Bobby McFerrin (born New York City, March 11, 1950) is a jazz-influenced a cappella vocal performer and conductor. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is one of the world’s best known vocal innovators and improvisers. His song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (featured in the 1988 movie Cocktail, and the 2005 movie Jarhead) was a #1 U.S. pop hit in 1988.
He has also worked in collaboration with instrumental performers including pianist Chick Corea and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. This collaboration has established him as an ambassador of both the classical and jazz worlds. His recordings have sold over 20 million copies.
In addition to his vocal performing career, Mr. McFerrin was appointed in 1994 as creative chair of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
He is the subject of a persistent yet wholly unfounded rumour that he has committed suicide. The rumor was so strong that the official Bobby McFerrin FAQ addressed the question.
Mr. McFerrin and his oft-maligned hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” were parodied on “The Simpsons” as “I’m Worried - Need Money”.
Although Bobby was born in the United Kingdom, he was raised in New York.
Bobby's single, Don't Worry, Be Happy was a #1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors.
Bobby debuted on the music scene on his first solo album in 1982, which is self-titled.
Bobby has a four-octave vocal range.
In 1997, Bobby shared an Emmy Nomination with four producers in the category of Outstanding Cultural Music-Dance Program for his work on the 1996 television special Bobby McFerrin: Loosely Mozart, the New Innovators of Classical Music.
Bobby did a television commercial for Levi's jeans in the 1990s.