Artist: Diana Krall

Cry Me A River – Diana Krall

Diana Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer. She is known for her contralto vocals.

Born in British Columbia, Diana was surrounded by music from a very early age. By the age four Diana had started classical piano studies, and in her teens she joined her high school jazz band. Diana draws from personal experiences as a youth remembering listening to music at home with family and singing playing piano along with her grandmother. She says, “To say I grew up in a musical home would be an understatement.”

She landed her first paying gig at fifteen playing piano three nights a week at a hometown restaurant. Diana recalls auditioning for her first gig at a local restaurant called the NHL, “I think it is very fitting for a Canadian Jazz artist’s first gig to be in a very nice hockey bar.”

In 1981, Diana won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston and, after a year and a half of serious study, she returned to British Columbia. Renowned bassist Ray Brown heard her playing one night in Nanaimo and was so impressed by what he heard that he took her under his wing. Ray convinced Diana move to Los Angeles where she obtained a Canadian Arts Council grant to study with Jimmy Rowles. Jimmy encouraged Diana to explore her vocals to supplement her already blossoming piano skills.

Krall and British musician (of Irish heritage) Elvis Costello were married on December 6, 2003 at Elton John’s estate outside London. Their twin sons Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006 in New York City.

In 2000, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In 2003 she was given an honorary Ph.D. (Fine Arts) from the University of Victoria. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2005, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Cry Me A River


Now you say you’re lonely
You cry the long night through
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

Now you say you’re sorry
For being so untrue
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

You drove me, nearly drove me, out of my head
While you never shed a tear
Remember, I remember, all that you said
You told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me and

Now you say you love me
Well, just to prove that you do
Come on and cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you
I cried a river over you
I cried a river…over you…

  • Audio from the 2001 album, The Look of Love: