The Thrills, Elliott Smith, Belle and Sebastian
james henry and friends
Crowded House, the beatles, Simon and Garfunkel
The multi-talented James Henry can be found involved in many fields of the music industry. From singer/songwriter to engineer to musical director. His diverse skill set has seen him perform as a guitarist on the recent Black Arm Band tour of the UK, choir member and guitarist as part of the Archie Roach Into the Bloodstream tour and as founding member of the rapidly emerging Skin Choir. His composition skills has attracted commissions from the City of Melbourne to compose for experimental medias and as musical director of the Dreamtime at the G performances. As the Songlines Aboriginal Music resident engineer, James has recorded for the community across various genres from traditional to hip hop to rock. With a musical understanding and appreciation spanning many disciplines it is hard to categorise James into one genre. As a singer/songwriter he gets his strongest influences from 60's pop/rock/folk melodists such as the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. His range of style with guitar in hand would receive his closest parallels to Paul McCartney in the way he stretches himself from big powerful ballads through quirky light hearted comical stories to high energy rock. For the most part but not solely, James is a solo acoustic performer and realising the importance of lyrics in a stripped back format, his carefully crafted songs are designed to educate, inspire and humour. With a laid back but engaging stage manner he breaks down the barrier between stage and crowd to create a personal experience with his listeners.