Harper Simon is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He is the son of Paul Frederic Simon. Harper’s father Paul is a singer-songwriter who was a member of Simon & Garfunkel. As a solo artist, Paul has explored genres including gospel, reggae, and soul. He is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of sixteen Grammy Awards, including three for Album of the Year.
Harper Simon: Bio Summary
|Famous as||son of Paul Simon|
|Age||51 years old as of 2023|
|Date of birth||September 7, 1972|
|Place of birth||New York, United States|
|Siblings||Lulu Simon, Adrian Edward Simon, and Gabriel Elijah Simon|
|Parents||Paul Simon and Peggy Harper|
|Grandparents||Louis Simon and Belle Simon|
|Occupation||singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actor, journalist|
How Old Is Harper Simon?
Harper Simon was born on September 7, 1972, in New York, United States. He is 51 years old as of 2023. His full name is Harper James Simon. His parents are Paul Frederic Simon and his first wife, Peggy Harper. His father is a popular musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. His parents have divorced. They were married from 1969 to 1975. Harper is the only child of his parents.
Harper became the stepson of actress and writer Carrie Fisher after his father married Carrie. However, Harper’s father and Carrie are no longer married. His father is currently married to singer-songwriter and guitarist Edie Arlisa Brickell. Harper has two half-brothers and one half-sister from his father’s marriage to Edie.
Harper’s half-brothers are singer-songwriter Adrian Edward Simon, and Gabriel Elijah Simon while his half-sister is singer-songwriter Lulu Simon. His grandfather from his father’s side, Louis Simon (1916–1995), was a college professor of education at the City College of New York, a double-bass player, and a dance bandleader who performed under the name Lee Sims.
Harper’s grandmother from his father’s side Belle Simon (1910–2007), was an elementary-school teacher. After Harper graduated from high school, he moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music.
Harper Simon Is An Entertainer And Journalist
Harper Simon is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actor, and journalist. Born to musician Paul Simon, Harper began his journey as a musician at an early age. His father Paul makes references to his son Harper in the lyrics of some of his songs, most notably “St. Judy’s Comet”, “Slip Slidin’ Away” and “Graceland.”
Growing up, Harper Simon appeared in some film and television shows, including Sesame Street where he sang “Bingo” with his father, and Lorne Michaels’ The New Show and Saturday Night Live. As an actor, he appeared as Young Jonah in ‘One-Trick Pony’. He has appeared in ‘New Rose Hotel’ and ‘Bringing Out the Dead’.
Harper has also appeared in Friendly Fire. He served as an executive producer of Harper Simon feat Jena Malone: Berkeley Girl and producer of the TV Series Talk Show with Harper Simon. Harper’s music has appeared on several albums and in film and television shows. He contributed music to Abel Ferrara’s New Rose Hotel and The Blackout and played guitar on Carl Perkins’s final album Go Cat Go!
Harper Simon made cameo appearances in New Rose Hotel and in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead. As a guitarist, he has performed in Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band on different occasions and has played guitar on Sean Lennon’s album Friendly Fire. He accompanied Sean Lennon on the road opening for Regina Spektor and the Strokes.
Harper Simon recorded an album with his stepmother Edie Brickell. He performed as part of Blackout Sabbath, a concert curated by Rufus Wainwright, alongside Beth Orton, Martha Wainwright, and Joan As Police Woman. He performed as part of a Joe Boyd-produced tribute to Nick Drake, broadcasted on the BBC in 2013. In 2010, he released his self-titled debut album.
That same year, Harper performed as a musical guest on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Show with David Letterman. His second solo album, Division Street, was released in 2013. He performed in the band Lavender Diamond for two shows at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles in 2013. He is a regular performer at the Los Angeles venue Largo.
Harper Simon has performed severally with various members of the Grateful Dead. He produced a benefit concert for the film non-profit Vidiots honoring Stanton and produced the 30th Anniversary of Repo Man at The Regency Theater. He has presented films in Los Angeles and has conducted Q&As.
Harper has also served as a panel moderator for many of the screenings. He played guitar on Lady Gaga’s title track for her album Joanne, in 2017. As a journalist, he has conducted interviews with cultural and political figures. He is known for his contributions to several publications, including LA Review of Books, Purple, Issue, and Hesperios Journal.
Harper serves on the board of Waterkeeper Alliance. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, Paper, Mojo, Uncut, Clash, The Independent, and London Times.
Harper Simon’s Personal Life
Harper Simon hasn’t provided much information about his personal life. He has kept his love life secret. However, he has been romantically linked to American actress and musician Parker Posey. It is unknown if he and Parker are together or not. He is a private person. He reportedly does not have a social media presence.