The Band Hennessy
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The Band Hennessy

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Alternative Southern Rock


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"The Band Hennessy hopes to be a Houston original"

The Band Hennessy started life as a cover band, churning out familiar pop and rock tunes that were easy to sing along with and remember. The gigs brought in the money, but ultimately, they weren't satisfying.
Last year, the Houston-area band began tinkering with original material. It's debut single, "I've Been Broken Before," was well-received. A new tune, "Cyanide," featuring vocalists Ashley Hennessy and Heather Miller, has just been released. It's a polished, rootsy song fit for the summer.
Hennessy and crew play their biggest show to date Saturday at Bayou Music Center. Here's what she had to say about her band and their new direction.
Q: What are the challenges of transitioning from a cover band to originals?
A: It's a lot easier just mimicking someone else's version of a song. But we didn't want complacency in our sound. It takes more work, more hours discovering your own sound. Your marketing changes, your commitment to becoming unique in this industry becomes a full-time job, and you sacrifice those high-paying gigs for some that you do for little pay just to get the exposure. You're also subject to more criticism because you aren't singing songs that people recognize.

Q: The band plays a lot of gigs outside the central Houston area. How has it helped?
A: It's how we built our core following. It's great playing close to home or having a shorter drive after playing a four-hour show, but you don't grow your fan base and outreach by saturating the same markets, which is why we're now trying to play all over the place.

Q: What do you think unifies the lineup and makes it work?
A: We are all best friends. We truly are family. We make time for dinners and outings. Everyone rounds each other out really well. I think the fact that we all draw inspiration from different genres and eras of music helps create our sound.
The Band Hennessy

With: Ty Herndon, Scooter Brown Band, Curtis Braly

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas

Tickets: $25-$60; 713-230-1600 or
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Q: What's the story behind "Cyanide"?
A: The song is about a toxic relationship and ultimately becoming stronger because of it. You realize you don't need that person anymore, that their empty apologies mean nothing and how they become a parasite. There is a plot twist at the end of the song, and I can't wait for people to hear it.

Q: Is a full-length album on the horizon?
A: We will be finishing up the complete album in Nashville with Ken Royster of Direct Image Studios and mapping out a tour for 2016. We're also working radio promotions for "Cyanide." I promise, you will be seeing a lot more of the Band Hennessy. - Houston Chronicle

"Houston's songs of the summer"

The co-ed rock outfit's upcoming single, due July 28, has radio appeal. - Houston Chronicle


Still working on that hot first release.



Nashville Recording Artists, The Band Hennessy is a Texas

alternative rock band and that brings a powerhouse original

sound and performance. They’ve opened for numerous

chart-topping bands such as Dead Sara, Hinder and Framing

Hanley, Headlined the 94.5 Texas Buzz show and just recently

performed at The Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.

In July 2015 they released their second single, “Cyanide” , on

iTunes and numerous other music outlets.

The Band Hennessy has already developed a substantial local

and state-wide following.

The Band Hennessy also offers an ACOUSTIC SHOW version of the band for smaller venues.

Lead Vocalist, Ashley Hennessy, joined forces with Christian Weigand and Chris Piper in 2010.

They quickly cultivated their own original sound of Alternative Rock music, with a heavy, driving

bass line, resonating lead guitar, and intricate drum patterns.. in which each member’s influences

played a major part. Ashley quickly built a name for herself within the Houston, TX area by

competing in multiple singing competitions, such as Houston Pride Superstar and Bay Area

Houston Idol… in which she earned the titles of in 2011 and 2014. Her musical influences are

broad: Michael Jackson, Queen, Journey, Melissa Etheridge, Amy Winehouse, and her

personal favorite… Elvis “The King” Presley.

Lead Vocalist, Heather Miller, recently crowned Bay Area Houston Idol

2015, has been a staple in the Houston music scene for over 10 years.

With her unique vocals, intense and commanding stage presence, and

looks that could kill… she brought a breath of fresh air when she joined

The Band Hennessy in 2014. She captured the hearts of many when

she was heard singing “Me & Bobby McGee” at an acoustic show in their

hometown, and she has been a force to reckon with from day one. She

credits her musical influences to Amy Lee of Evanescence, Jewel, Heart,

Michael Jackson, and Reba McIntyre. Once you see your first live show,

you will understand why many are captivated by these two powerful

front-women. Their chemistry while performing on stage only showcases their distinctive sound

further when their harmonies fuse together… showcasing one of the only bands today that

feature two leading ladies.

Lead singer and guitar player, Christian Weigand has lead and

contributed to numerous blues and funk bands in the Houston area

since the early nineties. Born and raised in Houston, Christian has

been a regular fixture on the local music scene for roughly 20 years.

He has performed in such groups as “New Relics”, “Nightwatch”,

“One Accord”, “Brotherhood” as well as the award-winning

groups, “Rumblefish” and “Pearl Murray” and has shared a

stage with the likes of Randy Travis and Joe James. He is an

accomplished funk-blues guitar-player, regularly playing with

Ezra Charles and the Works as a back-up guitarist since 2004.

Chris Piper has grown up

around music. His father was a DJ at

a classic rock station before the rock was classic.

His mother taught music for more than a decade.

His sister is a classically trained opera singer. His

brother is an accomplished bass player. Cutting

his chops on the likes of Led Zepplin, Cream, and

other blues progressives, Piper began playing on

a stripped-down kit in the shed behind his house

at the age of ten. From there, he moved on stage

with a series of bands, playing everything from country to jazz. Piper’s strong grooves

compliment driving kick patterns that create a funk-fusion foundation for the band Rockit Bayou.

His influences include John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Bernard Purdie and Clyde Stubblefield.

The Band Hennessy has a large fan base in the Houston area and are in constant demand for private shows, corporate shows,and rock venues. 

Band Members