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Your Songs is a studio album by Americanmarker multi-platinum selling recording artist Harry Connick, Jr., released by Sony Music.It was released first in the United States on a 2 disc limited edition vinyl LP on August 25, 2009, then released on CD on September 22.

The album is a collaboration with Connick and record producer Clive Davis.

Background

Most of the songs are chosen by record producer Clive Davis, who aimed towards classic, familiar songs, as contemporary as possible.

Davis had expressed an interest in working with Connick, who at first did not know what that meant, as he had never done such a collaboration before. Connick had an idea of bringing in a famous arranger for the album, but Davis suggested for Connick to do the arrangements himself, and he did. The finished arrangements however is influenced by Davis.

The song "Bésame Mucho" was suggested for the album by Connick's father, the previous district attorney of the Parish of Orleansmarker, Harry Connick, Sr.. Father and son has previously sung a duet on Sr.'s 1998 album release New Orleans...My Home Town, which also included songs which Jr. has recorded on his albums since.

The brothers Branford and Wynton Marsalis contribute to the album. Both are multiple Grammy winners, Branford on saxophone, and Wynton who has received nine Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize for Music, on trumpet. Both are childhood friends of Connick. Also Grammy nominated trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, and guitar player Bryan Sutton plays on the album.

Connick said in a radio interview, that track number thirteen, "Smile", is dedicated to a girl named Nicola. She and her mother attended one of Connick's shows in Paris, France, several years ago. Nicola was seven at the time, and Connick took her on a tour of Paris. They stood under the Eiffel tower, and even though she could not see where she was, as she was blind, she had the biggest smile on her face. They have remained friends since, and "Smile" is for her. The song includes a trumpet solo by Roger Ingram.

Promotion

On August 4, 2009, Connick had an album listening party in New York Citymarker, hosted by Sony Music chief creative executive Clive Davis. Amongst those in attendance were Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters, Brian Williams, Kelli O'Hara, Rachael Ray, Mario Cantone, Rosie Perez, and David Hyde Pierce.

A number of public listening events were held, from August 24 - 30, 2009. Connick did not attend the exclusive vinyl listening events, which were held in citys such as Orlando, FLmarker, Washington, DCmarker, Chicago, ILmarker, New York, NYmarker, Oakland, CAmarker, New Orleans, LAmarker,West Babylon, NYmarker, and Los Angeles, CAmarker.

He is scheduled for a number of TV appearances for the month of September and October 2009. In September he appears on Oprah on the 25th, then on Today (28th), The View (29th), and Late Show with David Letterman and Imus in the Morning on September 30. In October, he is a guest on the Today on the 1st, Rachael Ray in the week of October 5, and he does a week long promotional tour in Australia from October 2 thru 9, which includes a visit to Hey Hey It's Saturday, The Reunion on October 7, and an appearance as a guest judge on Australian Idol on October 11, 2009.

Release

The album was released first in the United States on a 2 disc limited edition vinyl LP on August 25, 2009. The CD album was released on September 22.

The first single of the album was Burt Bacharach and Hal David's " Close to You", and it was released exclusively on Amazon.com on August 25, 2009.

After the U.S. release, Connick was in Paris, Francemarker in September 2009, to record a song with French First Lady Carla Bruni. She and Connick's wife, Jill Goodacre, both former supermodels, are long time friends. The duet is a French and Italian version of "And I love her", written by Lennon/McCartney. The duet is released as a bonus track on European editions of Your Songs.

Tour

A concert tour is planned for Spring 2010.

Track listing

Barnes & Noble Exclusive Version

iTunes

European Editions

Japan Edition

Deluxe Limited Edition CD/DVD package

  • US only. Available through hconnickjr.com.
  • DVD includes behind the scenes footage, and the "(They Long To Be) Close To You" music video


Personnel





Release history

Country Date Label Format
United Statesmarker August 25, 2009 Sony Music LP
September 22, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Canadamarker September 22, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Australia September 25, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
United Kingdommarker October 26, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Denmarkmarker October 26, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Francemarker October 26, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Norwaymarker October 26, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Finlandmarker October 28, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Netherlandsmarker October 28, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Germanymarker October 30, 2009 Sony Music CD, digital download
Japanmarker November 11, 2009 Sony Music CD


Chart positions

Chart (2009) Peak

position
Australian Albums Chart 9
Canadian Albums Chart 11
Irish Albums Chart 40
New Zealand Top Albums 10
UK Albums Chart 28
U.S. Billboard 200 8
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums 1


References

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  2. ON THE RADAR: Harry Connick, Jr., directcurrentmusic.com, July 27, 2009
  3. Harry Connick Jr. Announces New Album Produced by Clive Davis, vintageguitar.com, July 30, 2009
  4. Radio interview: Harry Connick, Jr. Album tracks played (mp3 & download) at JAZZ.FM91
  5. Harry Connick Jr. "Your Songs" Listening Event With Clive Davis, Getty Images, August 4, 2009
  6. Harry Connick Jr. "Your Songs" Listening Event With Clive Davis, Wireimage, August 4, 2009
  7. Music >> All Shows for Harry Connick Jr., Harry Connick, Jr.'s Official MySpace site, August 20, 2009
  8. Harry Connick Jnr confirmed for Hey, Hey reunion, Perth Now, September 19, 2009
  9. Idol: Harry Connick Jr., tvtonight.com, September 25, 2009
  10. Harry Connick, Jr. - Your Songs, previewnewmusic.com
  11. ON THE RADAR: Harry Connick, Jr., directcurrentmusic.com, July 27, 2009
  12. (They Long To Be) Close To You: Harry Connick, Jr.: MP3 Downloads, Amazon.com
  13. Harry Connick Jr. collaborated with Clive Davis on forthcoming album of standards, The Times Picayune, July 30, 2009
  14. Le duo de Carla et Harry Connick Jr (French), parismatch.com, September 26, 2009
  15. New album casts singer Harry Connick Jr. in fresh light, The Star, September 22, 2009
  16. Harry Connick Jr. takes on Elvis and the Beatles, CNN: The Marquee Blog, July 30, 2009
  17. Your Songs Barnes & Noble Exclusive, Allmusic
  18. New Harry Connick will be released on vinyl first, blogs.knoxnews.com, July 29, 2009
  19. His guitar speaks many languages, newsobserver.com, May 8, 2009
  20. News: Harry Connink Jr. - April 3, 2009, fumosonic.com, August 2, 2009
  21. Harry Connick Jr is back with a new album "Your Songs", Koffee, September 8, 2009
  22. Your Songs: Jr. Harry Connick, Amazon.co.uk
  23. Connick Harry Jr: Your songs (Danish), Sony Columbia France on MySpace
  24. Harry Connick Jr - Nouvel album « Your Songs » - Sortie le 26 octobre (French), Sony Columbia France on MySpace
  25. Harry Connick Jr - Nouvel album « Your Songs » - Sortie le 26 octobre (French), Sony Columbia France on MySpace
  26. Kommende utgivelser fra Sony Music (Norwegian), Sony Music Norway
  27. Sony Music Entertainment Finland - Uudet julkaisut (Finnish, Sony Music Entertainment Finland
  28. Your Songs, Connick, Harry -Jr-, bol.com
  29. Your Songs, Harry Jr. Connick, Amazon.de
  30. Harry Connick Jr - 恋人たちのラブソング (Japanese), sonymusicshop.jp
  31. Top 50 Albums Chart - australian-charts.com. ARIACharts.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2009.
  32. Your Songs - Harry Connick, Jr., Billboard
  33. Pearl Jam tops the albums chart, Entertainment Weekly, September 30, 2009


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