Diana Krall Keeps Her Focus On Family

03/31/2009 at 04:00 PM ET
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Once able to dedicate her undivided attention to her music career, pianist and singer Diana Krall has had to adjust her schedule to accommodate her two latest loves in life: her 2-year-old twin boys Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James. Admitting that she no longer has the abundance of time to work on her music, the trade off, Diana tells USA WEEKEND, seems to be a stronger sense of focus. “Especially now that my children are a little older and really interactive, I think I’m doing better work,” she says.

While the 44-year-old may think her new album reflects the person she has become, she laughs that there are no two better critics of her work than her own little boys. Although Frank and Dexter enjoy listening to their mom and singer/songwriter dad Elvis Costello show off their skills on the piano — “it’s just normal for Mommy and Daddy to be practicing” — they are famous for letting their parents know when they have heard enough!

“They have strong opinions on what songs they like, that’s for sure. If they don’t like something, they tell you to stop. They’re a tough audience sometimes.”

Catching only a taste of their mom’s music, the twins will have to wait until they are a bit older to hear the album in it’s entirety. First, Diana says, they must master the classics. “They’ve gotta learn ‘Wheels on the Bus’ before show tunes and the Great American Songbook,” she jokes.

Diana’s new album Quiet Nights is in stores now.


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Lurene Cornelius on

I adore Diana’s voice and her music. I, myself, have five grown children, twelve grands and ten greats. I have been singing all my life (now 74) and about a year ago happened onto Diana Krall. I don’t know how I possibly missed out knowing her before now, but I digitally download music and backing tracks. Presently, I am working on a homemade CD I’m calling “Jazzy Me,” and have downloaded many of Diana’s songs for the CD. I am diligently searching for a backing track for “Abandoned Masquerade,” but have not been able to find one. Can you please tell me if there will be one? Thank you, as I continue to enjoy Diana’s videos and her amazing voice!