Noora Noor aka Noora is a Somalian-Norwegian neo soul singer. She is often noted as Norway's Queen of Soul. Noor started early on her musical journey, performing locally from the age of 8. She got a recording contract with Warner Music at only 15. She then began working with Stargate to make her first album. The success of the album launched Stargate's international career as R&B/Soul producers. Her debut album, Curious, was released in 1999 and became one of the first notable Scandinavian R&B albums. The single "Need You" was also played constantly on "The Lick" on MTV. Curious became a success also in Japan with more than 40,000 sales. It took five years until the release of her second album, All I Am, in 2004, as Noor became seriously ill. The album included more self-penned songs, written in collaboration with US and UK songwriters. She is also featured on Madcon's 2007 album So Dark the Con of Manand some Tommy Tee releases. Noor has also played Maria Magdalen in a big outdoor version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Her most recent album, Soul Deep, was released in Norway in March 2009 to rave reviews. Recorded in San Jose, California, with local blues and soul musicians, it also features members of Little Charlie & The Nightcats. The producer was Kid Andersen, the Norwegian band's guitar virtuoso. The album was released outside Norway during 2010, with the first release, in Benelux, in April/May 2010.