Harris Jayaraj

Occupation:
Music Director
Awards:
Harris Jayaraj won the Filmfare Award (Tamil) in Best Music for Minnale (2001), Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Anniyan (2005) and Vaaranam Aayiram (2008), He has won the Tamil Nadu State Award in Best Music for Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Anniyan / Ghajini (2005)
Years Active:
2001-Present
Harris Jayaraj
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Date of Birth:: January 08, 1975(Age-35)
Place of Birth:: Kodambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Family and Relations

Father: S.M. Jayakumar
Spouse: Joyce (formerly Suma)
Son: Samuel Nicholas
Daughter: Karen Nikita

Mini Biography

Early life:

Harris Jayaraj was born into a pious Christian Nadar family.He studied at the Krishnasamy Matric School, Chennai and later. Hisfather, S.M. Jayakumar who was a film guitarist who later became anoted musician and Chennai film composer.His father was an assistant to Malayalam Music director Shyam and hewished to make his child Harris a great singer. But Harris' interestwas in music and he once confessed that he couldn't sing well and hisvocal is also not good. And naturally he turned to music and HarrisJayaraj was an early admirer of the work of Hans Zimmer, percussionist Aruljothi Balagopal, A. R. Rahman and M. S. Viswanathan too.

Career:
Harris Jayaraj entered the world of film music as a musician, programming scores and drum–percussion for films under the famous Tamil music director A. R. Rahman. Jayaraj began his career as a keyboardist for several music directors over twelve years including Rahman, Mani Sharma, Vidyasagar, Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Sirpi, in addition to composing beats for TV advertisements.His first music score for a commercial film was for the Tamil film Minnale. The music was well received, particularly the song "Vaseegara", which made the film a box office hit, running the charts for weeks. After Minnale, Harris composed music for the Tamil movies 12B and Kovil which met with high acclaim. His score for Minnale was later dubbed.

In 2005, he composed for movies like S. Shankar's Anniyan, A. R. Murugadoss's Ghajini (2005) and Thotti Jaya.


Jayaraj's collaborations with director Gautham Menonhave been widely acclaimed, both of them being very successful in Tamilfilm industry. They have worked together in a series of hit movies likeMinnale, Kaaka Kaaka (2003), Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006), Pachaikili Muthucharam (2007) and Varanam Aayiram (2008).In Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, he has also appeared on screen in the song Manjal Veyil.


On 13 November 2008, just before the release of Varanam Aayiramthe duo split. Without divulging any reasons for their break up, HarrisJayaraj said, 'we are forced to take the decision. There is noill-feeling between us. I wish him all the best in all his futureendeavors'. A. R. Rahman is composing music for Gautham Menon's nextfilm Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya.His most recent release is K.V. Anand's Ayan.