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Joe Henry

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Charlotte NC, United States (1985 – present)

Joe Henry (born December 2, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Grammy award-winning producer. He has released 12 studio albums and produced multiple recordings for other artists.

Henry was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but grew up in the Detroit area where he met Melanie Ciccone, Madonna’s sister, whom he married in 1987. In 1985 he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he played at small clubs. His debut album Talk of Heaven came out in 1986. He signed to A&M Records and released two albums, Murder of Crows (1989) and Shuffletown (1990)

After Henry and his wife moved to Los Angeles in 1990, he left A&M in 1992 to join the independent label Mammoth, located in North Carolina. He released Short Man’s Room and Kindness of the World, on which members of the Jayhawks provided instrumental backing.

In the mid-1990s Henry decided “to do something decidedly more eclectic” instead of continuing with country-rock. He turned to producer Patrick McCarthy, in making his next album Trampoline (1996). Trampoline also employed metal guitarist Page Hamilton, who demonstrated his own eagerness to stretch by collaborating on the album.

Asked to contribute a song to a benefit album for singer Vic Chesnutt in 1996, Henry also collaborated with his famous sister-in-law on a cover of Chesnutt’s “Guilty by Association” (Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation, The Songs of Vic Chesnutt, 1996).

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  • horabsurda

    I found him watching Six Feet Under and I just can't get over Blood From Stars "Some young punk cut a wire, the sun fell in the yard We gathered round it, and we kicked it hard We passed around flowers and wine and we cried oh Lord Now here comes the night" such a good songwriter...

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • fiodor3

    Joe + Madonna = Amazing

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • agacinco

    I guess he's referring to Henry's first releases

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • adrian_zappa

    shit! This Is Not country. Listen to the amazing Scar album and you'll see

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • zoarces

    I stumbled over "God only Knows" and I was just floored. It is simply one the most beautiful songs I've ever heard

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • marcoz

    der Hammer!

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    Good songwriting!

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • errorb

    alle sind der hammer. he just kicks ass'.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • schwabs

    gerade entdeckt und für absolut geil gefunden. die cd reverie von joe henry ist der hammer. danke!

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • glheureux

    Reverie is such an enjoyable album!

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • golop

    God Only Knows

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • SpiderJeruslm

    This guys is pretty good... So far he's the only country artist in my library, unless you count Jhonny Cash.

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • HampusForever

    why isn't henry more famous? I mean not too famous tough, because of course it gives music nerds like myself a kick being amongst the few who "understand" an artist.

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • IamFlood

    The fish are singing up in the timber

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • lenorazmelody

    I've never been the stalker "type," but I adore him so much that I might consider it!!!! Lol.

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    And now I ordered it :)

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Spotify is the place where I found him by accidentally. Blood From Stars sounds absolutely amazing album <3

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
  • silverpsycho13

    i think the AMG described the sound of his recent albums quite well: "pop noir"

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • jpjscribe

    Scar, Fuse, Tiny Voices, Civilians, Blood From Stars...any and all are a good starting point...

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • PULPMANRAV

    Just got into this artist really great.Recommendations anybody

    29 Aug 2009 Reply
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