Country Artist Profile: The Henningsens [VIDEO]
Country music performers take a number of different paths to success. Some, like Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, use TV talent shows as their springboard. Most, however, grind their way through clubs or as backup performers to established stars. One of Nashville’s newest breakout artists, The Henningsens, have a uniquely country story.
The group consists of dad Henningsen–Brian–and two of his 10, yes 10, children Aaron and Clara. An Illinois farming family with a great love of music the road to Nashville wasn’t always smooth but a few chance contacts put them in a position to show what they could do.
Aaron met longtime musician/songwriter Cactus Moser at church, and Cactus was impressed enough with their music that he shared some of the group’s demo recordings with producer Paul Worley. “Paul believed in us early on,” Aaron says. Worley met the trio in 2008, and – thinking they’d gel with an act he was working with – he introduced The Henningsens to another family trio who had yet to sign a record deal: Kimberly, Neil, and Reid, soon to be known as The Band Perry. And Worley was right; the families clicked as writers and friends, with the Perrys’ debut album featuring three songs they wrote with The Henningsens, in addition to their hit recordings of “You Lie” and “All Your Life.”
Here they are telling their own story.
The trio now has a hit of their own, “American Beautiful” and it looks like the days of tending the farm may be behind them. We look forward to more from the group in the future!