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Birth name  Harris Jayaraj
Role  Film composer
Name  Harris Jayaraj
Years active  2001–present
Also known as  HJ, Harris

Harris at the launch of his Studio H
Born  8 January 1975 (age 46) Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (1975-01-08)
Genres  Film score, world music
Occupation(s)  Music composer, record producer, music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, lyricist, song writer
Instruments  Guitar, synthesizer, piano, percussion, keyboard
Albums  Ghatikudu (Original Motion Picture soundtrack)
Awards  Vijay Award for Best Music Director, Vijay Award for Favourite Song, Filmfare Award for Best Music DirectorTamil

Similar  Yuvan Shankar Raja, Gautham Menon, K V Anand

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Harris Jayaraj (born 8 January 1975) is an Indian film composer from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He composes scores and soundtracks predominantly for Tamil films, while also composed for a few films in Telugu and Hindi languages.

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Early life

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Harris Jayaraj was brought up in Chennai, He was born into a middle class Tamil Christian family. He studied at Krishnaswamy Matric School, K. K. Nagar. 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 from Mr.A.Abdul Sattar. Harris scored the highest mark in Asia on his 4th grade exam of Trinity College of Music, London.

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He started his music career as a guitarist in 1987 at age twelve. 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. In his early years, he admired music composers M. S. Viswanathan, percussionist Aruljothi Balagopal, A. R. Rahman and Hans Zimmer.

Film career

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Harris debuted as a film composer with Gautham Menon's Minnale. The album was well received, particularly the song Vaseegara was exceptionally popular. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil for his work in Minnale, breaking the 9 years continuous record of A. R. Rahman. The following soundtrack albums 12B and Majunu met with high acclaim and praise. He also composed for the Hindi remake of Minnale titled Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, also directed by Gautham Menon. Most of the tunes from the Tamil version were retained in the Hindi version too, and only two fresh tunes were composed. He then worked in Lesa Lesa directed by Priyadarshan. 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"). Harris made his debut in Telugu cinema 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 Jyothika. This film directed by Gautham Menon was a huge commercial success and the songs met with great critical acclaim. In its Telugu remake Gharshana two new songs apart from the Tamil version were added to suit the taste of Telugu audience. The song Uyirin Uyire reused as Cheliya Cheliya in Telugu and Khwabon Khwabon in Hindi had effective use of gibberish words which later became a signature element in Harris songs.

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Harris once again paired up with director Jeeva on Ullam Ketkumae after 12B. The music was appreciated for its excellency and synergy with the atmosphere in and out of the movie. Director S. Shankar, noted leading director of Tamil cinema, paired up with Harris in his magnum opus Anniyan. It was the first time Shankar did not team up with A. R. Rahman. Shankar later mentioned that working with Harris was an experience. The soundtrack album received several awards including Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director and Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil. The next film he scored was Ghajini directed by AR Murugadoss, for which he received Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director. Critics noted that the album had "scintillating, party-hopping numbers", which resulted in a huge commercial success in audio sales; the track "Sutum Vizhi" crossed 20 million downloads and turned out to be phenomenally successful. Harris crafted a necessary classiness into Gautham Menon's blockbuster crime thriller Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu starring Kamal Haasan. Gautham revealed that he shares the entire script with Harris and provides input's from his side.

"Harris and I, when we work together, we put in a lot of effort. I give him the entire script. I give him inputs. When we sat down for Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, I told him to do away with the traditional pallavi-charanam format in the Manjal veyyil song."

Harris once again ventured into Tollywood with a successful album Sainikudu. The music album of the film was released simultaneously in 10 chosen venues from five different countries. Gautham Menon who considers the music and background score of Harris as a major asset of his films, once again teamed up with Harris on a romantic-thriller Pachaikili Muthucharam. The soundtracks of Pachaikili Muthucharam are appraised as melancholic, lilting, mysterious, and alternatively catchy. Harris' collaboration with Jeeva continued with Unnale Unnale. The music album oozing with energy all through proved to be a cut above the rest. His next Telugu venture Munna had a good commercial reception, and the song Manasa fetched a Filmfare Best Singer Female award to Sadhana Sargam. With the following album Bheema, Harris continued his mettle with all the six songs. The track Siru Parvaiyalae used Pashto words in interludes. The album was praised for bringing up visual recapitulation from audio. Harris used a live orchestra of 84 members for the action cop film Sathyam. In 2009, Harris Jayaraj was signed in for Vikram Kumar's 24, which was to star Vikram. He was also signed in for the Malayalam film Yoddha 2, starring Mohanlal. But both films were subsequently shelved.

In Anegan, Harris's "Danga Maari Oodhari", featuring lyrics in North Madras slang become an instant chart-buster. After a hiatus of 6 years, Harris collaborated with Gautham Vasudev Menon for the action cop film Yennai Arindhaal. The soundtrack received positive reviews from critics. According to Behindwoods, it was the most played album of 2015 in Chennai radio stations.

Live in concert

In 2011, Harris announced his first musical world tour titled "Harris on the Edge". The tour featured 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 was coordinated by Techfront and was directed by A. L. Vijay. The whole tour was covered by Jaya TV.

Studio H

Harris opened a new studio on 8th of January 2017, called "Studio H". The studio consists of the latest audio recording systems and technology.The first song to be composed in the studio was Halena from Iru Mugan. The S3 soundtrack was entirely composed in this studio and all his future projects will be completed in "Studio H" as well.

Discography

Notes:

  • • Indicates languages of original release.
  • ♦ Indicates a film remade in another language with a different cast, retaining Harris as the composer.
  • # indicates the soundtrack album has one or more bonus songs composed by a different composer.
  • The movie Force has four songs composed by Harris. Film scoring is done by Sameer Phatarpekar with some themes having their melodies borrowed from the songs.
  • Lyricist

  • 2011 Engeyum Kadhal
  • 2016 S3
  • Ad jingles

    He composed music for various television commercials including a Coca-Cola commercial featuring Vijay (actor). In 2008, he composed for Herova? Zerova? ad campaign which Suriya initiated under the Agaram Foundation, working to help children who drop out of school early in Tamil Nadu. With the Ministry of Education in Tamil Nadu, he created a short commercial video outlining child poverty, labour and lack of education, titled Herova? Zerova?. The film was written and produced by Sivakumar and also starred Suriya, Vijay, R. Madhavan and Jyothika.

    Personal life

    Harris is married to Suma, the couple have a son named Samuel Nicholas and a daughter named Keren Nikita.

    Awards and nominations

    Special Honours
  • Kalaimamani Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu
  • Life Time Achievement Award from Konijeti Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamil Nadu
  • Maestro Award from the Ritz Style Awards 2015
  • Filmfare Awards South
  • 2001: Won – Best Music Director – Minnale
  • 2003: Won – Best Music Director - Kaakha Kaakha
  • 2005: Won – Best Music Director - Anniyan
  • 2005: Won – Filmfare Special Award - Ghajini
  • 2008: Won – Best Music Director - Vaaranam Aayiram
  • 2009: Won – Best Music Director - Ayan
  • 2003: Nominated - Best Music Director - Saamy
  • 2005: Nominated - Best Music Director - Ghajini
  • 2006: Nominated - Best Music Director - Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu
  • 2007: Nominated - Best Music Director - Unnale Unnale
  • 2009: Nominated - Best Music Director - Aadhavan
  • 2010: Nominated - Best Music Director - Orange
  • 2011: Nominated - Best Music Director - Ko
  • 2011: Nominated - Best Music Director - 7aum Arivu
  • 2012: Nominated - Best Music Director - Thuppakki
  • 2015: Nominated - Best Music Director - Yennai Arindhaal
  • 2016: Nominated - Best Music Director - Iru Mugan
  • Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
  • 2003: Won – Best Music Director – Kaakha Kaakha
  • 2005: Won – Best Music Director – Anniyan & Ghajini
  • 2011: Won – Best Music Director – Ko
  • Vijay Awards
  • 2008: Won - Best Music Director - "Vaaranam Aayiram"
  • 2009: Won - Best Music Director - "Aadhavan"
  • 2008: Won - Favorite Song of the Year - "Ava Enna" from "Vaaranam Aayiram"
  • 2011: Won - Favorite Song of the Year - "Enamo Aedho" from "Ko"
  • 2012: Won - Favorite Song of the Year - "Google Google" from Thuppakki
  • 2007: Nominated - Best Music Director - "Unnale Unnale"
  • 2011: Nominated - Best Music Director - "Engeyum Kaadhal"
  • 2012: Nominated - Best Music Director - "Nanban"
  • 2008: Nominated - Favourite Song of the Year - "Mundhinam" from "Vaaranam Aayiram"
  • 2008: Nominated - Favourite Song of the Year - "Nenjukkul" from "Vaaranam Aayiram"
  • 2009: Nominated - Favourite Song of the Year - "Hasili Fisili" from "Aadhavan"
  • 2009: Nominated - Favourite Song of the Year - "Vizhi Moodi" from "Ayan"
  • 2012: Nominated - Favourite Song of the Year - "Venaam Machan" from "Oru Kal Oru Kannadi"
  • 2011: Nominated - Best Background Score - "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
  • International Tamil Film Awards (ITFA)
  • 2003: Won - Best Music Director – Kaakha Kaakha
  • 2005: Won - Best Music Director – Ghajini
  • 2008: Won - Best Music Director – Vaaranam Aayiram
  • Mirchi Music Awards South
  • 2009: Won – Best Album of the Year – Ayan
  • 2009: Won – Mirchi Listeners' Choice for Best Album – Ayan
  • 2010: Won – Best Album of the Year – Orange
  • 2010: Won – Mirchi Listeners' Choice for Best Album – Orange
  • 2010: Won – Mirchi Listeners' Choice for Best Song – "Nenu Nuvvantu" from Orange
  • 2011: Won – Best Song of the Year – "Enamo Aedho" from Ko
  • Edison Awards
  • 2009: Won – Best Music Director – Ayan
  • 2011: Won – Best Music Director – Ko
  • 2015: Won - Favourite Song of the Year - "Danga Maari" from Anegan
  • 2015: Nominated - Best Music Director - Anegan
  • South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA)
  • 2012: Won - Best Music Director – Thuppakki
  • 2016: Nominated - Best Music Director – Yennai Arindhaal
  • 2017: Nominated - Best Music Director – Iru Mugan
  • Isaiaruvi Tamil Music Awards
  • 2007 - Best Youthful Album of the Year- Unnale Unnale
  • 2007 - Most Listened Song of the Year- "June Ponal" from Unnale Unnale
  • 2008 - Best Romantic Song of the Year- "Anbe En Anbe" from Dhaam Dhoom
  • 2008 - Best Album of the Year - Vaaranam Aayiram
  • 2008 - Best Music Director - Vaaranam Aayiram
  • 2009 - Best Romantic Song of the Year - "Vizhi Moodi Yosithal" from Ayan
  • 2009 - Best Album of the Year - Aadhavan
  • 2009 - Best Music Director of the Year - Aadhavan
  • Big FM Awards
  • 2010 – Best Music Director – Orange
  • Big Tamil Melody Awards
  • 2011 - Best Music Director - Engeyum Kaadhal
  • 2011 - Best Album of the Year - Engeyum Kaadhal
  • 2012 - Best Music Director - Nanban
  • Chennai Times Film Awards
  • 2011 - Best Music Director – Ko
  • South Scope Awards
  • 2008 – Most Stylish Music Director – Dhaam Dhoom
  • 2009 – Best Music Director – Ayan
  • Stardust Awards
  • 2011: Nominated - Standout Performance by a Music Director - Force
  • References

    Harris Jayaraj Wikipedia