, the second Jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade, and She's the only jazz singer until six albums debuting at the top of the chart on the Billboard Jazz Albums.[3] She has won three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards.

Professional career

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, Only Trust Your Heart (1995).

Her third album, All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (1996), was nominated for a Grammy and continued for 70 weeks in the Billboard jazz charts. Love Scenes (1997) quickly became a hit record with the trio of Krall, Russell Malone (guitar) and Christian McBride (bass).

In August 2000, Krall was paired on a 20-city tour with Tony Bennett. They were paired again for a song on the TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...

Orchestral arrangements by Johnny Mandel provided the background on When I Look In Your Eyes (1999); more Grammy nominations came along, and she was rewarded as Best Jazz Musician of the Year. The band mix was kept, following arrangements on The Look of Love (2001) created by Claus Ogerman; this record achieved platinum status and reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The Look of Love went to number one on the Canadian album charts and went quadruple platinum in that country. 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 number 22 on the adult contemporary chart.

In September 2001, Krall began a world tour. Her concert at the Paris Olympia was recorded and released as her first live record. Diana Krall - Live in Paris topped the Billboard jazz charts,[citation needed] went top 20 on the Billboard 200 and went top five in Canada. It garnered her second Grammy (Best Vocal Jazz Record) and a Juno Award.[citation needed] The album included covers of Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are" (a hit on U.S. smooth jazz radio) and Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You."

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, quickly rose to the top five in the United Kingdom and made the Australian top 40 album charts.

She also joined Ray Charles on his Genius Loves Company album in 2004 on the song, "You Don't Know Me".

In late May 2007, Krall was featured in a Lexus ad campaign.[3] She also sang, "Dream a Little Dream of Me" with piano accompaniment by pianist Hank Jones.

Quiet Nights, her latest album, was released on 31 March 2009.

Krall also produced Barbra Streisand's album Love Is the Answer, released on 29 Sep 2009.

Personal life

Krall was born born November 16, 1964. She lost her mother Adella to multiple myeloma in 2002, within months of also losing her mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney. Diana's only sibling, Michelle, a former member of the RCMP, actively supports her older sister's career.

Krall and British musician (of Irish heritage) Elvis Costello were married on December 6, 2003 at Elton John's estate outside London. Their twin sons Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006 in New York City.

Grammy history

Diana Krall Grammy Award History[4]
Year Category Title Label Result Notes
1996 Best Jazz Vocal Performance All for You Impulse! Nominated
1997 Jazz Vocal Performance Love Scenes Impulse! Nominated
1999 Jazz Vocal Performance When I Look in Your Eyes Verve Winner
1999 Album of the Year When I Look in Your Eyes Verve Nominated
2002 Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals "Better Than Anything" Umvd Labels Nominated on the album Ask A Woman Who Knows (Natalie Cole)
2002 Best Jazz Vocal Album Live in Paris Verve Winner
2005 Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) "I Should Care" Verve Nominated arranger (Claus Ogerman)
From the album A Man And His Music by Claus Ogerman
2007 Best Jazz Vocal Album From This Moment On Verve Nominated
2010 Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) "Quiet Nights" Verve Winner Claus Ogerman, arranger (Diana Krall)


In 2000, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In 2003 she was given an honorary Ph.D. (Fine Arts) from the University of Victoria. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2005, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

She is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Adella Krall, mother of Diana Krall, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1996 and died May 2002 at the age of 61.


Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions Certifications[5][6]
CAN U.S. U.S. Jazz
1993 Stepping Out 12
1995 Only Trust Your Heart
  • Released: February 14, 1995
  • Label: GRP
1995 All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio
  • Released: October 3, 1995
  • Label: Impulse!
  • CAN: Gold
  • US: Gold
1997 Love Scenes
  • Released: August 26, 1997
  • Label: Impulse!
109 1
  • CAN: 2x Platinum
  • US: Platinum
1998 When I Look in Your Eyes 12 56 1
  • CAN: 3x Platinum
  • US: Platinum
2001 The Look of Love
  • Released: September 18, 2001
  • Label: Impulse!
1 9 1
  • CAN: 7x Platinum
  • US: Platinum
2004 The Girl in the Other Room 1 4 1
  • CAN: 2x Platinum
  • US: Gold
2006 From This Moment On 1 7 1
  • CAN: 2x Platinum
2009 Quiet Nights 2 3 1


Year Album Chart positions Certifications[7][8]
CAN U.S. U.S. Jazz


Year Album Chart positions
CAN U.S. U.S. Jazz
2007 The Very Best of Diana Krall 6 19 1


Year Album Chart positions
CAN U.S. U.S. Jazz
1990 Heartdrops
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: TCB


Year Album Chart positions
CAN U.S. U.S. Jazz
1998 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas


e Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Krall has won three awards from six nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1996 All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
1997 Love Scenes Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2000 When I Look in Your Eyes Album of the Year Nominated
Best Jazz Vocal Album Won
2002 "Better Than Anything" Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
2003 Live in Paris Best Jazz Vocal Album Won
2005 "I Should Care" Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Nominated
2007 From This Moment On Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2010 "Quiet Nights" Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Won

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