Exclusive Audio: Norah Jones

February 23, 2007 10:26 AM ET

Angel-voiced enchantress Norah Jones recently Q&Aed with our Austin Scaggs and discussed her support of Barack Obama, being Blue Note's highest-selling artist and how sudden success overwhelmed her. We were so captivated by her voice, we figured we'd share some audio excerpts for your listening pleasure:

On her favorite Nirvana song and performing with Dave Grohl.

On why her lyrics are decidedly anti-Bush.

On her "unpunk" punk band side-project.

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