Originally from New York City, Jesse Harris is a Grammy Award winning songwriter, singer, guitarist and producer of artists from all over the world. He began making records in the mid 90s with Once Blue (EMI Records), his first group and first experience writing for another singer.
Since then he has worked with dozens of artists and released 17 albums under his own name. His latest albums, Everlasting Day, and a collaboration with John Zorn, Songs For Petra, came out in 2020. A new single, “News & Coffee,” features singer Margaret Glaspy, and in August 2021 a recording with Vinicius Cantuaria, Surpresa, will be released on Sunnyside Records.
In 2003 Harris received the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year for Norah Jonesâ€™ breakout hit â€œDonâ€™t Know Why,â€ from her debut album, Come Away With Me, which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. It includes four other of his compositions: â€œShoot The Moon,â€ â€œOne Flight Down,â€ â€œIâ€™ve Got To See You Again,â€ and â€œThe Long Day Is Over.â€ He plays guitar throughout the recording.
Since then, Jones and Harris have collaborated numerous times. She has been a guest on many of his albums and he appears as guitarist on almost all of hers. He also contributed songwriting to her 2008 release The Fall and produced her version of his song â€œWorld Of Troubleâ€ for the Ethan Hawke film The Hottest State. That soundtrack features not only Harrisâ€™ score, but new versions of his songs by Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Cat Power, Feist, The Black Keys, M. Ward, Brad Mehldau, Bright Eyes (on whose album â€œIâ€™m Wide Awake Itâ€™s Morningâ€ Harris also appears as guitarist) and others. Harris and Jones appear together in the Amy Poehler/Paul Rudd comedy They Came Together, performing his song, which he also produced, â€œIt Was The Last Thing On Your Mind.â€
Other artists who have recorded Harrisâ€™ songs include Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Kandace Springs, and Solomon Burke, on whose album Like A Fire Harris plays guitar and sings backing vocals.
Songwriting collaborations have included Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Lana Del Rey, Maria Gadu, and Vinicius Cantuaria.
In 2013, Harris joined John Zornâ€™s The Song Project, along with Mike Patton, Sofia Rei, and Sean Lennon, writing lyrics for various Zorn compositions and singing them at festivals worldwide with a band featuring Marc Ribot on guitar, John Medeski on keyboards, and Zorn conducting. Two of the groupâ€™s albums have been released by Tzadik Records. Recently, Zorn and Harris released Songs For Petra, which features many new collaborations, vocalist Petra Haden and The Julian Lage Trio (for whom Harris has produced two albums, Arclight and Modern Lore).
Cosmo, Harrisâ€™ instrumental project, features trumpeter CJ Camerieri, drummer Jeremy Gustin, guitarist Will Graefe, trombonist Mike Boschen and bassist Benjamin Lazar Davis. They perform in New York City often and have completed an album with producer Jason Lader, to be released in 2022.
Other production credits for Harris include albums for Maya Hawke, whose debut album, Blush, was released in 2020; Gabi Hartmann, Forro In The Dark, Sasha Dobson, and Petra Haden, who recorded an entire album of his songs, entitled â€œSeemed Like A Good Idea â€“ Petra Haden Sings Jesse Harrisâ€ (Sunnyside Records).