Henry J. Luciano Jr., a native of Westport, Connecticut was raised in a traditional Italian family with five children. Henry, the second child, was born December 20, 1950.
His roots in music go back to his early childhood. His father, also known as “Teddy” worked as a foreman in his family’s florist business dating back to the 1900′s. Every night after work his father performed at the “Jockey Club” playing his guitar and singing country music tunes, most times well in the late hours of the night. When he arrived home he found his children waiting up for him to play for them. Henry adored listening to his father perform. When his father purchased a new guitar the old guitar was passed down to the children.
Music was a great passion. For hours he would strum the guitar while singing his father’s old favorites, “Down In the Valley” or “Show Me the Way to Go Home”.
While in boarding school Henry was exposed to a variety of instruments. His interest in music grew, as he concentrated on learning to read music and play a variety of instruments–piano, clarinet, and his favorite the tenor saxophone. In addition to being introduced to new instruments he was also educated in different forms of music such as “classical” and “classical jazz”.
Henry was blessed with natural artistic talent in many venues. He excelled in acting, drawing, writing in addition to his ability to write, read and play music.
In the 1960′s the music industry began drastically changing. Woodstock exploded onto the scene. Electrical guitars ruled! Singers such as Jimmy Hendricks, The Rolling Stones and particularly Bob Dylan were his idols. He enjoyed and excelled at song writing which was now being influenced by Bob Dylan. Henry considered Bob a genius both in his writing style and his ability to mix poetry and music. The saxophone and a Yamaha acoustic guitar became his new favorite instruments. He was drawn in by the freedom of being able to play different styles of music.
For many years his music was sidelined. He was newly married with a newborn son. His father-in-law was a extremely successful commercial artist. Henry interest in all forms of art and music were influenced by his father-in-law’s career. He took several art classes with the dream of becoming successful enough to earn a living that would support his family. Discouraged, he took aptitude tests hoping to prove he was making the right career choice. Every test showed Henry’s natural talent was writing, well above any of his other interests. The pressure of supporting his family took him away from music. Life changed, as did Henry.
After two failed marriages, he went to college and excelled in writing always receiving superior grades. His guitar sadly stayed in his closet for 25 years.
After the 9/11 Terrorist Attack Henry yearned and felt compelled as an American to help heal the families of the victims that perished and all Americans. He began writing a song, one he wanted to reach out in a positive and healing way. For many years he worked on this song “Sounds A 9/11 Remembrance” which was produced in 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11. A video was produced and can be viewed on You Tube.
This song was also chosen to be on the Tree Top Record’s CD commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
He began collaborating with Paramount.Song. Henry has written many songs, producing two albums and the third will be completed shortly. His songs vary from “traditional country”, “pop country”, “commercial jingles” and “pop music”.
Henry’s writing style is primarily based on poetic lyrics. His inspiration is drawn from his personal experiences, trying to reach out to others on an emotional level. His motivation and purpose for writing is to help others and uplift their spirits.
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