The music of Fritz Henry is a unique blend of folk, pop, country and rock that truly captures the "return to basics" style attracting audiences of the New Millennium. With vocals rich and varied, Fritz accompanies himself with 12-string guitar and harmonica delighting his listeners with rhythm, repertoire and range. His CD's "The Survivor" and "Faces and Places" are a full measure of his creativity. Actively entertaining for more than 20 years, he has been enthusiastically received across the USA as well as in England, Scotland, Wales and Austria. In his words, "Actually meeting and sharing music with people from different places and countries, helps define your perspective of the world and will trigger creative insights which need to be expressed." The sights and experiences of these people and places, both beautiful and tragic, can be found woven throughout Fritz's songs and poems.
Born and raised in the rural farm country of upstate New York, Fritz knew what he wanted to do with his life, "to play music that will help people relax and enjoy the best parts of themselves and the natural beauty of the world around them." The time-honored traditions of love and respect for the earth, compassion, honesty and hard work are reflected in his personality and in his craft. Singing and entertaining have always come naturally to Fritz. By the age of 4, he was singing along with the radio, his mother's Elvis records and just about any kind of musical input around him. School, church and college choirs helped to train and refine his natural abilities - being one of the class mischief-makers undoubtedly contributed to his stage presence.
Fritz's professional career started within the rock of the 70's as lead singer in various rock bands, "I always loved the energy of rock music, but so much of the lyrics and the expected life-style of a rock musician was, and still is, mostly counter-productive." Feeling his way around the rock scene, a change was inevitable. Growing up with two older brothers who were into Dylan, The Birds, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and later embracing the acoustic-electric sounds of James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, Neil Young and others, Fritz concluded that being a soloist was the best way to achieve his professional and personal goals. Well known for his memorable interpretations of classic pop, rock, folk, and country music, his accessible and involved style of performance enables any audience to relax and enjoy themselves. Fritz tours the United States and overseas at festivals, fairs and concert halls, and for community concert series, corporate and convention functions, and for colleges, special events and charity fund raisers. Fritz is also an endorsee representative of the Ovation Guitar Company.
©Fritz Henry 2014
Photos ©Frank Forte