Harry Connick Jr. is an American composer and a singer who specializes in traditional pop and jazz genre. He leads the list of artists with more number one albums in the US jazz history and has sold over 28 million albums so far. He is one among the 60 best-selling male artists in the US according to the RIAA and has won three Grammy Awards so far. Connick ventured into acting in 1990 through the film Memphis Belle and his first movie in a lead role was Hope Floats. Stay tuned to the space to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Harry Connick Jr. in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. was born on September 11, 1967, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the United States to Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Sr. and Anita Frances. His father was the district attorney of Orleans Parish, and his mother was a Louisiana Supreme Court judge who has two children Connick Jr. and his sister Suzanna.
Connick started to learn to play the keyboard when he was 3 and began to record for a local jazz band when he was 10. Connick attended the Jesuit High School and Isidore Newman School and later joined the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts before joining the Hunter College and Manhattan School of Music.
After dating for more than three years, Connick married Jill Goodacre in April 1994 who was Victoria’s Secret model. Jill Goodacre is also the daughter of popular sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The couple currently resides in Connecticut, New Orleans with their three daughters namely Georgia Tatum, Sarah Kate, and Charlotte. In 1991, Connick dedicated the song Jill for Goodacre which featured in his album Blue Light, Red Light.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Harry Connick signed a deal with the Columbia Records when he was at the Manhattan College of Music and released his debut studio album Harry Connick Jr. in 1987 followed by his second album 20 in 1988. He was then signed to compose the soundtrack for the film When Harry Met Sally… which earned him his first Grammy Award in 1989.
In 1990, he released the album We Are in Love for which he once again received a Grammy Award and the same year he began his acting career with the film Memphis Blue. His 1991 album Blue Light, Red Light earned him a Grammy nomination and his 1993 album When My Heart Finds Christmas became his best-selling album in the US.
He featured in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day and starred alongside Sandra Bullock in Hope Floats in 1998. In 2001, Connick again bagged a Grammy award for the album Songs I Heard. He started his television career in 1992 in the NBC sitcom Cheers and acted in 24 episodes of Will & Grace.
Harry has also featured as a guest judge and judge in the shows Australian Idol and American Idol, and he is currently hosting the talk show Harry from 2016. He has also won two Primetime Emmy Awards so far.
Net Worth & Earnings
Being one of the best-selling male artists in the United States, he has amassed quite a huge fortune through his musical and acting career. His best-selling album till date When My Heart Finds Christmas has earned him more than $3 million and he is reported to have earned around $17 million through his albums alone. He was paid an annual salary of $5 million in 2004 for judging American Idol and his net worth is $50 million.
Considered one of the best Jazz artists of all time, Harry Connick Jr. has given a lot of beautiful albums throughout his career with the last one being released in 2015. Let us hope that we will get to hear from him about his next album soon.