This week we had the chance to catch up with Carson Henley.
Originally from Kent, Washington; Carson Henley comes from a family full of diverse musical interests. From his grandparents’ oldies to his mom’s soul music and his dad’s classic rock collections; Carson embraced the varying musical influences of his family and combined them into his own unique blend of soul rock with just a hint of classic oldies. With the increasing pace of today’s mainstream music, it is refreshing; to say the least, to see a young soul rock artist who can slow it down a bit.
Read our exclusive interview below, and discover 10 things you didn't know about Carson Henley!
GTG: Where was your live performance on the Gimme the Gig II Focus Tour?
Carson: It was in Seattle on top of a parking garage in downtown during a parade.
GTG: Did you get the chance to sit and try out the new Ford Focus?
Carson: I got a chance to sit in it; it was a really nice car. I like the look of the interior and the sound system.
GTG: What is one thing about you we would never guess?
Carson: I chip my teeth all the time. I chipped it a week ago on a microphone; I chipped it yesterday playing basketball, so I am going to have two fillings in a week. (laughs)
GTG: Why did you decide to use your real name instead of a stage name for your band?
Carson: Sometimes, a stage name fits a persona on stage better. But I am just me on stage, and I am not a good actor. I just play music and try to play it the way I feel it, so I guess that’s why I never thought about changing my name.
GTG: What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you on stage?
Carson: I was playing in a show where I was supposed to go out into the crowd. I caught my foot on a mic cord and fell down all the way down the stairs! Luckily, I stood right back up, but it was pretty embarrassing.
GTG: As a singer, who are your biggest inspirations?
Carson: I grew up listening to old Motown soul records from my mom, and classic rock from my dad. But as a whole I really gravitate towards soul music like Stevie Wonder, James Morrison (current) and Adele.
GTG: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dinner on the road?
Carson: My perfect meal would be a pizza, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies, and Jameson with ginger.
GTG: What “inconvenient truths” does the independent scene not want the general public to know?
Carson: The independent scene is a double edge sword; it’s hard to compete with the mainstream artists without money, but unfortunately, if you are independent, you don’t make much money. So it’s going to be a long and arduous road.
GTG: What country would you most want to perform live in other than US?
Carson: I have a large fan base in the UK so I would love to play in London. But I am also an Italian, so I would love to play in Rome, Italy as well.
GTG: Sounds like you parents have major musical backgrounds, can you tell me a bit more about them?
Carson: My mom was a singer in a band, and my dad is a massive music fan. I grew up not allowed to listen to radio, and I could only listen to whatever my parents listened to and that has had a fundamental impact on my musical styles.
Check out a video message from Carson Henley to Gimme the Gig and his fans!
Make sure to check out his album “100 Hours” available June, 2012.