Harry Connick Jr. can’t slow down.
The 45-year-old New Orleans native has released two albums this year – one, Every Man Should Know, is an unusually introspective affair – and will follow them up with the all-star holiday movie Angels Sing.
At the moment, the singer, who has sold more than 28 million albums and also appeared on Broadway and television, is on a 27-city tour. On Oct. 20, he’ll be at Embassy Theatre.
He spoke from his home in Connecticut.
Q. Two albums and a movie. Are you sure you can’t fit anything else in this year?
A. Well, I guess when you look at it like a résumé it seems like a lot. When four or five things come out at once, people think, All he does is work. I do work a lot. But I work quickly. A record that might take someone a month to do might take me three days.
Q. When I listen to the arrangements on Every Man Should Know, it doesn’t sound like it took three days.
A. This one took a long time. I don’t do records like this a lot.
Q. I know you don’t listen to much music, but you have three daughters who play One Direction and Taylor Swift around the house. Do you think any of that had an influence on this album?
A. My songwriting in no way, shape or form was influenced by what’s on the radio today. I’ve done records where the poetic references are so obscure nobody knows what they mean. Over time, you start to wonder why I was playing in public. As much as I hate to admit it, I need to communicate with people.
Q. You started doing this at 19. How come you never went through that phase where you shave your head and punch the paparazzi?
A. I did it in other ways. Shaving my head was always musical. Who would choose to be a jazz musician when people are throwing pop offers at you where you can make millions of dollars? Why would you do that? Why at the height of my popularity would I do a funk record? And why, when it was so poorly received, would I do another one?
Q. You just filmed Angels Sing in Austin with Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. What was it like on set?
A. It was unbelievable. Willie Nelson’s bus was parked next to my bus on set. Just looking out my window and seeing his bus you think, That’s American history.