Diana Krall

Diana Krall

This is Biography Diana Jean Krall was born on November 16, 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Adella, a primary school teacher, and Stephen James, a piano enthusiast. Diana Krall began playing the piano at the age of four, and at fifteen found herself performing jazz in a local restaurant.

After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he moved to Los Angeles, again to pursue jazz. He returned to Canada only in 1993, specifically to record his first album, entitled “Stepping Out”, recorded with Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton.

The album caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who then – a couple of years later – decided to produce Diana’s second album, called “Only Trust Your Heart”. The third album arrived in 1996 and was called “All for You. A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio”, and was such a success that it was nominated for a Grammy and spent seventy weeks on the Billboard jazz charts.

In 1997, “Love Scenes” was released, which was also very well received thanks to the presence of Christian McBride on bass and Russell Malone on guitar. In 1999, Diana Krall relied on Johnny Mandel’s orchestral arrangements for “When I Look In Your Eyes”, and in 2000 she toured twenty cities with Tony Bennett.

The following year he released ‘The Look of Love’ with Claus Ogerman, which went platinum and reached the top ten of the Billboard 200. The title track was a cover of a song made popular by Sergio Mendes and Dusty Springfield in the late 1960s.

In September 2001, Krall embarked on a world tour: the concert she performed at the Olympia in Paris was recorded and turned into the Canadian artist’s first live work, entitled “Diana Krall – Live in Paris”, which also included a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You” and a cover of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are”.

In the same year, the film ‘The Score’, starring Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Edward Norton, included in its soundtrack ‘I’ll Make It Up As I Go’, a song by Krall that accompanied the credits, written by David Foster.

In 2002, the Canadian singer had to deal with a terrible loss (the death of her mother) and in 2003 she married British musician Elvis Costello at an Elton John estate outside London. After her marriage, Diana worked with her husband as a songwriter, before turning her attention to her new album ‘The Girl in the Other Room’, which was released in April 2004 and soon reached the top five in the UK.

After singing a duet with Ray Charles on the song “You Don’t Know Me” on the album “Genius Loves Company”, Krall became an Officer of the Order of Canada on 29 June 2005, thanks to her “superb jazz interpretations” that have won her “legions of admirers around the world”.

After the hard work of Christmas Songs and From This Moment On, Diana Krall became a 42-year-old mother of twins Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James in December 2006, born in New York.

The following year she released “The Very Best of Diana Krall”, took part in a Lexus advertising campaign and was honoured to have a square in her hometown of Nanaimo named Diana Krall Plaza. In 2009, she released the album “Quiet Nights” (which won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist), while also producing Barbra Streisand’s album “Love Is the Answer”.

In 2011, Krall retired to Sri Lanka for a while, but the event was not publicised and her stay remained private. In September 2012, the American musician accompanied Paul McCartney in a live performance of his album “Kisses on the Bottom”, which was streamed live on the Internet. Shortly afterwards, she performed ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ at a memorial for astronaut Neil Armstrong in Washington.

In October of the same year, Diana Krall released the album “Glagg Rag Doll”, followed in 2015 by “Wallflower”, her twelfth studio album recorded for the Verve Records label and produced by David Foster. Songwriters include the Eagles, Bernie Taupin and Elton John for “Sorry Seem to Be the Hardest Word”, Gilbert O’Sullivan for “Alone Again (Naturally)” and Neil Finn for “Don’t Dream It’s Over”.


1993 – Stepping Out

1994 – Only Trust Your Heart

1996 – All for You

1997 – Love Scenes

1998 – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

1999 – When I Look in Your Eyes

2001 – The Look of Love

2002 – Live in Paris

2004 – The Girl in the Other Room

2005 – Christmas Songs

2006 – From This Moment On

2007 – The Very Best of Diana Krall

2008 – Quiet Nights

2012 – Glad Rag Doll

2015 – Wallflower

2017 – Turn Up the Quiet

2018 – Love Is Here To Stay

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