Harris Jayaraj born 8 January 1975, in Tirunelveli) is a film composer. He has written scores and soundtracks and played music for many Tamil films, as well as Telugu and Hindi films. He lives in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Harris Jayaraj was born to a pious Christian Nadar family in tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. He studied at the Krishnasamy Matric School, Chennai. His father, S. M. Jayakumar, was a film guitarist who later became a noted musician and Chennai film composer. His father was an assistant to Malayalam music director Shyam and he hoped to make his child Harris a great singer. But Harris' interest was in film music and he once confessed that he could not sing well. Harris Jayaraj was an early admirer of the work of Hans Zimmer.
Harris Jayaraj entered the world of film music as a musician, programming scores and drum-percussion for films under the Indian music director A. R. Rahman. Harris had been the first person from India to receive the title of Top Mark Scorer in Asia from Trinity College of Music. Harris 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.
Having been a part of various troupes under dynamic music directors, as a keyboard player, he could bring out his best to their satisfaction. Harris geared himself up to know the knack of sound engineering and other aspects of Music. While playing keyboard for other music directors, he happened to meet Gautam Menon who wanted Harris to score jingle for his commercial along with Cameraman R. D. Rajashekhar. Their friendship continued and one day Gautam placed an offer in front of Harris to score for his debut Movie Minnale. Not sure of what the outcome may be, both of them ventured into it giving their best. This made heads turn towards him when Minnale went on to become a musical-cum-commercial hit.
The music he scored for Minnale well received, particularly the song "Vaseegara", which was in the charts for weeks. Next, he composed music for the Tamil films 12B and Majunu, which met with high acclaim. His Minnale score was later used in the Hindi version, titled Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Harris's collaborations with director Gautham Menon have been widely acclaimed, both of them being very successful in Tamil film industry. They have worked together in a series of hit movies like Minnale (2001), Kaaka Kaaka (2003), Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006), Pachaikili Muthucharam (2007) and Varanam Aayiram (2008).Harris is married to Joyce (formerly Suma). The couple have a son called Samuel Nicholas and a daughter called Karen Nikita. Harris' father Jayakumar is a noted evangelistic musician. As a student in Trinity College of Music Harris received the title of 'Top mark scorer in Asia'. His music albums have been commercially successful throughout his career. Harris established his own studio named Trinity Studios in his own residence.