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Your Songs

For the Elton John song, see Your Song.
Your Songs
Harry Connick, Jr.
Released Vinyl: August 25, 2009
CD:September 22, 2009
(see release history)
Genre Traditional pop, jazz, big band, vocal
Label Columbia
Producer Clive Davis (executive,)
Tracey Freeman, Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr. chronology

What a Night! A Christmas Album
(2008)
Your Songs
(2009)

Singles from Your Songs
  1. "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
    Released: August 25, 2009
  2. "Just the Way You Are"
    Released: September 22, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Daily Music Guide 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Advocate (favorable)[4]

Your Songs is a studio album by American multi-platinum selling recording artist Harry Connick, Jr., released by Columbia Records. It was released first in the United States on a 2 disc limited edition vinyl LP on August 25, 2009,[5] then released on CD on September 22.[6]

The album is a collaboration with Connick and record producer Clive Davis.[7]

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.

Since Davis is no longer heading up contemporary labels like arista and J Records, his focus as Chief Executive Officer of Creative, his focus has been on executive producing adult contemporary fare from the past for artists like Barry Manilow and Harry Connick Jr. to meager results

The song "Bésame Mucho" was suggested for the album by Connick's father, the previous district attorney of the Parish of Orleans, 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.[7] 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.[8]

Promotion

On August 4, 2009, Connick had an album listening party in New York City, 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.[9][10]

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 cities such as Orlando, FL, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, West Babylon, NY, and Los Angeles, CA.[11]

He made a number of TV appearances in September and October 2009. In September he appeared 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 was a guest on the Today on the 1st, Rachael Ray in the week of October 5, and he set out to a week-long promotional tour in Australia from October 2 through to 9th, which included a visit to Hey Hey It's Saturday, and an appearance as a guest judge on Australian Idol on October 11, 2009.[12]

Release

The album was released first in the United States on a 2 disc limited edition vinyl LP on August 25, 2009.[5] The CD album was released on September 22.[6]

The first single of the album was Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "(They Long to Be) Close to You", and it was released exclusively on Amazon.com on August 25, 2009.[13][14]

After the U.S. release, Connick was in Paris, France 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.[15] The duet is released as a bonus track on European editions of Your Songs.

Tour

A world wide concert tour began in January 2010.[16]

Tour dates

[16] North America (2010)

[17] New Zealand (2010)

[18] Australia (2010)

Europe (2010)

Asia (2010)

Europe (2010)

North America (2010)

Asia (2010)

North America (2010)

  • July 15–31 Neil Simon Theatre, New York, NY
  • August 13–14 - Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
  • September 17 - Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort Reno, NV
  • September 18 - The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
  • September 19 - Monterey Jazz Festival - Jimmy Lyons Stage, Monterey, CA
  • September 21 - Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA
  • September 22 - Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, OR
  • September 24 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
  • September 25 - Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA
  • September 26 - Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA
  • September 28 - Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
  • September 29 - Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, NJ
  • September 30 - The Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA

North America (2011)

  • March 25 - WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, OK
  • March 26 - Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
  • March 28 - River Center, Baton Rouge, LA
  • March 29 - Jones Hall, Houston, TX
  • April 1 - IP Casino Resort & Spa, Biloxi, MS
  • April 2 - IP Casino Resort & Spa, Biloxi, MS
  • April 4 - Mahalia Jackson Theater, New Orleans, LA
  • April 7 - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL
  • April 8 - Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
  • April 9 - Mizner Park Amphitheater at Downtown Boca, Boca Raton, FL
  • April 10 - Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando, FL
  • April 11 - Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
  • April 20 - Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
  • April 21 - Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
  • April 22 - MGM Grand Theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT
  • 04/26/2011 - 04/30/2011 The Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA

Broadway

He held a series of concerts, called Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway, at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, from July 15 to July 31, 2010.[19] The concerts on July 30 and 31 were filmed live,[20] and aired on PBS on March 2, 2011 for a "Great Performances" special on the concerts.[21] These were also released on video, CD/DVD and album in March 2011, as Harry Connick, Jr.: In Concert on Broadway.[22]

Harry Connick, Jr. won an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Music Direction for Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway.[23]

The In Concert on Broadway album is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Track listing

[24][25]

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "All the Way
(featuring Branford Marsalis)"  
Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn 3:33
2. "Just the Way You Are"  Billy Joel 3:48
3. "Can't Help Falling in Love With You
(featuring Wynton Marsalis)"  
George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore 3:15
4. "And I Love Her"  Lennon–McCartney 3:12
5. "(They Long to Be) Close to You
(featuring Leroy Jones)"  
Burt Bacharach, Hal David 3:16
6. "Bésame Mucho"  Consuelo Velázquez 4:11
7. "The Way You Look Tonight"  Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields 3:45
8. "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"  Ewan MacColl 3:23
9. "Your Song"  Elton John, Bernie Taupin 3:35
10. "Some Enchanted Evening"  Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers 4:07
11. "And I Love You So"  Don McLean 3:30
12. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"  Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley 3:52
13. "Smile"  Charlie Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons 3:11
14. "Mona Lisa"  Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 3:08

Barnes & Noble Exclusive Version

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
15. "Killing Me Softly"  Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel 03:24

iTunes

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
15. "All the Way music video"  James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn  

European Editions

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
15. "And I Love Her
(featuring Carla Bruni)"  
Lennon–McCartney  

Japan Edition

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
15. "Killing Me Softly"  Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel 03:24
16. "Who's Sorry Now"  Ted Snyder, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby  
17. "Answer Me My Love"  Gerhard Winkler, Fred Rauch, Carl Sigman  

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
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
15. "Who's Sorry Now"  Ted Snyder, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby  
16. "Answer Me My Love"  Gerhard Winkler, Fred Rauch, Carl Sigman  

Personnel

[14]

Release history

Country Date Label Format
United States August 25, 2009 Columbia Records LP
September 22, 2009 CD, digital download
Canada September 22, 2009 Sony Music
Australia[29] September 25, 2009
United Kingdom[30] October 26, 2009 Columbia Records
Denmark[31] October 26, 2009 Sony Music
France[32][32] October 26, 2009 Columbia, Sony Music
Norway[33] October 26, 2009 Sony Music
Finland[34] October 28, 2009
Netherlands[35] October 28, 2009
Germany[36] October 30, 2009
Japan[37] November 11, 2009 Sony Music Japan CD

Chart positions

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[38] 9
Belgian Wallonia Chart[39] 71
Canadian Albums Chart[40] 11
French Albums Chart [41] 51
Irish Albums Chart [41] 40
New Zealand Top Albums [41] 10
UK Albums Chart[41] 28
U.S. Billboard 200[42] 8
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums[40] 1

Awards and nominations

Your Songs was nominated for a Grammy Award, in the category Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. This was announced on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. The 52nd Grammy Awards took place on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles.[43] The award went to Michael Bublé for his Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden.

References

External links

  • HarryConnickJr.com — Harry Connick, Jr. official website
  • Harry Connick, Jr. online interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' November 2009
  • Access Hollywood
  • JAZZ.FM91
  • Music video: Harry Connick, Jr. - "Close to You"
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