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Guess who went to the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp!

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Hey there, Summer Campers!

It wouldn’t be surprising to find out that everyone reading this Everything Summer Camp Blog post is also a big fan of Norah Jones. Who isn’t, right? Like many other singers, songwriters, actors and actresses, and lots of celebrities in general, Norah was a summer camper herself when she was closer to your age. Take a look at Norah Jones and the events that led up to her stardom.

Within just a few years (and maybe at the same time) of American singer-songwriter, Jewel’s attendance of the same summer camp, Norah went to the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp in northwest Michigan for a number of summers. This arts camp hosts concerts and events to show what their students can do. We all know Norah’s talent!

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Norah was raised by her father, Pandit Ravi Shankar, an Indian sitar player and her mother, Sue Jones, an American concert producer. When Norah was seven, her parents separated and she went with her mother to live in Grapevine, Texas.

There she went to school and became involved in a number of school activities like singing in the choir and playing the alto saxophone in Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts’ band. She also sang in church and took piano lessons when she was a kid.

When she was 16, Norah got her parents’ permission to have her name officially changed simply to Norah Jones (before then, she was Geetali Norah Jones Shankar) During high school, Norah won the “DownBeat” student music awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition (awards she would win again in the next year.

She went to college at the University of North Texas. There she majored in jazz piano and focused on singing as well. It was during her college years that she met her friend Jess Harris. After college, her and Harris started a band together which resulted in her success.

Look where summer camp took Norah Jones. Where will it take you? Thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John


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