Growing up in New Orleans, Connick's developing skills were honed in studies with piano legends Ellis Marsalis and James Booker and informal jam sessions with childhood friend Wynton Marsalis. Connick first performed publicly at age five and appeared on his first jazz recording at age ten, becoming a fixture at clubs in the French Quarter. Within a year of moving to New York at the age of 18, he had recorded his self titled major-label debut for Columbia, featuring a jazz trio. His next album, '20,' introduced audiences to his confident voice.
Connick's introduction to mass audiences came when director Rob Reiner asked him to contribute the score to the 1989 smash 'When Harry Met Sally.' The project marked two firsts for Connick, his first big-band recording and his first multi-platinum album. The following year, he released two albums simultaneously, both showcasing original songs. 'Lofty's Roach Soufflé' and 'We Are In Love' topped the jazz charts and crossed over to the pop charts as well, the latter going on to sell over 2 million copies. Over the years he has attained four multi-platinum and three platinum albums, three gold albums, two Grammy awards, and Emmy, Cable Ace, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.