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  Nancy Harris Mingo Glass Tom HenryTOM HENRY

Tom Henry is a fresh talent who writes and performs with a purity and warmth of spirit and style. -Francine Ringold, editor, Nimrod Literary Journal

When Tom Henry appears on stage with guitar in hand, ready to sing from his collection of over 200 original songs, he is greeted with much anticipation and enthusiasm.

Born and raised on a farm near Spring Creek in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, Henry’s musical talent was recognized at an early age, and he was honored with a number of performance opportunities and invitationals. He wrote his first original song at the age of sixteen while milking the family’s fifty-two goats and caring for their twenty-two hogs. In 1984, at the age of nineteen, Henry landed his first paying gig at the 2200 Club in Tulsa, were he wowed the audience with his solo guitar, voice and original music.

Since then, Henry has played numerous venues such as Joey’s House of Blues, The Hall of Fame Club, Whisker’s, Jay’s Place, and Uncle Bentley’s. From 1984-1987, he recorded 45 songs at Long Branch Studios with Bill Belknapp, Rick Peale and Ed Robinson, and appeared in a cast of nine on Tulsa 23/Fox TV’s 1989 Theater North Presents Variety Talents of Tulsa. In Los Angeles, he performed at the Black and Blues Club on Sunset Strip and in 1993 he was invited to play in the Sunday in the Park Concert Series in Branson, Missouri, appearing with Nancy Griffith and Eureka Buskirks.

In the spring of 1994, Henry formed JipsiJam with Nancy Harris and Sherri Booth, performing spoken word and music throughout Northeastern Oklahoma. In 1997, He was invited to perform as the opening act at Tsanamis in Virginia, appeared with the Virginia Beach group Sea of Souls and recorded live for WNOR Radio, “Live from Tsanamis,” while travelling back and forth to Tulsa to perform with JipsyJam. In 2001, Henry again joined forces with Harris, performing at the Downtown Underground at Living Arts, at the Literary Journal Conferense and Workshop, and with Harris, Glass, and Booth at The Soulful Sundown Concert Series at All Souls Unitarian Church, for standing-room only crowds. In December of 2001, Henry and Harris were featured at Downtown Underground’s “Celebrate the Winter Solstice Concert” at Tulsa Living Arts and in January of 2002, he performed with Harris and Glass at the Harweldon Mansion, presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Henry is currently recording and performing with SMOKE, recently featured at the Ozark Poets and Writer’s Collective in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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