Harry Connick, Jr. is an American singer, conductor, pianist, actor, composer, and television music competition judge. Born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr., he was encouraged to develop his musical talents at a very early age, and by the age of nine performed with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. After earning a collegiate degree, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music to further refine his talent. His first album was the self-titled instrumental, “Harry Connick Junior”. His other instrumental albums were “Other Hours: Connick on Piano Volume 1”, “Occasion: Connick on Piano, Volume 2”, also featuring Branford Marsalis on saxophone, and “Chanson du Vieux Carré”. His bestselling album was “When My Heart Finds Christmas”, and the highest charting album was “Only You”, released in 2004. His Grammy winning albums were “We Are in Love” and “Songs I Heard”. He has acted in a number of movies including “Little Man Tate”, “Copycat”, “Independence Day”, “Hope Floats” and “Bug”. The movies for which he has scored the soundtrack include “When Harry Met Sally” and “A Wink and a Smile”. He has lent his support for various charities notably his work in support of relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.