Legendary Canadian Jazz artist Diana Krall dazzled international audiences when she first entered the Jazz scene in the 90s. In her illustrious 30-year career, there are venerable adjectives to describe her; sultry, sexy, sensual, sophisticated, and spine-tingling contralto voice. Krall delivered fiery recognition in her career through her voice and stunning command of the piano. It’s also worth noting that a Nanaimo plaza was named after her. She also happens to be married to legendary rock artist Elvis Costello.
Musical Origins In Nanaimo Canada
Krall began performing in Jazz clubs with the support of her family. She started her career as an instrumentalist. Diana began playing piano since she was four, showing dexterity at an early age. She also furthered her studies and took exams at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She then got a scholarship at the Berkley College of Music in Boston. Afterward, she went to Los Angeles to play Jazz. When she returned to Canada, she released her first album Stepping Out, in 1993.
Rise to Fame
Her subsequent albums earned her multi-platinum status and music hits, both in the Billboard Pop and Jazz charts. With the encouragement of her husband, she wrote and recorded an album called ‘The Girl in the Other Room’ in 2004. The album entered the Asian and European charts. Succeeding recordings and touring earned her three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards.
Diana Krall: Notable Recordings
Fans would have endless debates as to what’s her notable recordings. Some would say it’s her 1999 album ‘When I Look into Your Eyes’ or ‘The Look of Love.’ Some would argue that it was her earlier albums when she was playing Jazz exclusively. Krall has crossed over to the mainstream audience due to her massive appeal. Wallflower, a collection of covers (the songs that influenced her career), was produced by David Foster. It is one of her most intimate singing styles as she let her voice delivered the songs with a pure sentiment. She did not cover her frayed voice with studio magic. Instead, she followed her instincts and gave new freshness to songs like Bob Dylan’s Wall Flower, The Eagles’ I Can’t Tell You Why, and Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
The latter was also a duet with fellow Canadian Michael Buble. Bryan Adams also lent his talent in one of the songs in the album. Krall continued to record successful albums after that. She also toured with big names in the industry. She also used her production skills by producing Love is the Answer, an album by Barbra Streisand in which Krall also played the piano.
Diana Krall: Legacy In Jazz
One could not deny the allure of Diana Krall. It is her appeal with both the hardcore Jazz and Pop fans that continue to fan the flames of her popularity. With millions of albums, concerts, documentaries, and even a film appearance in a Johnny Depp movie, her credentials are remarkable. The Nanaimo Harbourfront Plaza was renamed Diana Krall Plaza. Jazz fanatics continue to use her albums as references, both in vinyl and digital form. Her live performance is said to rival those of her recordings. Krall hasn’t reached the peak of her career yet. With such creative energy and passion, it’s most likely she will have more albums and awards.
Diana Krall creates a kind of Jazz music that is warm and elegant. It is the kind of music that you want to play at parties or intimate dinner. Her velvet contralto only gets better with time. You don’t have to be a hardcore Jazz listener to appreciate the music of Diana Krall.