Born into a musical and record-collecting family, Diana Krall had an early introduction to the wonders of music. She started playing the piano at age 4 and by the age of 15, was gigging around her hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Now in her 40s, Krall is a jazz vocal mega-star with multiple GRAMMY and Juno Awards and over 15 million album sales to her name. She has nine gold, three platinum and a seven multi-platinum albums.
Primarily a pianist in her younger years, it was jazz pianist Jimmy Rowles who encouraged Krall to focus on singing in addition to playing, a move that would lay the foundation for her to become one of the most well-rounded and celebrated artists of her time.
Combining solid piano technique and style with sultry, rhythmic and breathy vocals, Krall caught the attention of critics and audiences alike, and in 1993 she released her debut album, Stepping Out,on the independent Canadian label Justin Time. Her forward momentum continued with a well-received second release, Only Trust Your Heart. Her third album, 1996’s All For You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio, proved to be her breakout, receiving a GRAMMY nod and spending 70 weeks in the Billboard charts.
Since those early years, Krall has become a household name in the jazz world and beyond. She has received countless awards and honors and has become a beloved and best-selling artist around the globe.
Her latest release, 2009’s Quiet Nights, is a tip of the hat to the rich musical traditions and styles of Brazil with Krall re-working a handful of standards to fit the bossa nova style and singing a few classics like “The Boy From Ipanema,” “Quiet Nights” and “Este Seu Olhar.” It’s a soft and intimate album, full of whispered feelings and unspoken desires. As Krall has said of the album, “It’s not coy. It’s not ‘peel me a grape,’ little girl stuff. I feel this album’s very womanly – like you’re lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in their ear.”
Diana Krall performs Friday, June 17 at the Mountain Winery.