The Henningsens

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The Henningsens
Origin Atwood, Illinois
Genres Country
Years active 2008–present
Labels Arista Nashville
Associated acts The Band Perry
Website Website
Members Aaron Henningsen
Brian Henningsen
Clara Henningsen

The Henningsens is an American country music trio consisting of Brian Henningsen, his son Aaron, and daughter Clara. The trio released its debut single, "American Beautiful", for Arista Nashville in late 2012.


The Henningsens, consisting of Brian Henningsen and two of his children, Aaron and Clara,[1] originated in Illinois, where Brian played in area bands off and on throughout the 1980s and began songwriting in the early 1990s. Brian met with music publishers in Nashville in the mid-1990s, but he put his career on hold to take over the family farm when his father was unable to. Aaron, Brian's eldest son, was in a college 007.[2]

In 2008, Aaron met Wynonna Judd's husband and Highway 101 member Cactus Moser at church, who in turn shared The Henningsens' demo recordings with producer Paul Worley.[2] The Henningsens co-wrote The Band Perry's singles "You Lie" and "All Your Life", as well as several album tracks on that group's self-titled album. The Henningsens' collaborative efforts with The Band Perry would later yield several album cuts on Pioneer, including the title track, "Night Gone Wasted," "I Saw a Light," "I'm a Keeper," "Back to Me Without You," and "End of Time." Other songs that The Henningsens wrote include "Love It Out Loud" for Wynonna Judd, "Alone" for Sara Evans, and "Six Gold Coins" by Highway 101. They then signed to Arista Nashville and began working with Worley on their debut album.[3]

On December 17, 2012, the trio released its debut single (and album title track) "American Beautiful". Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the single 3.5 stars out of 5.[4] A self-titled EP was released on May 28, 2013.[5] A full-length album, American Beautiful, was scheduled to be released on July 2, 2013, but has since been postponed.[5][6]

Clara married Jacob Calaway on May 4, 2013.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
American Beautiful

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
The Henningsens
  • Release date: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Arista Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
53 19


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
2012 "American Beautiful" 29 17 107 American Beautiful
2013 "I Miss You" 36
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "American Beautiful"[11] Darrin Dickerson
"I Miss You"[12]