In her own words

On Norah Jones' third album, fans will get more than her voice.

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, Associated Press
Published November 10, 2006

NEW YORK - Fans of Norah Jones will get a little more insight into the Grammy-winning singer when she releases her new album, Not Too Late, in January: For the first time, she has written or co-written all the songs.

"I think it reflects more sides of my personality than my first two records did. It has different sides to it, it has a lot more variety to it," the 27-year-old singer said in a recent phone interview with the Associated Press.

Jones' first record, a mix of jazzy, folky tunes, 2002's Come Away With Me, was a runaway success and sold more than 8-million records in the United States, fueled by the smoky tune Don't Know Why, which she didn't write.

Her sophomore album, Feels Like Home, featured more of Jones' songwriting talents. But Not Too Late, due out Jan. 30, is the first time she has had a hand in all the songs.

But she's been spending more time over the last few years working on songs.

"Songwriting was a newer thing for me in the past five, six years. I'm just excited that I have these songs. I'm really proud of them, I do feel they're a little different than the songs I wrote on my first two records," she said.

Jones said her new songs are a bit more intimate, with a bit of humor, but still retain the laid-back feel of her previous records.

She also has been experimenting with different styles of music; she's been spotted in a New York City club playing with a punk band, and Jones and her friends released an album comprised of mainly country covers of groups such as the Little Willies earlier this year.

Jones' music hasn't been the only thing she's been working on lately. She also has a starring role in the upcoming film My Blueberry Nights, with Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz.

"I'm not going to be making a bunch of movies," she said. "I don't consider myself a double threat or anything. It was a great opportunity . . . something fun to try."