Soulful. Stirring. Passionate. Alluring. These words poignantly describe the effect of Tony Henry's artistry. In 2008, these very words even set the backdrop to advance the romantic journey of my husband and I on our way down the aisle.
'I'm trying to write about it; been trying to figure it out. I just can't seem to put my finger on it. You're strangely beautiful - so pure and magical. I look in your eyes and I see destiny.' - "Something About You", The Soul Experience
'So much blood is spilled, another soul is killed...not too far are we from judgment day, so we need righteousness...The time is come for no more broken hearts; the winds of change are in the angel's wings.' - "Righteousness", The Soul Experience
The year was 2003 and independent soul artist Tony Henry embarked upon a new chapter in his life -- music. After discovering his natural and innate talent for singing and songwriting, Henry desired to take it to the next level. "I came to Houston and landed in Third Ward - where I performed here and there [until] someone handed me an acoustic guitar, to add a little extra something to my a capella [performances]."
And the rest was history. Henry, after creating a groundswell following developed from performing at small venues throughout Houston, went on to record his debut The Soul Experience in 2008. With tender, gritty and smooth low-, mid- and up-tempo grooves sprinkled throughout the LP, each listener gets a taste of the days of old soul, reminiscent of Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Terrence Trent D’Arby combined. Similar to these trailblazers in rhythm and blues, Tony has a keen ability to touch the soul of his audience. Hits like “Lil Birdy”, “Every Now and Then”, and “Stuck in the Ghetto” truly embody Henry’s uncanny lyrical ability to be raw yet delicate, underscored by melodic acoustic chords. “[There is this] sensitivity that I have – that I can passionately express my emotions through singing…my music. Just noticing the effect it has on people – it makes them feel good.”
This effect, which can be utterly stunning, led to opportunities to work with Carl Thomas, Bernard Freeman (nee’ Bun B of UGK), David Winans and Chamillionaire, which ultimately landed him a short-lived deal with a label. Not one to pursue the fringe elements of the music industry, Tony has always focused on the music. “It is [not] really my dream to be famous and rich – but really have a voice that can connect with others. Universal has exposed my music to the masses…I just want to reach people. I want that more than the fame or the money. [I am] also doing it [as] inspiration to others, people with big dreams. It’s a beautiful thing [to live my dream].”
Henry continues to share his passion for music with others via intimate soul-stirring performances at venues throughout the nation. His upcoming live set is tonight, Thursday, October 24, 2013 as the opening act for Glenn Jones and Howard Hewitt in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at BREC Airline Highway Park. Tony also plans to release a sophmore project in 2014. For more information about Tony Henry’s music, visit his artist site or follow him on Facebook.