Jones made her film debut in My Blueberry Nights, which was released in 2007.Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, and is the half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar.We knew that if she could develop her songwriting and we could find great songs, it would work." Bacchus thought producer and engineer Jay Newland's experience in jazz, blues, rock, country, and folk music would give a "feeling for her sound." Jones and Newland recorded nine demo tracks. For "Here We Go Again", a duet with Ray Charles, she won Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
As a child, Jones began singing in church and also took piano and voice lessons. She considers herself spiritual and appreciates the rituals of her church but does not consider herself deeply religious.
She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts during the summers.
Jones always had an affinity for the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday, among other "oldies".
She once said, "My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set; I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again".
During this time, she had a chance meeting with future collaborator Jesse Harris.