Their hit debut single is “American Beautiful,” and for family trio The Henningsens, it may be an American spirit story wrapped up in a love song, but in lyrics like “we’re a little unusual, we are American beautiful,” there’s a window into the unlikely story of a group whose musical journey has been anything but typical. They are Brian Henningsen (bass, guitar, vocals) – family patriarch and father of 10 including eldest son Aaron (guitar, vocals) and daughter Clara (lead vocals, guitar).
On tour with Brad Paisley through the summer of 2013, The Henningsens are fast becoming fan-favorites, musically and personally. Friendly, gracious, unassuming, and fun to be around, they share the candor and sometimes merciless teasing of family, and while they’ll be the first to say that it can be unusual to see two generations of family living and working so closely together, they love doing it – and they hope that it might be a positive inspiration to others.
And making music that not only entertains, but also empowers or uplifts – music that resonates on an emotional level – is at the heart of what The Henningsens are all about. “If you can touch somebody emotionally and say something that’s actually worth saying, then you’ve done your job as a songwriter and an artist,” Brian says, “and that’s really our biggest goal.”
At just 23, Cassadee Pope’s unique vocals and powerful performances stole the national spotlight during Season 3 of “The Voice.” The reigning star of the NBC hit primetime show wowed from the start with offers from all four judges during the blind auditions before accepting with Team Blake (Shelton). Excelling throughout the competition, Pope displayed diverse musical tastes and talents, covering such songs as “Stupid Boy” (Keith Urban) and “Cry” (Faith Hill). Her version of the Country hit “Over You” (Miranda Lambert) was one of her three Voice performances that catapulted to the #1 spot on the iTunes All-Genre Chart, further proving Pope’s wide consumer appeal and vocal prowess.
Less than a week after her victory on the show, THE VOICE: THE COMPLETE SEASON 3 COLLECTION owned the #1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. The talented singer/songwriter has already appeared on TODAY, Live! with Kelly & Michael, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and performed with Train on NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH CARSON DALY
Pope will release her first Country album later this year.
At the ripe old age of 10 years old, Leah Burkey met Taylor Swift, and it was then and there that Leah announced that she wanted to be a country music star. And, she meant it. By the age of 11, Leah was performing at local fairs and events. Influenced by a huge array of modern pop and country artists, at just 15, Leah has truly become an accomplished musician herself, and an incredibly talented pop/country singer songwriter.
Leah’s drive and enthusiasm are evident in all that she does – she taught herself to play guitar, mandolin and piano – and her songs are not only clever and well written, but are truly radio friendly hit material.
Leah enjoys performing live, and has performed not only in her home state of PA and neighboring MD opening for acts such as Ronnie McDowell, Frankie Ballard and Colt Ford, but also in Nashville, at the Commodore Grille, Nashville Palace and the Blue Bird Cafe. As an acoustic solo artist or with a full band, her infectious smile and crowd pleasing music continue to wow young and old alike.
With her parents support, Leah recently recorded three brand new original songs in Nashville, and the result is an amazing collection of songs – “Jump”, “You & Me Against the World”, and “The Game”.
In May, she recorded a video for “The Game” which showcases not only her musical talent, but her amazing ability to light up the screen. This video caught the attention of APA Talent Agency and she was officially signed to their roster as of October 7, 2012.