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Norah Jones success stunted her growth

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Monday, September 03, 2007

London (ANI): Five years after singer Norah Jones became a successful star on the back of her debut album Come Away With Me, the singer is now looking to getting back to the girl she was before earning fame. The daughter of sitar maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar thinks that her success has 'stunted her growth". "Given the kind of music I play, I simply didn't envisage success on that scale," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying. "It wasn't awful. It was fine, and I am better for going through that period. But my success probably stunted my growth," she added.

Norah recalled that she wanted to try her luck as a Jazz singer when she moved to New York, but the destiny had decided a different fate for her. "When I moved to New York, I felt like I was on the verge of doing something cool. I was going to try to get into the jazz scene, but I got sidetracked into the singer-songwriting scene. It was exciting. I'd somehow found something that I wasn't looking for," she said. "But then we did Come Away With Me and all that stuff stopped. Success took away my freedom, and now I'm returning to the place I was before I made that album," she added.

Singer Norah Jones donned a blond wig, a miniskirt and fishnet stockings when she fronted part-time country-punk band El Madmo under the pseudonym 'Maddie", recently. The daughter of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar said that she did so because she did not want the audience to recognise her. "There's something about putting on a blonde wig," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"It makes you feel like a different person. We formed El Madmo as a joke. I dressed up so that nobody knew it was me. We had some good songs, but it was all about being silly," she added. Norah is known for letting her hair down in style, for she did it four years ago when she launched her own bar-band called The Little Willies. She did it again in 2005 when she collaborated with wild-man-of-rock Dave Grohl on The Foo Fighters song Virginia Moon.

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