Malachi Henry and the lights

by Malachi Henry and the lights

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This is the sound of well water flowing up from dry land. It’s the shout from the back pew of a Wednesday night church service. It’s the metallic hiss of thousands of cicadas pulsing from the trees...

In this self-titled, debut album, Malachi Henry and the lights explores themes that seem raised up from an early Staple Singers set list, as if Henry had been pressing his ear to the wall, listening to patriarch Pops Staples directing the family vocals in the next room.

For the recording, Malachi Henry was backed by Los Angeles veterans Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes and Stephen Hodges, of Grammy winner Mavis Staples’ band and supported by seasoned North Carolina musicians like Emily Frantz of the Americana duo, Mandolin Orange.

Malachi Henry and the lights sounds like it was never told it couldn’t go places within certain genres. It represents a depth of neo-roots music and lesser-traveled paths of rock & soul not heard in a long time.


released April 1, 2015

Malachi Henry - lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar (10)
Rick Holmstrom - guitars, vocals
Stephen Hodges - drums, percussion, vocals
Jeff Turmes - bass, slide guitar (1), piano (10), banjo, saxophone, vocals
Jason Atkins - keyboard
Kevin Spencer - acoustic guitar (4)
Christopher Kincaid - background vocals (2,4,5)
Emily Frantz - background vocals (6,8,10)
ghost wolf - skits
Jim Brock - drums (5)

Produced by Ben Hernandez, Rick Holmstrom and Patrick Boyd
Recorded by Glenn Nishida, Pacifica Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Assitant engineering by Myles West and Kevin Spencer
Mixed by Patrick Boyd, Sioux Sioux Studio, Charlotte, NC
Mastered by Dave Harris, Studio B, Charlotte, NC
Cover art by Ben Hernandez

Special thanks:
Christopher Kincaid at Studio Grey, Fort Mill, SC
Andrew Marlin and The Rubber Room Studio, Chapel Hill, NC
Mike Pepe at Sioux Sioux Studio
Joey Pepe at Studio B
Kevin Spencer
Nick Hernandez



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Malachi Henry and the lights North Carolina

Born and raised near the irrigated fields and fruit groves of California and now living in North Carolina, Malachi Henry's music is rooted deep in the raw and haunting sounds of early gospel music; tempered with experimental rock and Southern soul.

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