James Henry has been in high demand in recent years as a composer and sound designer for various projects. This is mainly due to his diverse skill set and broad interest across various music genres. The Melbourne arts scene provides many opportunities which has seen him as the musical director of 'Tanderrum' the Melbourne festival opening ceremony for 3 years running, sound designer for various Ilbijerri productions as well as City of Melbourne commissions.
As a performer he has performed as part of the Black Arm Band tours of the UK and US, Archie Roach's 'Into the Bloodstream' tour, Buried Country's national tour, just to name a few. He performs as a singer/songwriter in his own right playing many bars and festivals with his tongue in cheek folk rock tunes. This alongside the other musical skills he harnesses has seem him work as a electronic music producer, DJ and songwriting workshop facilitator.
As a singer/songwriter he gets his strongest influences from 60's pop/rock/folk melodists such as the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. His range of style with guitar in hand would receive his closest parallels to Paul McCartney in the way he stretches himself from big powerful ballads through quirky light hearted comical stories to high energy rock. For the most part but not solely, James is a solo acoustic performer and realising the importance of lyrics in a stripped back format, his carefully crafted songs are designed to educate, inspire and humour. With a laid back but engaging stage manner he breaks down the barrier between stage and crowd to create a personal experience with his listeners.
2018 The Bridge
2012 Dreamtime at the G Opening Ceremony (Arranger)