There are some unspoken rules in the jazz world that say acoustic-oriented jazz musicians are not supposed to have platinum and gold albums, or sell out large auditoriums night after night. Rules that say straight-ahead jazz releases are not supposed to reach the top of Billboard's pop charts. Rules that say jazz artists shouldn't expect to receive standing ovations at Lilith Fair or compete with Santana, TLC, the Backstreet Boys and the Dixie Chicks in a GRAMMY category.
For the past ten years, Diana Krall has been breaking these rules and demonstrating that a jazz musician can enjoy mass appeal without sacrificing her jazz foundation. Not only has the Canadian singer and acoustic pianist become a top-selling artist on the Verve roster, she has become jazz's top selling vocalist as well. She is a crossover phenomenon who has remained faithful to her bop and swing roots.
Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Krall began studying the piano when she was only four. She was raised on jazz, and by the time she was 15, was performing standards in a local restaurant/bar. Krall was still a teenager when she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. After two years in Boston, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met some jazz heavyweights, including John Clayton, Jimmy Rowles and the late bassist Ray Brown (who gave her a great deal of encouragement and ended up playing on some of her 1990s albums). Krall had been in LA for three years when she moved to Toronto, and it was a Canadian label that gave the musician her first chance to record. In 1993, the Montreal-based Justin Time Records released Krall's debut album, Stepping Out.
In 1998 and 1999, the success that When I Look in Your Eyes enjoyed was astounding. In addition to spending 52 weeks in the #1 position on Billboard's jazz chart, the album won GRAMMYs in two categories: Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Plus, When I Look in Your Eyes received a GRAMMY nomination in the Album of the Year category. When I Look in Your Eyes went platinum in the United States (where it sold over one million units), double platinum in Canada, platinum in Portugal and gold in France. In 2000, it won a Canadian JUNO Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album.
When The Look of Love was released in September 2001, it entered the Billboard 200 at #9 and sold 95,000 copies in the U.S. alone in its first week. The album went quadruple platinum in Canada; platinum in Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Portugal; and gold in France, Singapore and England. It earned Krall three JUNO Awards for Best Artist, Best Album and Best Vocal Jazz Album.
In 2000, Krall received the Order of British Columbia for being a good-will ambassador for the province and epitomizing Canadian culture. One of the world's greatest jazz talents, Krall frequently acknowledges her roots in Nanaimo.
In 2004, she joined Ray Charles on his Genius Loves Company album on the song, "You Don't Know Me".
In late May 2007, Krall was featured in a Lexus ad campaign. She also sang, "Dream a Little Dream of Me" with piano accompaniment by pianist Hank Jones.
On March 31st, 2009, Diana Krall released her tenth studio album, Quiet Nights.
Krall also produced Barbra Streisand's album Love Is the Answer, released on September 29th, 2009.