From an early age Henry from Shrewsbury, Shropshire has always had two passions in his life, rugby and music. He became a county rugby player and a music scholar at Ellesmere College.
At the age of 14 Henry was diagnosed with a juvenile inflammatory condition which led to years in and out of treatment and pain management. This was eventually diagnosed as Ankylosing Spondylitis. He was devastated that he could no longer play rugby, but he still had his love for music which he continued to pursue, later going to university to study Music with Musical Theatre at the University of Chichester Conservatoire.
As Henry’s talent developed, he began to perform at festivals and local gigs wherever he could, and entered a competition for unsigned acts called Open Mic UK, where Henry gained a place in the national final and performed to a packed audience at the O2 Indigo in London.
However, as success appeared around one corner, devastation appeared around another; Henry’s oldest brother Tom died at just 29 years old after losing his battle with alcohol addiction. Henry used songwriting to escape and express his emotions on how he was feeling, and this was when the song, ‘Lost Days’ was recorded. A team of aspiring filmmakers came together to support the song and a professional music video was created telling the story behind the record. The Music video gained national coverage being featured in The Independent, The Daily Star, BBC Radio 5 live and many more.
Motivated to tell others about his experiences in life, Henry travelled around schools, prisons and rehabs all over the UK where he shared his powerful and moving story, raising awareness of topics close to his heart and showed the music videos 'Lost Days,' 'Every Night And Day' and 'You're Beautiful,’ which combined have achieved over 1.2 million views on YouTube.
Henry has had the amazing opportunity to perform in famous venues such as The National Theatre London, Durham Cathedral, The Jam House Birmingham, Castlefields Arena, Widnes Rugby League Stadium, Parr Studios Liverpool, St James Theatre London and one of Henry’s songs was taken to the Edinburgh Fringe part of a very successful play.
In the past Henry’s original music has been Influenced by Pop and Indie bands/artists such as Snow Patrol, Danny Jones, Damian Rice and Ed Sheeran, however Henry won’t be afraid to explore new sounds with his upcoming music. Inspired by these musicians and from working with Jon Cohen a Music producer who has worked with artistes such as Adele and George Michael, Henry is currently writing more original music to release, collaborating with musicians, songwriters and doing acoustic covers on his YouTube channel and Instagram page.