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ALBUM: LONG TIME COMING:
TRACK LISTING
1. Going For It
2. I’ll Be There feat. D. Steward
3. Shrewsbury Strut feat, D. Steward & H. Olinger
4. Loves Simple Rules
5. Long Time Coming
6. LB, Thinking Of You feat Creole King & H. Olinger
7. I Won’t Complain
8. U-Turn feat. Creole King & Mike Mo
9. Endia
10. Awesome God feat. Creole King
11. Keep On Moving feat. Creole King

ALBUM: PHENOMENON: Release Date:2013
Singles
1. Our Secret
2. At The Lake feat. Creole King

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…He has rocked stages across the US from the Essence Music Festival in New
Orleans to The Legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, USA. He has shared stages with
the likes of the legendary Twinkie Clarke, Soul Singer Tony Terry and Master
comedian Rodney Perry. He IS the Smooth Jazz Phenomenon. He IS the one, J. Henry
and this is his story…
J. Henry hails from the Jazz Capital of the World, New Orleans, Louisiana. This Crescent
City native has been dazzling audiences across the U.S. for the last 20 years. His gift for
music was recognized early at age 7, and at 9 years old he was given the opportunity to
learn to play any instrument of his choosing and he found his love for music in the
saxophone. His uncle, New Orleans Jazz Legend Pierre Porree, gave him his very first
and J. continued to study under his mentorship and under another New Orleans Jazz
Legend, Brian Graber.
“I would sit on the front porch for hours a day making noise. Eventually that noise
became songs”
After practicing 4 to 5 hours a day, month after month, J. felt he was ready to perform his
first solo at his church playing “When The Saints Go Marching In”. With the energy and
confidence that he performs with today, you would have never guessed that as a child he
was stage fright. By the age of 13 he began playing for different churches, and by the age
of 16 was playing professionally. At age 17, J. and his twin brother Cardell started a
singing group named Cri’stal. The group was very successful in New Orleans winning
numerous talent competitions in and around the city. Yet the greatest accomplishment for
J. was fulfilling his childhood dream of performing on “Showtime at the Apollo”, where
he and the group won unanimously.
“…You never go through anything for yourself in life…”
In 2005, tragedy struck New Orleans in the form of Hurricane Katrina. Upon returning to
his hometown J. was faced with 6ft of water in his home and total loss. J. moved to
Atlanta, GA with nothing but 1 shirt, 2 pairs of pants, two pairs of socks and his
saxophones. Like so many others from the Crescent City, he had to start all over. While
in Atlanta trials and tribulations struck again and again as he became homeless and lost
everything three times. He even recalls working as a maintenance man in an apartment
community, sleeping at his job in the clubhouse and having to sneak in late at night and
get up before anyone came to work. The only person who knew the severity of his living
conditions was his soon to be wife, who stayed by his side. Through every challenge, J.
never lost his faith or his focus. He struggled through 2006, yet still worked hard at
pursuing his dreams, continuing to make a name for himself. He would continue to
expand and perfect his signature sound by playing with different bands and for different
organizations in and around Atlanta. His faith and perseverance kept him going and
eventually helped him become stable.
In the summer of 2008 while rehearsing for a show he met Daron Steward (cousin of Sly
Stone) who gave him the name “J. Henry“, and whom he had great chemistry with. A
month later he began working on his debut album. During the process of recording the
album he faced many challenges, but worked through them. After almost 2 years of
writing and production, J. Henry released his appropriately entitled debut album, “Long
Time Coming” in August of 2010.
J. Henry is determined to be a driving force to bringing Smooth Jazz back to prominence.
In 21 year, he has rocked stages with Bishop Paul S. Morton, P.J. Morton, Angie Stone,
Tony Terry, Rodney Perry, Destiny’s Child, Don D.C. Curry, Twinkie Clark, Eric Benet,
Marvin Sapp, Jai Reed, Kevon Edmonds, Craig Adams and Ron Laster. His live
performances are superb and mesmerizingly interactive. The high levels of energy and
emotion that J. packs into every performance, draws audiences into his incredible story of
love, trial and triumph. The J. Henry Experience has been quoted as being “the return to
the original live music experience.” With the release of LONG TIME COMING, there
has been a resurgence of the live music experience and a major shot in the arm for
Smooth Jazz worldwide. The album has been incredibly well received especially in
Europe and Africa. When it comes to his music and the effect that J. Henry is having on
Smooth Jazz overall, Rod Lucas of Lucas Media in the UK summed it up in one word,
"Fantastic". J. Henry is currently working on Sophmore project "Phenomenon" set to be released in early 2013.