J-Hen talks his passion for music, new track Gypsy Girl [Interview]
By Jack Barnes
Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?
J-Hen: I’m what you would describe as an easy to get along with, let’s make this work, if not, I’m moving on type of guy. I don’t have time for drama and I don’t really like confrontation. I’m the type of person that likes to get things done but it has to be right. No half stepping. I like doing music and I believe that’s what I was born to do. To put it simply, I like to entertain people.
Getmybuzzup: How did you come up with the name J-Hen?
J-Hen: My high school friends actually gave me that name. When I first started doing music with my friends, one of them started calling me Hen because my last name is Henry. My first name is James so I added the J to give it more flare. Thus, J-Hen was created.
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
J-Hen: I’ve been in the music industry for about 10 years now. I have been doing R&B /Pop music for the last 6 years, and prior to that I was rapping.
Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?
J-Hen: My passion for music first began at an early age. I discovered my love for singing and music in general when I was introduced to Michael Jackson‘s and James Brown‘s music. It was their ability to wow the crowds with their voices, music and dancing that appealed to me. It was during my middle school years that I taught myself how to write my own songs. I formed a rap group with a couple of friends during high school and soon after I fused the concept of rapping with singing and that’s when I began to write, produce, and record music! Also during this time, I and a few of my friends released our first LP which included tracks of me singing. It was after this LP that I decided to switch over to R&B and I’ve been writing and producing music ever since.
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your sound?
J-Hen: I have my own unique sound that I create from my heart about what I feel and from experiences I’ve gained from those feelings. I try to ease listeners into the sensual and hot soulful grooves of my music by creating sultry images that the listeners can actually relate to. The contagious hooks and playful lyrics of my music will stay etched in the listener’s mind long after the tracks have stopped spinning. Listeners will definitely be pulled in by my sassy style and tenacious lyrics.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
J-Hen: I grew up listening to such idols as Michael Jackson, Timbaland, Usher, and Prince as well as James Brown and Ginuwine. These were all inspirations behind my music.
Getmybuzzup: What are you currently working on?
J-Hen: I am currently working on a new track that will also include a music video. This single and video will be even better than anything I’ve released before.
Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your latest track “Gypsy Girl”?
J-Hen: My latest project is about a guy whose car breaks down on a dirt road and he goes to an isolated house to use the phone. He finds the girl there to be enchanting like a gypsy and she appears to cast a spell on him. I later wake up in class to find that it was only a dream and the girl sitting next to me is the gypsy girl. This visual brings to life mystery and charm.
Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your latest project?
J-Hen: Although touring would be great, I have no immediate plans to do so right now. I’m more focused on creating more great music so that I will have a great product to take out on the road when I do start touring. However, if the right opportunity comes on along, I will definitely consider it.
Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?
J-Hen: With my first check from my music, I reinvested it into more studio and production time.
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
J-Hen: Someone once told me that to stay relevant in the music business you have to keep God First, stay consistent, stay positive, keep positive people around you, stay focused and keep pushing, and not to ever give up until I had achieved my dream.
Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists on this project or in the future?
J-Hen: Yes, I do plan to collaborate with a few other artists on my next project. I believe in supporting other artists on their projects as well.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
J-Hen: I think the contagious hooks and playful lyrics of my music will stay etched in the listener’s mind long after the tracks have stopped spinning. But I also believe that no music is complete without an incredible beat behind it.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc.)
J-Hen: I feel like there is always going to be areas to improve on in regards to any career. But to be more specific, I would like to improve on my stage presence and vocal delivery. You can never be too good in these areas.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
J-Hen: My all-time favorite song is ‘Human Nature‘ by Michael Jackson.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
J-Hen: The most influential and successful artist at the moment, I would have to say is Bruno Mars. He is an artist that I believe is changing the music game. He is someone that has his own style of music, style of dance and style of dress. I admire Bruno Mars because he’s doing exactly what he wants and is winning.
Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?
J-Hen: A couple of my favorite artists that I’ve had the privilege to have listen to my music and getting their stamp of approval on some music that I wrote is Charlie Wilson and Ginuwine, who I personally met and had the opportunity to sit down with and let him listen and check out my music.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
J-Hen: Right now, I think the current state of music is on Hip Hop which is all about the turn up. In the past, I feel like the focus was more about the lyrics, and now it’s about the turn up.
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
J-Hen: My main goal is to show people that I have what it takes to be a successful singer/songwriter. I want to prove the doubters wrong and fulfill my dream of working with some influential people in the music industry. I want to help change some peoples’ lives.
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
J-Hen: I think my music relates to women the most. They can relate to the female in the song more because they have been on that side of the storyline.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
J-Hen: I think what makes me stand out from other artists is my vocal tone and my ability to interpretively perform my songs on stage. I bring my music to life and engage my audience with my lyrical storytelling.
Getmybuzzup: When you’re not in the studio, what do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
J-Hen: When I’m not in the studio, I live to go to movies and out to entertainment venues that offer food and games.
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
J-Hen: If I could work with any producer it would be Timbaland of course!
Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
J-Hen: I’ve been blessed and fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have some success on the Billboard Charts with my Single, Sex Instructor, which was on the chart for a total of 10 weeks and peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/HipHop Single Sales Billboard chart in 2012 and also the Hot Single Sales Billboard chart at #8 for 13 weeks. My album, Envision, which was produced by local producer Demetrius “DBizzy” Smith, peaked at #46 and was on the Billboard chart for two weeks as Heatseekers Album in 2014. My latest album, “On To The Next”, peaked at #8 and was on the Billboard chart for 1 week under Heatseekers – South Central in 2017. You can find all this information under Charts for Artist “J-Hen” on Billboard.biz
Getmybuzzup: What artist music are you currently a fan of?
J-Hen: I would say Chris Brown because of his creativity, dancing, state presence and versatility with singing, rapping and being able to mix and work with all types of genres of music.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?
J-Hen: My ability to dance and interpretively perform my songs on stage gets the crowd involved. I try to engage my audiences with my movements and dancing, therefore, getting the crown hyped and bringing my songs to life as I perform.
Getmybuzzup: When performing and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?
J-Hen: When I’m performing and the crowd is singing along to my music that energy gives me the all-time adrenaline and makes me want to give them the best performance each time. No matter what size the crowd.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
J-Hen: Chart breaking hits, award shows, touring and maybe even getting involved with television and film.
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you want to add?
J-Hen: Stay tune for bigger and better things from J-Hen in the very near future.
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
J-Hen: Fans can check out my music on all social media platforms. My website is www.j-hen.com and you can find all my social media links there.
Instagram is www.instagram.com/therealjhen
Twitter is www.twitter.com/therealj_hen
Facebook is www.facebook.com/therealjhen
YouTube is www.youtube.com/jhentv
Snapchat is J-hen3
Soundcloud is www.soundcloud.com/therealjhen
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