Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals.
She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide.
She is also the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums.
Diana Jean Krall
November 16, 1964 (age
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Jazz, traditional pop,
5' 8" (1.72 m)
Berklee College of Music in Boston
Elvis Costello (m. December 6th, 2003 )
Dexter Henry Lorcan MacManus
Frank Harlan James MacManus
Did You Know:
• Began performing professionally at age 15 as a jazz pianist.
• In Los Angeles she obtained a Canadian Arts Council grant to study with Jimmy Rowles.
• Named one of People Magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2001".
• Mother was an elementary school librarian.
• November 12th, 2003: she received honorary PhD of Fine Arts of the University of Victoria, B.C. (Canada).
• Daughter-in-law of Ross MacManus.
• Is related to Jamie Chisholm.
• She is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
• In 2005 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Diana Krall Quotes
But the greatest thing about music is putting it out there for people to figure out. You want the listener to find the song on their own. If you give too much away, it takes away from the imagination.
I love music so much I love what I do. I work very hard at being the best musician I can be because I love it.
I think that I was being much more uptight about those things before. I feel like I really don't have to prove anything at this point other than what I'm doing.
My dream as a child was to play with a bass player like Ray Brown, who played with the Oscar Peterson Trio. The feeling I had listening to his work was almost carnal, so to actually play for him was earth-shattering for me.
That's why these songs have lasted as long as they have because they're just about feelings that don't change. They are love songs, they are not specific, those kinds of feelings don't change.
You know, we recently played a benefit with my husband, Elvis Costello, and Sir Elton John, who is a mutual friend of ours. Playing with Elvis and Elton and accompanying them with my band was a pretty euphoric experience.
You're creating an intimacy that everybody feels, that it's their experience, not yours. I'll never introduce a song and say, now this song is about 'my' broken heart.
Diana Krall Awards
Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston
Grammy Award for "Jazz Vocal Album Of The Year"
Juno Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album
Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance
The Order of British Columbia (for being a good-will ambassador for British Columbia)
Grammy Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
Honorary PhD of Fine Arts of the University of Victoria, B.C. (Canada)
Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Album (Major Label) "Live in Paris"
Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Album (Major Label) "The Girl in the Other Room"
Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Producer
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist - "Quiet Nights"