Diana Krall is a singer and pianist who has become very famous thanks to her contralto vocals. Krall has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and over 6 million in the United States alone, making her secure a spot among the bestselling singers of her time. With more than 10 albums to her name, the Jazz musician has taken home many awards including the Grammys and Juno Awards. Learn more about her with the facts we present below about her background, career and family life.
Diana Krall Biography
It was on November 16, 1964, that the singer was born as Diana Jean Krall in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Diana was raised with her sister Michelle who once worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). While her father, James “Jim” Krall was an accountant, her mother, Adella was a school teacher.
Diana Krall’s interest in music began since she was just a little girl thanks to the influence of her parents who were both music lovers. While her father would play the piano at home, her mother was a part of the community choir. By the time she was 4 years old, Krall had already started taking classical piano lessons but her exposure to jazz music was thanks to her grandparents. She began performing in bars and restaurants after she clocked 15.
A member of a jazz student group when she was in high school, Krall was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She was there from 1981 to 1983 after which she decided to go to Los Angeles to pursue her musical career. However, she would soon be back in Canada before going on to release her debut album, Stepping Out in 1993.
The success of her first album helped Diana Krall to gain the attention of Grammy-winning producer, Tommy LiPuma who went on to produce her next album, Only Trust Your Heart in 1995. The next year, she released All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio which did not only remain in the Billboard jazz charts for 70 weeks but also gained her a Grammy nomination.
From then on, there has been no stopping for Krall who as of 2018, has released 12 more albums. In the process, she has sold millions of her albums and has won many awards including five Grammy Awards from 8 nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, eight Juno Awards, three National Jazz Awards, and three Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. Also, she has been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame and was awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Who is Her Husband – Elvis Costello? Her Children and Family Facts
In 2003, Diana Krall got married to an English musician, singer, songwriter, and TV presenter, Elvis Costello. The two met in 2002 at the Grammys and before too long, they were an item. In May 2003, they announced their engagement before finally tying the knot in December of that year.
For Krall who was 39 at the time, it was her first time getting married but for the British rockstar, it was his third time saying “I do”. The first time Elvis, 48 at the time, got married was to Mary Burgoyne in 1974 but the union ended in 1984. He married Nigerian-born British musician Cait O’Riordan in 1986 and they remained together until 2002 when again, the marriage ended in another divorce.
Elvis’ marriage with Krall held in Surrey, outside London, at Elton John’s castle. It was witnessed by close friends of the couple and their family members. The marriage has been blessed with twin sons, Dexter Henry Lorcan, and Frank Harlan James.
Here are some quick facts about their family:
- Elvis Costello whose real name is Declan Patrick MacManus has been very supportive of his wife and the two have collaborated on a lot of things. With all they do together, Krall revealed that there is no power struggle in the marriage which has helped them as a couple.
- Just like their parents, Diana Krall has revealed that Dexter and Frank also have an interest in music. Though they don’t listen to all kinds of music, they play the piano and congas. Naturally, the couple gives all the needed support for their children.
- Both Krall and her husband have an impressive net worth considering all they have been involved in over the years. While her net worth has been estimated at $20 million, the net worth of Elvis Costello is estimated at a massive $70 million dollars.