The Henningsens have come a long way in a few short years. To introduce this farm family from Illinois, they are Brian Henningsen (bass, guitar, vocals) – family patriarch and father of 10 including eldest son Aaron (guitar, vocals) and daughter Clara (lead vocals, guitar).
They have had eight of their songs recorded by major artists. Their cuts include The Band Perry's "You Lie" which reached a near chart topping No. 2 and the two-week No. 1 smash "All Your Life." They also wrote "Alone" recorded by Sara Evans, "Six Gold Coins" recorded by Highway 101, and "Love Out Loud" recorded by the legendary Wynonna Judd as a tribute to her mother Naomi.
The Henningsens' out of the box writing and vocal style first caught the attention of famed Nashville record producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Dixie Chicks) and led to a writing deal with EMI/Skyline/Cactus Moser Music. Splitting their time between the Henningsen family farm in Illinois and their home away from home, south of Nashville, kept them busy beyond belief. Writing and performing and honing their style led to their own artistry taking off in 2011, culminating with a record deal with Arista Nashville. They showcase a sound that is fresh, vibrant and uniquely their own, with Clara’s expressive and inviting vocals center stage, together with gorgeous family harmonies, compelling songcraft and vivid storytelling, offering lyrics that paint sometimes traditional themes in non-traditional ways.
Now, The Henningsens bring their talents to bear on their own debut, American Beautiful, a collection of songs all of which were written by one or more of the trio.
“We try to be very lyrically descriptive.”
- BRIAN HENNINGSEN