From: CA, United States
Genre: Alternative/Alt. Rock, Jazz, Country
East Coast to West Coast and everything in between. From the intensely emotional to the beautiful and sublime. EAST 22 WEST is a unique fusion of Old school song stylings and a modern contemporary sound. Songwriter/Singer/Musician George B. Henry II is a St. Louis native who now calls the West Coast his home. Bassist/Animator Wen Chang moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, early on from Chicago, IL. A Powerful new sound and feeling. ~ EAST 22 WEST
Mr. Henry's youth was spent surrounded by music. He would watch his father singing harmony along the streets of Compton Hill, Southside St. Louis. He sang harmony with his sisters in local talent shows against the now famous "Stairsteps". He soaked in the Blues stilings of B.B. King ,Albert King, Jazz greats like Kenny Burrell & Percy Green & walked among personalities like Anna Mae Bullock (Tina Turner) as well as Jackie Wilson & Red Fox. He was turned on to a then unknown "Jimi Hendrix" still playing with the "Isley Brothers", by his mother, Louise Henry, an amazing voice in her own right.
After making the commitment to music as his lifelong career, Mr. Henry made his way to L.A. He was blessed with the opportunity to spend time with Chuck Trammell at A&M Records. A&M Records in 1976 was abuzz with activity. A&M Records was home to George Harrison's Dark Horse Records where Kenny Burke of the "Stairsteps" was playing bass for him. Joni Mitchell was there with Pat Metheny working on the Hejira Album. Quincy Jones was at A&M Records with George Bohannon & the "Brothers Johnson". Rene Deknight manager of the "Fifth Dimensions" was all a part of the Hollywood crowd. Mr. Henry soaked in everything around him. This is the kind of real world experience that you can't put a price on.
~EAST 22 WEST (George B. Henry II)