James Henry has been in high demand in recent years as a composer and sound designer for various projects. This is due to his diverse skill set and broad interest across various music genres. The Melbourne arts scene has seen him as the musical director of 'Tanderrum', the Melbourne festival opening ceremony for three years running, sound designer for various Ilbijerri productions as well as City of Melbourne commissions.
As a performer he has performed as part of the Black Arm Band tours of the UK and US, Archie Roach's 'Into the Bloodstream' tour, Buried Country's national tour, just to name a few. He performs as a singer/songwriter in his own right playing many bars and festivals with his tongue in cheek folk rock tunes. This alongside the other musical skills he harnesses has seem him work as a electronic music producer, DJ and songwriting workshop facilitator.
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.
James Henry is participant in the 2019 Ngarra Burria - First Peoples Composers program.
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5 Dec 2019 NSW: Ngarra-Burria - First Peoples Composers