Carson and Tess Henley
SHE won Budweiser’s Superfest Contest to open for Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, and take home 30k (www.tesshenley.com). HE wrote and recorded an album in less than 100 hours with Grammy-award winning engineers(www.carsonhenley.com). Collectively, Tess Henley and Carson Henley have performed for the NFL’s Seahawks, with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Allen Stone, Javier Colon, Elle King, Javier Dunn and more.
Their mother, a professional singer who practiced while driving her kids to sporting events around town, struggled with a new song’s difficult harmonies. Singing out from the minivan’s backseat, 5-year-old Tess uncovered those lines like child’s play. “That’s when we knew she’d been blessed with exceptional ears”, says her record-collecting father. Striving to write lasting music, Tess reminds us of why we love Stevie Wonder, The Jacksons, and old school soul. An awarded finalist in the 2011 John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, Tess strives to write musically rich songs like those of her childhood inspirations. Working with Dice Raw from The Roots crew and Khari Mateen (The Roots, Jill Scott, J*DaVeY) on her upcoming album, she has paired her honest vocals, rich harmonies and strong songwriting with phenomenal Philly talent, creating a fresh sound from a city with it’s own soul.
Carson’s raw style has a vibe of rock and soul music from the 60s. His live shows have drawn sold out crowds in the Pacific Northwest, and he was recently invited to sing with the Seattle Rock Orchestra for their Stevie Wonder Tribute. While his musical genre is similar to James Morrison, Adele, and Maroon 5, Carson’s shows conjure up visions of piano rockers from the past. Carson’s second CD, "100 Hours," includes a documentary examining the creative and recording processes involved in the writing and tracking of the CD’s music in under 100 hours. The film, that will be available on DVD, also focuses on how it’s often difficult to be heard by the music industry in a world filled with noise. The project was engineered and mastered by two Grammy winning engineers, Kory Kruckenburg (Pickwick) and Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, The Shins).