Jesse Harris (born 1969) is a Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter. He has collaborated with several musical artists including [1 ] Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Madeleine Peyroux, Nikki Yanofsky, and Lizz Wright. [2 ] Early life and education [edit ]
Harris was born in
New York City, along with his twin sister. [1 ] He graduated from [3 ] Cornell University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, in English. [4 ] [5 ] Career [edit ]
Harris gave guitar lessons and performed in "various musical groups" before he formed the duo Once Blue with singer/songwriter
Rebecca Martin. [1 ] Once Blue released its self-titled debut on EMI Records in 1995 and nine additional songs were included in the album's re-release in 2003. [1 ]
Harris became a songwriter for Sony Publishing for a time and then created three self-released recordings with his new band, the
Ferdinandos consisting of Harris, Tony Scherr, Tim Luntzel, and Kenny Wollesen. The band released two more albums on [6 ] Verve Records and Harris later recorded three solo albums Mineral, Feel, and Watching the Sky on his own label, Secret Sun Recordings. [1 ] In 2003 he was awarded a [2 ] Grammy Award for Song of the Year for " Don't Know Why," performed by Norah Jones.
In 2007, Harris contributed new and existing songs to the soundtrack of the film
. The Hottest State [7 ] Harris also acted in the film and sang some of his songs, with [8 ] Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Feist, Cat Power, M. Ward and others singing the rest of Harris' compositions. [7 ]
Harris has toured throughout North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Japan and has been an opening act for
Norah Jones, American Music Club, Bright Eyes, Joshua Radin and Ani DiFranco. Harris was a judge for the 10th annual [9 ] Independent Music Awards to support independent artists. [10 ]
In August 2010 Harris released his album
Through the Night and recorded a new version of his song "The Secret Sun" for a Corona (beer) commercial. [11 ] [12 ]
Harris' 11th album,
Sub Rosa, was released in July 2012 and features guest vocals from [13 ] Conor Oberst, Melody Gardot, and Norah Jones. [14 ]
Harris' 12th album, the stripped down
Borne Away, was released on June 25, 2013.
His music has been described as a "blend [of] folk, rock, jazz, and world rhythms."
[15 ] Discography [edit ] Albums [edit ] Once Blue (1995) Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos (1999) Crooked Lines (2001) Without You (2002) The Secret Sun (2003) While the Music Lasts (2004) Mineral (2005) Feel (2007) Watching the Sky (2009) Through the Night (2010) Cosmo - Instrumental album (2010) Sub Rosa (2012) Borne Away (2013) Appearances [edit ] Norah Jones – ( Come Away with Me Blue Note, 2002) Norah Jones – ( Feels Like Home Blue Note, 2004); Harris plays acoustic guitar on two tracks Norah Jones – ( Not Too Late Blue Note, 2007) Norah Jones – ( The Fall Blue Note, 2009); Harris co-wrote two tracks and plays acoustic guitar on one track Bright Eyes – ( I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning Saddle Creek, 2005) Bright Eyes – ( Motion Sickness Team Love; 2005), Harris on last track only Madeleine Peyroux – ( Half the Perfect World Rounder, 2006); Harris is credited as co-writer of three songs Solomon Burke – Like a Fire (Shout! Factory, 2008), Harris wrote two tracks Nikki Yanofsky – Nikki (Decca, 2010); Harris also produced half of the album References [edit ] ^ a b c d e Jesse Harris biography. - MusicianGuide.com. ^ a b , JesseHarrisMusic.com Discography , retrieved 2013-03-29 ^ "Marie Masters". TV.com . Retrieved . 2013-03-29 ^ Weiss, Rebecca (November 7, 2007). "The Cornell Connection: Jesse Harris '92 Grammy-Winner succeeds in life despite (or because of?) low GPA". The Cornell Daily Sun . Retrieved . 2009-01-04 ^ "Notable Cornell University Alumni: Music". Cornell University . Retrieved . 2013-03-29 ^ Johnson, Zac. "Jesse Harris - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2013-03-29 ^ a b Soundtrack, Original. ". NPR 'The Hottest State' Gets an All-Star Soundtrack" . Retrieved . 2013-03-29 ^ Farber, Jim (August 5, 2007). ". 'State' of the art" Daily News (New York) . Retrieved . 2013-03-29 ^ , ConcertLiveWire.com Jesse Harris Interview , retrieved 2013-03-29 ^ "Independent Music Awards". Independent Music Awards . Retrieved . 2013-03-29 ^  ^ , JesseHarrisMusic.com Biography , retrieved 2013-03-29 ^ "Dangerbird Records store: Jesse Harris, Sub Rosa". Store.dangerbirdrecords.com . Retrieved . 2013-03-29 ^ Chris Rutledge (June 14, 2012). "Watch Two New Trailers For Jesse Harris’ Sub Rosa". American Songwriter. Archived from the original on 2010-06-17 . Retrieved . 17 June 2012 ^ Gorce, Tammy La (2007-07-10). "Feel - Jesse Harris : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2013-03-29 External links [edit ] Jesse Harris on Myspace
2000 Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas - " Smooth" 2001 Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Paul Hewson - " Beautiful Day" 2002 Alicia Keys - " Fallin'" 2003 Jesse Harris - " Don't Know Why" 2004 Richard Marx & Luther Vandross - " Dance with My Father" 2005 John Mayer - " Daughters" 2006 Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Paul Hewson - " Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" 2007 Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines Pasdar & Dan Wilson - " Not Ready to Make Nice" 2008 Amy Winehouse - " Rehab" 2009 Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin - " Viva la Vida"