Harry Connick Jr.
The newest American Idol judge and talented musician credits his Catholic father and Jewish mother for teaching him to live a God-centered life through their example. Encouraged to explore and choose his own faith, he became a Catholic at age 14 and attended a Jesuit high school. In an interview with Fr. Dave Dwyer on “Busted Halo,” Connick says that a friend asked if he is tempted to stray from his beliefs. “For me, having my faith and family allows me to go out into the stratosphere with my art... because I know where my home is.” He is a philanthropist, working with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for underprivileged musicians in his native New Orleans. Harry has been married to model Jill Goodacre for nearly 20 years. They have three daughters.