HARRY CONNICK, JR. HAS EXEMPLIFIED EXCELLENCE IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD. HE HAS RECEIVED RECOGNITION WITH MULTIPLE GRAMMY AND EMMY AWARDS AS WELL AS TONY NOMINATIONS FOR HIS LIVE AND RECORDED MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, HIS ACHIEVEMENTS ON SCREENS LARGE AND SMALL, AND HIS APPEARANCES ON BROADWAY AS BOTH AN ACTOR AND A COMPOSER.Harry Connick, Jr. announced on August 9, 2019 his forthcoming debut album on legendary Verve Records, his new label home. True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter was released on October 25, 2019. After 30 million albums sold worldwide, 13 No. 1 jazz albums in the United States, and a music, film, television and Broadway career spanning three decades, Harry Connick, Jr. returns with a sensational new record, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter. Comprised exclusively of Cole Porter compositions, True Love highlights Connick’s talents as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, as he breathes new life into popular songs from The Great American Songbook including “Anything Goes” and “You Do Something To Me.” “This is the first time I’ve taken a deep dive into another artist’s repertoire, and Cole Porter was my #1 choice for the project. His lyrics are witty and nuanced and he takes risks as a composer that I find appealing” Connick said. Connick’s effort in pulling together the album True Love was typically Herculean. After selecting the songs, and writing and orchestrating the arrangements, he assembled and conducted the orchestra which features his longtime touring band with additional horns and a full string section. The results showcase new depths in every area of Connick’s creativity, which soars to new heights in the new show that he has conceived and will direct on Broadway in December of 2019.The foundation of Harry’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. He was schooled by two of the city’s keyboard legends – James Booker, who allowed a pre-teen Harry to sit at his elbow in local clubs, and Ellis Marsalis, who provided more structured instruction during Harry’s teenage years. When Harry left for New York at age 18, he was equipped with a precocious command of jazz and popular music styles.In 1988, his follow-up album 20 announced that Harry was equally gifted as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook; but this was soon overshadowed by his multi-platinum success with When Harry Met Sally…, the soundtrack to the celebrated 1989 comedy by director Rob Reiner and Harry’s first performance with a big band.Harry so enjoyed the experience that he formed his own big band, which has been featured in recordings and live performances over the subsequent decades.In the 90s, Harry became an on-screen presence in roles that found him working alongside a host of talented actors. Hailed as “poignant” in the character study Little Man Tate (directed by and starring Jodie Foster) and “scarily effective” as a killer in Copycat (with Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver), Harry further displayed his range as the romantic lead in Hope Floats (with Sandra Bullock), the action features Memphis Belle and Independence Day, and the improvisational The Simian Line. His voiceover skills were also featured in My Dog Skip and The Iron Giant.