Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. His highest-charting album is his release Only You , which reached No. He has won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He played a serial killer in Copycat , before being cast as a fighter pilot in the blockbuster Independence Day Connick's first role as a leading man was in Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock.
His first thriller film since Copycat came in the film Basic with John Travolta. Additionally, he played a violent ex-husband in Bug , before two romantic comedies, P. In , he appeared in the family film Dolphin Tale as Dr. Clay Haskett and in its sequel. Harry Connick Jr. Connick's father is a Catholic of Irish, English, and German ancestry. Connick's musical talents came to the fore when he started learning keyboards at age three, playing publicly at age five, and recording with a local jazz band at ten. This was recorded for a Japanese documentary called Jazz Around the World.
There he met Columbia Records executive, Dr. George Butler, who persuaded him to sign with Columbia. His first record, Harry Connick Jr. He soon acquired a reputation in jazz because of extended stays at high-profile New York venues. His next album, 20 , featured his vocals and added to this reputation. With Connick's reputation growing, director Rob Reiner asked him to provide a soundtrack for his romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally In that year he began a two-year world tour.
In addition, he released two albums in July the instrumental jazz trio album Lofty's Roach Souffle and a big-band album of mostly original songs titled We Are in Love , which also went double platinum. In October , he released his third consecutive multi-platinum album, Blue Light, Red Light , on which he wrote and arranged the songs. Also in October , he starred in Little Man Tate , directed by Jodie Foster , playing the friend of a child prodigy who goes to college.
In November , Connick released 25 , a solo piano collection of standards that again went platinum. He also re-released the album Eleven. His multi-platinum album of holiday songs, When My Heart Finds Christmas , was the best-selling Christmas album in In , Connick decided to branch out. He released She , an album of New Orleans funk that also went platinum.
Connick took his funk music on a tour of the United Kingdom in , an effort that did not please some of his fans, who were expecting a jazz crooner. The performance was televised live in China for what became known as the Shanghai Gumbo special. In his third film Copycat , Connick played a serial killer who terrorizes a psychiatrist played by Sigourney Weaver.
The following year, he released his second funk album, Star Turtle , which did not sell as well as previous albums, although it did reach No. For his release To See You , Connick recorded original love songs, touring the United States and Europe with a full symphony orchestra backing him and his piano in each city. He released Come By Me , his first album of big band music in eight years in , and embarked on a world tour visiting the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.
His music and lyrics earned a Tony Award nomination. He was also the narrator of the film My Dog Skip , released in that year. He also starred in his twelfth movie, Mickey , featuring a screenplay by John Grisham that same year.
In October , he again released two albums: Songs I Heard , featuring big band re-workings of children's show themes, and 30 , featuring Connick on piano with guest appearances by several other musical artists. Songs I Heard won Connick another Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album and he toured performing songs from the album, holding matinees at which each parent had to be accompanied by a child.
In , he received a U. Patent 6,, for a "system and method for coordinating music display among players in an orchestra. It was released on Branford Marsalis ' new label Marsalis Music and led to a short tour of nightclubs and small theaters. Connick appeared in the film Basic. In October , he released his second Christmas album, Harry for the Holidays , which went gold and reached No.
Only You , his seventeenth album for Columbia Records, was released in February A collection of s and s ballads, Only You , went top ten on both sides of the Atlantic and was certified gold in the United States in March Harry for the Holidays was certified platinum in November An animated holiday special, The Happy Elf , aired on NBC in December , with Connick as the composer, the narrator, and one of the executive producers.
Shortly after, it was released on DVD. The holiday special was based on his original song The Happy Elf , from his album Harry for the Holidays. Bug , a film directed by William Friedkin , is a psychological thriller filmed in , starring Connick, Ashley Judd , and Michael Shannon.
The film was released in It ran from February 23 to June 17, , including five benefit performances running from June 13 to He appeared in the film P. I Love You , released in December Connick did the arrangements for, wrote a couple of songs, and sang a duet on Kelli O'Hara 's album that was released in May He had the starring role of Dr. Dennis Slamon in the Lifetime television film Living Proof His third Christmas album, What a Night! Harry has a vast knowledge of musical genres and vocalists, even Gospel music.
In contrast to Connick's previous albums, this album is a collaboration with a record company producer , the multiple Grammy Award winning music executive Clive Davis. James Theatre in November in previews. Connick appeared on the May 4, episode of American Idol season 9 , where he acted as a mentor for the top 5 finalists.
Connick debuted the title track live on May 2, episode of American Idol and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the following week to discuss his new project. A US summer tour was announced in support of the album.
Connick returned to American Idol to mentor the top four of season He performed "Every Man Should Know" on the results show the following night. On September 3, , the officials of American Idol officially announced that Connick would be a part of the judging panel for season 13 alongside former judge Jennifer Lopez and returning judge Keith Urban. Angels Sing , a family Christmas movie released in November by Lionsgate , afforded Connick an onscreen collaboration with fellow musician Willie Nelson.
The two wrote a special song exclusively for the movie. A one-hour weekday daytime talk show starring Connick and named Harry debuted on September 12, In January , it was announced that Connick was hired by piano instruction software company Playground Sessions as a video instructor. The production was conceived and directed by Connick himself with the addition of theatrical and film elements accompanied by a company of dancers and an onstage orchestra.
The following musicians have toured as the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band since its inception in : . Connick, a New Orleans native, is a founder of the Krewe of Orpheus , a music-based New Orleans krewe , taking its name from Orpheus of classical mythology.
The Krewe of Orpheus parades on St. He spent several days touring the city to draw attention to the plight of citizens stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other places. Connick and Branford Marsalis devised an initiative to help restore New Orleans ' musical heritage. The Habitat-built homes provide musicians, and anyone else who qualifies, the opportunity to buy decent, affordable housing.
In , Connick and Marsalis received the S. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans. Connick is a practicing Roman Catholic. Ellen's mother Betty was on the sidelines watching the festivities when she spotted Connick in the stands sporting a Drew Brees jersey. The court agreed to drop all charges if Connick stayed out of trouble for six months. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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