Vocalist, actress, dancer, composer, poet-lyricist, percussionist and choreographer, it’s hard to think of a style Joan Henry doesn’t cover. Her credits span the National Tour of Camelot with Richard Harris, the West Side Story 30th Anniversary Company, TV-movie Everyday Heroes, Walt Disney’s Pocahontas, appearances with guitarist Kenny Burrell, Pete Seeger, Paul Winter and R. Carlos Nakai, and a slew of recordings including solo works and two albums with stellar jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette – Earthwalk & Music for the Fifth World, alongside John Scofield and Living Colour’s Will Calhoun and Vernon Reid.
Ms. Henry is a hahesh’kah (lead drummer), Native Women’s Traditional dancer, and dekanogisgi (traditional song-carrier). Founder of acclaimed traditional drum group Mothers of Nations Singers & Dancers, Ms. Henry speaks on healing & spirituality among First Nations women and has offered opening prayers & song for the International Day of Peace and the United Nations World Indigenous Forum.
Most recently Joan Henry starred in the on Broadway smash hit, Ajijaak On Turtle Island, produced by Ibex Puppetry, a company founded in 2000 by Heather Henson, daughter of the iconic Muppets creator Jim Henson. In addition, Joan heads up the dynamic sextet — Spirited — whose music may be described as a ‘jazz-and-journey’ experience dancing on the borders of world music with equal parts jazz standards and originals touched by Native American and Brazilian flair. Ms. Henry also teaches, presents and consults at schools, universities and museums from Wellesley & Vassar Colleges to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in New York City, works with youth and women in indigenous communities in the US & Canada.
Webworks has done all the design and layout of the Earthsinger site through several incarnations from HTML to WordPress that Ms. Henry is able to update herself. The most recent mobile-friendly website refresh took place in 2018 with a whole new look and feel with the help of a modern and secure theme upgrade. Webworks is also responsible for most of the creation and content of the Earthsinger Kanogisgi YouTube Channel. This website acts as an umbrella to encompass the range of Ms. Henry’s evolving multifaceted career — a delicate balance.