26 JULY 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Nine-time GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones continues her acclaimed series of single releases today with, “Take It Away”, featuring Tarriona Tank Ball of Tank and The Bangas. The song was produced by Norah and Thomas Bartlett with Norah on vocals and piano, Tarriona on vocals, Bartlett on keyboards/synthesizers, and Karriem Riggins on drums.
Listen to “Take It Away” HERE
“I saw Tank and the Bangas play in New Orleans in 2016 and was blown away,” says Norah. “I got in touch with Tarriona shortly after and we became friends. This was a really fun opportunity to be creative together in the studio. She’s got one of my favorite minds.”
Following the 2016 release of Day Breaks—and the extensive promotional campaign and world tour that accompanied it—Jones quietly returned to the studio with the sole intent of following her muse down creative pathways without any expectations or boundaries. Reveling in the joy and spontaneity of music-making with a true spirit of openness, Jones has gotten together with various friends for brief, largely-improvised sessions to collaborate and experiment.
“I felt inspired to record and try different things,” Jones says, adding that the idea was to make it “quick and fun and easy and low-pressure. It’s a great way to collaborate with other people. Just a day or 3 in the studio and that’s it.”
“I try to go in with a few clips of voice memo ideas to have a jumping off point,” she explains. “With each session the little ideas were definitely with those particular musicians in mind, but the hope is to always create in the moment and with each session there were songs that came out of nothing. I was very open and had no real expectations as far as direction, but each session has exceeded my expectations. It’s been so fun, and I feel very inspired right now and love all the different directions this is going.”
The singles Jones began releasing last summer ranged from riveting electronic experiments to starkly acoustic folk ballads to organ-and-horn drenched soul songs. Seven of those songs were recently released as Being Again, a collection of eclectic singles recorded with collaborators including Bartlett, Jeff Tweedy, and Brian Blade of which Consequence of Sound wrote: “There is something thrillingly free about the songs on Begin Again… A minor gem showcasing her porous musical boundaries and cross-genre virtuosity… Jones brings a particular grace to songwriting that allows her to adapt almost seamlessly to new forms. Begin Again revels in exploration, proving no territory is inaccessible to Jones.”
Norah will conclude her SOLD OUT summer North American summer tour next week with three shows in Anchorage, Alaska, and has announced a South American tour for December with additional dates to be added shortly. On September 14, she will join Neil Young and Father John Misty to headline the Harvest Moon Gathering benefitting The Painted Turtle and The Bridge School. To see a full list of tour dates and ticket info please visit norahjones.com/tour.
Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage 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 signaling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing pop music of the time. Since then, Norah has sold 50 million albums worldwide and become a nine-time GRAMMY-winner. She has released a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums—Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), The Fall (2009), Little Broken Hearts (2012), and Day Breaks (2016)—as well as albums with her collective bands The Little Willies and Puss N Boots. The 2010 compilation …Featuring Norah Jones showcased her incredible versatility by collecting her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, and Foo Fighters. Little Broken Hearts, produced by Danger Mouse, was a fascinating step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world’s most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters. With Day Breaks, Norah returned to her jazz roots while also proving her to be this era’s quintessential American artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. Most recently, Jones has released a series of eclectic singles including collaborations with artists and friends such as Jeff Tweedy, Thomas Bartlett, Brian Blade, and Tarriona Tank Ball.
Canadian Tour Date:
July 28 – The Orpheum – Vancouver, BC
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