Armed with the timeless Come Away With Me, newcomer Norah Jones may very well prove to be the Alicia Keys in the best new artist category at next year's Grammy Awards.

Armed with the timeless Come Away With Me, newcomer Norah Jones may very well prove to be the Alicia Keys in the best new artist category at next year's Grammy Awards. Born in New York, raised in Dallas, and now a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., vocalist/pianist Jones revels in a breaking down of musical borders. For proof, look to Come Away With Me, which finds elements of country, soul, jazz, blues, folk, and pop coalescing into one gorgeous whole. It's as if Jones is channeling—in her own style, of course—artists as diverse as Dusty Springfield, Laura Nyro, Willie Nelson, and Roberta Flack. (All of them have, at one point or another, worked with veteran producer Arif Mardin, who helmed this set.) Songs like "Nightingale" reveal a musician who is also adept at penning a fine tune. Covers of Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart" and John D. Loudermilk's "Turn Me On" reveal an artist who knows from where she came.—MP

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