Diana Krall on why life is about giv­ing back as much as you get.

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“Women need other women,” says jazz mu­si­cian Diana Krall while on a break dur­ing her Wallflower World Tour. (Her lat­est al­bum of the same name was re­leased ear­lier this year.) “[We] must find the strength and courage to tackle the prob­lems and chal­lenges that women are uniquely given to bear.” This year marks the Cana­dian singer’s 22nd year in the mu­sic in­dus­try, and she just came out with her 15th al­bum (which de­buted in the top 10 on the Bill­board 200). To cel­e­brate, Krall has part­nered with jew­eller De Beers to shine a light on the Women for Women or­ga­ni­za­tion (which helps women on the mar­gins learn ba­sic-yet-trans­fer­able skills that can trans­form their lives in a very real way). Here, the award­win­ning songstress talks about why she’s giv­ing back and, after 20 years of mak­ing mu­sic, what in­spires her to keep go­ing.

On who her big­gest in­spi­ra­tion is...

“It may seem ob­vi­ous to say this, but the way my mother re­tained her hu­mour and de­light in life even when she faced the great­est ad­ver­si­ties re­mains my in­spi­ra­tion.”

On what is cur­rently in­spir­ing her...

“Truly, the joys and the sor­rows of life. It sounds grandiose, but it’s true. The loss of my fa­ther has been very dif­fi­cult for me, but in the next in­stant I have the in­tense joy of see­ing my sons grow into such won­der­ful young boys.” On when she was hum­bled this year... “I learned about Women for Women and the De Beers cam­paign through my friend Mary McCart­ney. I was hum­bled while read­ing all of the women’s sto­ries. Com­pared to these sto­ries, it felt like a very small thing to lend my name and face to the cam­paign.” On why “women’s work” is the best work... “There is an un­de­ni­able order or author­ity in some so­ci­eties that needs to be bal­anced, even chal­lenged, by the coun­sel and ac­tion of women.” On where she cre­ates... “At the pi­ano each night, in the kitchen at sup­per­time, when I’m home with my fam­ily and, of course, when the sun goes down.” On how she keeps cre­at­ing... “By un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the sto­ries and lessons of the past, I know that I can move for­ward with con­fi­dence.”

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