Friday, 16 August 2013

Star Portrait-Harris Jeyaraj

Harris Jayaraj was born and 8th January, 1975 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has written scores and soundtracks for Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.


He studied at Krishnaswamy Matric School,KK.Nagar, Chennai.

Parents and Early career

His father, S. M. Jayakumar, was a noted film guitarist and an assistant to Malayalam music director Shyam and later became a noted musician and film composer. At age six, Harris began his formal training in carnatic music.His father wanted him to become a guitarist and made him learn classical guitar.[Harris scored the highest mark in Asia on his 4th grade exam of Trinity College of Music, London.


Harris is married to Joyce (alias Suma), the couple have a son named Samuel Nicholas and a daughter named Karen Nikita. Harris prefers to work in his Trinity Studios which he has established in his own residence.

Early Forays

He started his music career as a guitarist in 1987 at age twelve. After befitting as a guitar player, he started playing keyboard and developed interest over synthesizers. He then started programming with his Roland MC-500 and went on to work as a programmer under more than twenty five music directors in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam, working in more than 600 projects till the year 2000.He worked under noted composers including Raj-Koti, A. R. Rahman, Mani Sharma, Karthik Raja, Vidyasagar.While working as an additional programmer under Rahman, he composed music for various television commercials including a Coca-Cola commercial featuring actor Vijay.

Film Debut

He made his debut with Minnale directed by Gautam Menon. The tracks became a hit and he got Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil . In the process he broke 9yrs continuos record of AR.Rahman.

He then worked in Lesa Lesa directed by Priyadarshan.[14] The title track of Lesa Lesa was the first song in India to be released as a single prior to a film soundtrack album release (The first ever single to be released prior to an album was Anaida's "hotline").

Tollywood Debut

Harris made his debut in Tollywood with Vasu. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director and ITFA Best Music Director Award for Kaakha Kaakha, starring Suriya and Jyothik.

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Live Concerts

In 2011, Harris announced his first musical world tour titled "Harris On The Edge".The tour features live performance of Harris all over the world accompanied by a troupe of Tamil playback singers, including Karthik, Haricharan, Chinmayi, Tippu, Harini, Naresh Iyer, Harish Raghavendra, Krish, Aalap Raju, KK, Benny Dayal, Andrea, Suvi Suresh, Sunitha Sarathy, Srilekha Parthasarathy and Shweta Menon and international musicians and dancers.The event will be coordinated by Techfront and is to be directed by A. L. Vijay.


Filmfare Awards South

    2001: Won – Best Music Director – Minnale
    2003: Won – Best Music Director - Kaakha Kaakha
    2005: Won – Best Music Director - Anniyan
    2008: Won – Best Music Director - Vaaranam Aayiram
    2009: Won – Best Music Director - Ayan

International Tamil Film Awards

    2003 – Best Music Director – Kaakha Kaakha
    2008 – Best Music Director – Vaaranam Aayiram

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

    2003 – Best Music Director – Kaakha Kaakha
    2005 – Best Music Director – Anniyan & Ghajini

Vijay Awards

    2008: Won - Best Music Director - "Vaaranam Aayiram"
    2008: Won - Favorite Song of the Year - "Ava Enna" from "Vaaranam Aayiram"
    2009: Won - Best Music Director - "Aadhavan"
    2011: Won - Favorite Song of the Year - "Enamo Aedho" from "Ko"

Vijay Music Awards

    2011: Won - Best Music Director - "Engeyum Kaadhal"
    2011: Won - Popular Song of the Year - "Enamo Aedho" from "Ko"
    2011: Won - Best Western Song - "Nangaai" from "Engeyum Kaadhal"

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