Harry Connick Jr has had his presence deeply felt in the entertainment industry with his admirable versatility. Connick has made a name as a singer, composer, actor and a TV host. He has established himself as one of the bestselling male artists in the US with several amazing works in his name. Here are lesser known facts about him.
Harry Connick Jr – Bio
He was born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr on September 11, 1967, in New Orleans Louisiana to his parents; Anita Frances, his mother and Joseph Connick, his father. Harry lost his mother to ovarian cancer in 1981. He is of mixed ethnicity; his father is of English and German ancestry and his mother was Jewish.
Harry started at a very young age of three to exhibit an inclination towards music. At that age, he was already learning the keyboard and started playing in public at the age of 5. When he was 9, he performed with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and was also performing at events.
He is an alumnus of Jesuit High School. He also attended Isidore Newman School and Lakeview School. Harry also studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where his passion for music was further motivated by Ellis Marsalis and James Booker. He then proceeded to Hunter college and also enrolled at he Manhattan School of Music and continued to harness his talent.
Harry Connick Jr soon got signed to Columbia Records and released an instrumental album, Harry Connick Junior. Another one tilted 20 followed. While the first consisted of instrumentals, the following album featured Connick’s vocals. His next project was providing the soundtrack for the movie When Harry Met Sally (1989), directed by Rob Reiner.
Harry’s tracks for the romantic comedy included; It Had to Be You, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, and Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, tracks which exceeded expectations and won the singer his first Grammy Award. The Grammy award for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance among other recognition shot Connick to high prominence. The talented singer was not going to remain behind the scenes; Connick appeared on the screen for the first time in the movie Memphis Belle in 1990.
This was followed by the release of his third album Blue Light, Red Light which went platinum like his previous. In 1993 Connick released another multi-platinum album When My Heart Finds Christmas. The album was a huge commercial success and became one of the bestselling Christmas albums in the United States. The following year, he provided the soundtrack Whisper Your Name for the movie, The Mask.
Connick was very active in movies during this time. While he served the world with amazing works in music he was also felt in the world of movies. He played a serial killer in the movie Copycat in 1995. The singer and actor got his first leading role in the 1998 movie Hope Floats.
The 2000s came with even more engagements for the versatile personality. In 2003 he released Other Hours: Connick on Piano Volume 1 which was a remarkable hit. 2005 saw the release of Occasion: Connick on Piano, Volume 2 and it featured Branford Marsalis on saxophone. This was followed by the release of many other platinum albums as well as remarkable movie roles.
His Net Worth
Harry Connick has so much in his name with regards to his financial status. He sits on an estimated net worth of $45 million. As a singer and composer, Connick has made so much and has also garnered a whole lot from his movie stints.
Family Life – Wife, Children
He may seem so entangled with his work but Harry Connick Jr is a traditional family man who upholds the values of marriage and togetherness. He is married to former Victoria Secret model, Jill Goodacre. The couple got married at the St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans in April 1994. Together, they have three daughters; Georgia Tatum, born in 1996, Sarah Kate, born in 1997, and Charlotte, who was born in 2002.
The talented personality is a staunch Catholic and upholds the values of the Roman Catholic church. Connick’s wife Jill hails from Texas. The singer wrote the song Jill one of the tracks on his Blue Light, Red Light album in honour of his wife. The Connicks live in New Canaan, Connecticut and also in New Orleans, Louisana.