Norah Jones Covers ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and It Brings Chills

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Norah Jones was born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar in 1979. Her parents are American concert producer Sue Jones and Indian composer and sitar musician Ravi Shankar. When they separated in 1986, Jones went to live with her mother in Grapevine, Texas. This was where she attended school before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Her music career launched in 2002 with the release of “Come Away with Me,” and she’s since sold millions of copies of her seven studio albums as singer, songwriter, and pianist, ranging in genres from jazz to blues, folk to country. Her style and essence as an artist have captivated her listeners beyond that of what many of today’s mainstream music has done. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, that talent came shining through in the video release below.

Covering Hank Williams Sr.’s song “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” Norah Jones draws a feeling from her listeners in her recent YouTube upload. That feeling is one of empathy, sadness, and perhaps a bit of hope. Not to mention the fact that the song itself, which was penned and recorded by Williams in 1949, has been considered “one of the most classic American songs ever written” by fellow artists, musicians, and listeners the world over.

Shared on the Norah Jones All A Dream YouTube channel, the video above was posted on May 9, 2020, and it’s been viewed more than 195K times. One commenter shared their sentiments by saying, “Your voice is like a warm blanket covering a shivering soul,” which ultimately is what the world needs right now. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the coronavirus, many artists around the globe have taken to their living rooms, front porches, and backyards to share their music and songs over the internet. Some are meant to inspire hope, some are designed to soothe, others still are simply there for passing the time, which is how country music like this originally got its start—in homes throughout rural America. Have a listen and see if this song doesn’t inspire something akin to serenity in you… and maybe even some good goosebumps.