The Henningsens

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The Henningsens
OriginAtwood, Illinois
Years active2008–present
LabelsArista Nashville
Associated actsThe Band Perry
MembersAaron 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 their 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 bands off and on throughout the 1980s and began songwriting in the early 1990s. He met with music publishers in Nashville in the mid-1990s but he put his career on hold to take over the family farm.[2]

In 2008 at church, Aaron met Wynonna Judd's husband and Highway 101 member Cactus Moser, 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 The Band Perry. Their collaborative efforts 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 their 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] The trio co-wrote Billy Currington's 2015 single "Drinkin' Town with a Football Problem".[8]

On June 16, 2015 The Sims 4: Perfect Patio Stuff was released including a song recorded in simlish by The Henningsens, Like No One's Watching, radio station backyard (the non-simlish version was released in 2016 on World's On Fire).

In August 2015 The Henningsens parted ways with Sony Nashville.

In the same month they released a tribute song to honour the farmers, Why I Farm, in partnership with Beck's Hybrids.

On May, 11th The Henningsens announced the release of their first LP album, World's On Fire.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Our Family Christmas
  • Release date: November 17, 2014
  • Label: Arista Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
World's On Fire
  • Release date: June 2, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download

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
US Bubbling
2012 "American Beautiful" 29 17 7 The Henningsens
2013 "I Miss You" 36
2015 "Why I Farm" World's On Fire
2016 "Sugar Rush"[12]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "American Beautiful"[13] Darrin Dickerson
"I Miss You"[14]
2015 "Why I Farm" Roger Pistole


  1. ^ "The Henningsens". 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "The Henningsens - Learn". 2013. Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Henningsens, 'American Beautiful' – Song Review". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "The Henningsens Releasing Debut EP May 28 Featuring "American Beautiful"". WWGP. May 14, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Haislop, Neil (May 21, 2013). "The Henningsens To Release EP". All Access. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Conaway, Alanna (May 6, 2013). "The Henningsen's Lead Vocalist, Clara, Gets Married". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  8. ^ Thompson, Gayle (June 9, 2015). "Billy Currington Opens Up About New Song, 'Drinkin' Town With a Football Problem'". The Boot. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  9. ^ "The Henningsens – Chart history – Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "The Henningsens – Chart history – Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "The Henningsens – Chart history – Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
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  13. ^ "The Henningsens, 'American Beautiful' Video - Exclusive Premiere". The Boot. February 28, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : The Henningsens : I Miss You". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 9, 2013.