Interview with Heath Hensley
by Janelle Landauer
How would you describe your style of music for those who haven't heard you yet?
Country, pop, R&B, Soul, and Gospel all rolled into one!!
How and when did your first break in the music industry come about?
I was singing karaoke at Lonnie’s Western Room and Richie Brown (co writer on Good Ride Cowboy for Garth Brooks) happened to be there. I got off the stage and he approached me. We talked for about 5 minutes and he said he had a song that he thought my voice would be perfect for. He gave me his number and said to call him. I called him and he asked if I could come listen to a song that he had written with Jerrod Neimann and Justin Lantz. That song was “Grace Don’t Know She’s Amazing?” I thought it was a great song and he asked if I would be willing to sing a demo of it for them. They loved the result and they started giving me more songs to demo for them. That began what has become a great friendship and got me goin’.
How would you describe the whole process of recording your debut album and what is a typical day in the studio like for you?
Recording my first album was amazing. Words can’t even begin to describe the joy I felt. A typical day in the studio for me is, well, a dream come true every time. It is definitely what I am meant to do. Music isn’t just a part of me. It is me. I walk in take a deep breath and say, I’m home.
Do you have a favorite song on your new CD? If so, what is it and why is it your favorite song?
I truly feel a personal connection with every song on the album. The writers are just so tremendously talented. But, if I had to pick one, I would say, “If they don’t have a prayer” is my favorite. The first time I heard it, it brought me to tears. When a song can do that to someone and when you can have that much of a connection to it, there is no doubt in my mind that it is meant for greatness. I am so blessed to have been able to record a song like this.
Where do you find the ideas and inspirations when writing songs?
Inspiration to me, and probably to any writer comes from anything and everywhere. From a rainstorm to a beautiful sunset and everything in between.
Can you tell us about your favorite song that you've written overall? What does it mean to you? Why did you write it?
You know, I have written some songs that I love, but the main song that comes to mind is a song I wrote with Rick Tiger. It’s called “You can count on my love” The reason I dig this song so much is because it shows you that men can still be chivalrous and they can continue to love there woman from now until forever. I just think people need to hear that more often. It tends to give them reassurance.
What do you like most about being on an independent label?
You get to take the bull by the horns and ride it the way you want.
What goals have you accomplished and what do you still hope to accomplish with your
The main goal I feel I have accomplished is defying the odds of a musician moving to Nashville. By that I mean, people say 80% of musicians move home before the first year is over. I have been here 3 years now and still going strong. I hope to one day make a good living doing what I was meant to do and if I happen to become a household name in the mean time. Well, that would be just fine.
If you could collaborate with anyone musically, who would it be and why?
Vince Gill hands down. Great songwriter, remarkable vocals, I mean, who wouldn’t want to collaborate with him?
Who has been the greatest influence in your life?
I definitely must say my parents and sister.
Do you have a favorite song to perform live?
My absolute favorite song to perform live is “Whenever you come around” by Vince Gill.
What advice would you give to those who plan to get into the music business?
Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something. There is nothing that is out of your reach as long as you put your heart and your mind into it.
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to all your fans and all our readers?
Thank you so much for listening and taking interest in what I am doing. I’m planning to do as many live shows as I can this year. It’s a great time for independent artists right now. I know I’m really excited. Hope to see you from the stage!