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JPR Live Session: Joshua Henry

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On Friday, March 5th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a JPR Live Session (from afar) with Joshua Henry on Open Air.

No one knows the way a song cuts straight to the heart quite like Joshua Henry. He brilliantly pairs themes of vulnerability, love, and hope born out of the pandemic on his debut EP, Guarantee. The music showcases his powerful voice and his intelligent storytelling background, and Henry’s full voice--from low to high, from crooning to rapping. With Grammy-winning producer, writer, and composer Theron “Neff-U” Feemster on board as a close collaborator and producer on Guarantee, the EP jumps through a kaleidoscopic spectrum of sounds, all anchored by Henry’s undeniable, unparalleled vocals.

Henry made a name for himself in his Tony-nominated turn in Scottsboro Boys and as Aaron Burr in the first touring company of Hamilton, but his passion for music was rooted in childhood. As he progressed through Broadway, TV, and film roles, Henry’s heart beat out rhythms, his voice ringing with clarion emotion. But the entire time, he longed for an outlet to express his own story. “I’d been writing songs for nearly a decade, but my incredible wife, Cathryn, pushed me to not waste any time and follow that passion," Henry recalls. “I continue to love acting, stepping into someone else’s shoes, but this year made one thing super clear to me: We don’t know what will happen tomorrow, so I had to really give it my all.

This EP is full of my heart, but I also want people to jump and groove to it, to feel it cerebrally, spiritually, and bodily,” Henry notes. “There was a blank canvas that took me back to when I was seven years old, just writing from my heart, with nothing to lose.”

Listen Friday, March 5th at Noon for a JPR Live Session (from afar) with Joshua Henry Stone on JPR's Rhythm & News Service. To listen online, click the orange 'Play' button at the top of the page and select "Rhythm & News." Or grab the JPR Live Sessions podcast at Spotify, Stitcher, or Apple Podcasts.

Joshua Henry - "Hold Me" (Director's Cut)