Joe Hesh was born in Macomb, Illinois, and was raised in Pekin. He received his B.S. in music therapy from Illinois State University, studying under Dr. Daniel Stephens and Dr. Paul Rosene. During his time at ISU, he studied four years of classical piano with Perry Hackett from Julliard. He completed his certification in music therapy with an internship in Ellisville,MS under the direction of Photine Vlahos. He then completed a ThM degree in Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Dallas Theological Seminary and has served four churches so far with a therapeutic usage of music in aiding the spiritual growth of congregations and nationwide. He is co-founder of Aspenbreeze Productions and currently is under contract to record with that label. Joe is the Director of Worship at "Chelten: A Church of Hope" in Dresher, PA, and is in his eighth year there. He also just completed studies in trauma and is currently involved as a researcher with Lakeside Educational Network in the area of music and trauma under the direction of Gerry Vassar. Gerry and Aspenbreeze co-founder and president, Jeff Nicholson, serve on Joe's advisory board helping in areas of cultural awareness.
Joe's mission is to assist schools, organizations, churches, and individuals in understanding and profiting from the arts and cultural influences in our environment. He has created "Trauma-Informed Music", which includes a series of recordings beginning with "Peace" that are and will be actively field tested in different behavior settings with a therapeutic approach. Other recently released albums in the series are "Dawn", "Breeze", "Focus", and Maintain. The new "More Christmas" album was released Nov 3, 2013. On April 21, 2014, the album “Fours” was released as a tool to help students pass between classes. Three more to be released before summer in this area of trauma informed music.