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Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC (born November 16, 1964) is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals.[1] She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade, establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time.

Diana Krall
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Krall at a CD signing in Toronto in September 2007
Background information
Birth name Diana Jean Krall
Born (1964-11-16) November 16, 1964 (age 53)
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Jazz, traditional pop, bossa nova
Occupation(s) Singer, pianist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1993–present
Labels Justin Time (1993)
GRP (1995)
Impulse (1995–2001)
Verve (2002–present)
Associated acts Eliane Elias, Shirley Horn, Elvis Costello

Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums.[2] To date, she has won three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. She has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums.


Personal lifeEdit

Krall was born on November 16, 1964, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Adella A. (née Wende), an elementary school teacher, and Stephen James "Jim" Krall, an accountant.[3][4][5] Her father played piano at home and her mother sang in a community choir. She began studying piano herself at the age of four,[6] and took exams through The Royal Conservatory of Music.[7] In high school she was a member of a student jazz group; at 15, she began playing professionally in local restaurants.[8] Krall won a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied from 1981 to 1983,[9] before going to Los Angeles to play jazz. She returned to Canada to release her first album in 1993.[10]

Krall's mother died of multiple myeloma in 2002, within months of the pianist's mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney. Krall's only sibling, Michelle, is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Krall and British musician Elvis Costello were married on December 6, 2003, at Elton John's estate outside London.[11] Their twin sons, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006, in New York City.[12]


In 1993, Krall released her first album, Stepping Out, which she recorded with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. It caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who produced her second album, Only Trust Your Heart (1995).

Her third album, All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (1996), was nominated for a Grammy and continued for 70 weeks in the Billboard jazz charts. Love Scenes (1997) quickly became a hit record with the trio of Krall, Russell Malone (guitar) and Christian McBride (bass).

In August 2000, Krall was paired on a 20-city tour with Tony Bennett. They were paired again for a song on the TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...

Orchestral arrangements by Johnny Mandel provided the background on When I Look In Your Eyes (1999). The band mix was kept, following arrangements on The Look of Love (2001) created by Claus Ogerman; this record achieved platinum status and reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The title track from the album, a cover of the Casino Royale standard popularized in the late 1960s by Dusty Springfield and Sérgio Mendes, reached number 22 on the adult contemporary chart.

In September 2001, Krall began a world tour. Her concert at the Paris Olympia was recorded and released as her first live record, Diana Krall – Live in Paris. The album included covers of Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are" (a hit on U.S. smooth jazz radio) and Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You".

The 2001 movie The Score (US and Germany) starring Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando, features a recording of Krall entitled: "I'll Make It Up As I Go". This song accompanies the film's ending Credits (Chapter 12) and was composed by a fellow Canadian, David Foster.[13]

After marrying Costello, she worked with him as a lyricist and started to compose her own songs, resulting in the album The Girl in the Other Room. The album, released in April 2004, quickly rose to the top five in the United Kingdom and made the Australian top 40 album charts.

She joined Ray Charles on his Genius Loves Company album in 2004 on the song, "You Don't Know Me".

Live at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia

In late May 2007, Krall was featured in a Lexus ad campaign.[14] She also sang "Dream a Little Dream of Me" with piano accompaniment by pianist Hank Jones.

Quiet Nights was released on March 31, 2009.

Krall also produced Barbra Streisand's album Love Is the Answer, released on September 29, 2009.[15] 2011 saw Krall retreat to Sri Lanka; however, no publicity was given and the visit remained entirely private. In September 2012, she accompanied Paul McCartney at Capitol Studios in a live performance of his album Kisses on the Bottom, which was shown live on the internet. On September 13, 2012, Krall performed "Fly Me to the Moon" at astronaut Neil Armstrong's memorial service in Washington, D.C.

Glad Rag Doll was released on October 2, 2012. Wallflower is the 12th studio album by Krall, released on February 3, 2015 by Verve Records.[16] The album was produced by David Foster.[17] Among the composers Krall and Foster tackled are the Eagles (two songs), Elton John and Bernie Taupin ("Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"), 10cc ("I'm Not in Love"), Neil Finn ("Don't Dream It's Over"), and Gilbert O'Sullivan ("Alone Again (Naturally)"). The title track is from Bob Dylan's "Bootleg Series," and she rang up Paul McCartney to see if he would mind her covering a previously unreleased original he'd written for his own jazz-flavored Kisses on the Bottom.[18]

On May 5, 2017, she released her thirteenth album, Turn Up the Quiet through Verve Records. The album was produced by Krall and Tommy LiPuma.[19]

On September 14, 2018, the joint album between Krall and Tony Bennett, Love Is Here to Stay, was released.[20] The album features a re-recorded version of the song "Fascinating Rhythm", originally recorded by Bennett in 1949, which earned him a Guinness World Record for the "longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist", between 68 years and 342 days.[21]


In 2000, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia.[22] In 2003 she was given an honorary Ph.D. (Fine Arts) from the University of Victoria.[23] In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.[24] In 2005, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[25]

In 2008, Nanaimo Harbourfront Plaza was renamed Diana Krall Plaza.[26]

She is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.[27]

Krall has been selected as a Steinway & Sons Artist and performs exclusively with Steinway pianos in recording sessions, concerts, and public appearances.



List of television and films credits
Year Title Role Notes
1999 At First Sight Singer Sings "Mack The Knife"
1997—1998 Melrose Place Herself "A Shot in the Dark" (Season 6, Episode 8, uncredited)
"Ball N' Jane" (Season 7, Episode 4)
2001 Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton Herself[28] Documentary
2003 Anything Else Herself Sings "It Could Happen to You"
2003 De-Lovely Musical Performer sings "Just One of Those Things"
2005 Mississippi Rising Herself TV documentary
2008—2009 Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... Herself "Tony Bennett" (Season 1, Episode 5)
"Diana Krall Interviewed by Elton John" (Season 1, Episode 12)
2009 Public Enemies Torch Singer Sings "Bye Bye Blackbird"


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Music review: Diana Krall". Barnes & Noble. 2001-09-18. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  2. ^ "Best of the 2000s – Artists of the Decade" positions 51–60, Billboard.
  3. ^ Kyle Smith, "Look of Love", People (Archive), March 31, 2003, Vol. 59, No. 12.
  4. ^ "Krall, Diana", in Elizabeth Lumley (ed.), The Canadian Who's Who, Volume 43, University of Toronto Press, 2008, p. 710.
  5. ^ "Diana Krall Facts, information, pictures | articles about Diana Krall". Retrieved 2015-05-19.
  6. ^ "Diana Krall Biography". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  7. ^ "Diana Krall Interviewed by Elton John". Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2009-02-18. Channel 4 (UK), CTV (Canada).
  8. ^ "Diana Krall - Biography". HELLO! Canada. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. ^ "Diana Krall Biography". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. ^ "In Step With: Diana Krall". Parade Magazine. April 25, 2004.
  11. ^ Susman, Gary (10 December 2003). "Get Happy Elvis Costello marries Diana Krall. The singers wed in at Elton John's castle in England on Saturday". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Costello and Krall have twin boys". BBC News Online. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  13. ^ DVD (ending Credits), Universum Film GmbH & Co. KG., Constantin Films and BMG Video, Germany, 2005
  14. ^ Lexus commercial on YouTube
  15. ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 17, 2009). "Streisand Leads A Record Eight Debuts In Top 10". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 121 (41): 36. ISSN 0006-2510.
  16. ^ "Diana Krall's 'Wallflower': REVIEW". NY Daily News.
  17. ^ "First Listen: Diana Krall, 'Wallflower'". 25 January 2015.
  18. ^ Masley, Ed (17 August 2015). "Interview: Diana Krall on the making of 'Wallflower'". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  19. ^ Gardner, Elysa. "Diana Krall on Handling Grief, and 'Finding Romance in Everything'". New York Times. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  20. ^ Hart, Ron. "Tony Bennett & Diana Krall on Gershwin Duets Album 'Love Is Here to Stay' & Their Mutual Admiration". Billboard. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  21. ^ Bruner, Raisa. "Tony Bennett Just Locked Down a Very Obscure Guinness Record". Time. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  22. ^ orderbceditor (2009-01-15). "2000 Recipient: Diana Krall | Order of BC". Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  23. ^ "University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Media releases". 2003-11-03. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  24. ^ "Canada's Walk of Fame celebrating Inductee Diana Krall". 1964-11-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  25. ^ "Order of Canada". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  26. ^ "Nanaimo Harbourfront Plaza Renamed". Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  27. ^ "Honorary Board". Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  28. ^ Cast list for Jazz Seen at IMDb

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jann Arden
Juno Award for Artist of the Year
Succeeded by
Shania Twain