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Harry Connick, Jr.

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Harry Connick, Jr.’s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world for more than three decades. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, as well as his achievements in film and television, and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer. Connick continues to establish himself as a best-selling musician and singer, composer, actor, and legendary live performer, with millions of recordings sold around the world.

The foundation of Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of 5. Highlights of his music career include several multi-platinum recordings such as "When Harry Met Sally," "When My Heart Finds Christmas," "Come By Me," "Only You," and "Blue Light, Red Light." "True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter," was released in 2019 and followed by the Broadway show that he wrote, arranged, orchestrated, and directed. The show, "Harry Connick, Jr. - A Celebration of Cole Porter," honored the musical achievements of one of America’s most respected songwriters. In 2020 as the world entered the pandemic lockdown, Connick retreated to his home studio and emerged with an album of songs about faith and inspiration. "Alone With My Faith," released during the spring of 2021, displays the sheer breadth of Connick’s talents as he wrote new songs, arranged all the tracks, played every instrument, and sang every voice. "Alone With My Faith" earned Connick his 16th career Grammy nomination for best roots gospel album.

Connick has appeared in 20 feature films with actors such as Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Renée Zellweger, Sigourney Weaver, and Morgan Freeman. His work on television includes starring roles on "Will and Grace," "South Pacific," and "American Idol." Following his very successful stint as a mentor on "American Idol," Connick was invited to join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban at the judges’ table for seasons 13, 14, and 15 of the long-running show. When Australia’s Seven Network rebooted "Australian Idol" in 2022, Connick happily joined the judges’ panel for the relaunch.

In 2016, he launched Harry, a national daytime television show, which earned 11 Daytime Emmy nominations — including nominations for best host — and a Critics’ Choice nomination for best talk show. In December of 2021, he stepped into the shoes of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in "Annie Live!" which aired on NBC. Meanwhile for his appearances on Broadway, Connick has received Tony nominations as both a lead actor in The Pajama Game and as a composer and lyricist for Thou Shalt Not.

Throughout his busy career, Connick has always found the time to be charitable and has done some of his most important work in his efforts to help New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He, along with his friend Branford Marsalis, conceived of a “Musicians’ Village” and its centerpiece — the Ellis Marsalis Center. The Musicians’ Village provides homes for indigent musicians, and the Center uses music as its focal point of a holistic strategy to deliver a broad range of services to underserved children, youth, and musicians from neighborhoods battling poverty and social injustice. Connick’s honors, including a star on the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and honorary doctorates from Tulane and Loyola Universities and the Jefferson Award for Public Service, have not slowed Connick's creative pace; they only confirm his determination to apply his talents in ways that prove inspirational to other artists and public-spirited citizens.

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