Diana Krall: The Jazz Siren

Diana Jean Krall is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. Selling more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide, she is the highest selling female jazz artist of the 90’s and the 2000’s. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade. She is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. To date, she has won three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards.

Diana Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, on November 16, 1964. Her father played the piano and her mother sang in a community choir. By the time she was four, she was already playing the piano; and at the age of 15, she played jazz at a local restaurant. On scholarship, she attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston until she left to L.A. to pursue her music career. In 1993, she returned to Canada to release her debut album.

Diana’s mother died in 2002 due to multiple myeloma, only months before her mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney died. Diana’s only sibling, Michelle, is a former member of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).

Diana Krall married musician Elvis Costello on December 6, 2003 at Elton John’s estate outside London. Their twin sons Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James were born on December 6, 2006 in New York City.

Studio albums

  • 1993: Stepping Out
  • 1995: Only Trust Your Heart
  • 1996: All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio
  • 1997: Love Scenes
  • 1999: When I Look in Your Eyes
  • 2001: The Look of Love
  • 2004: The Girl in the Other Room
  • 2006: From This Moment On
  • 2009: Quiet Nights