D Henry Fenton is a singer-songwriter from Sydney Australia who is now based in
Los Angeles, California. He has released 2 solo albums, and 2 singles and an EP with his first band Holly Golightly. Holly Golightly got a break opening for prominent Irish band The Corrs on an Australian tour. The band then signed with Village Roadshow/Warners for a two-single deal, with one of the singles Tiny Pieces entering the top 100.
After relocating to the USA, Fenton got an offer to perform at SXSW. Playing solo with an acoustic guitar he caught the ear of legendary Aussie music writer and manager Stuart Coupe. Stuart and his label Laughing Outlaw Records financed and released Fenton’s first solo album, Autumn Sweet which was recorded with early REM producer Mitch Easter in North Carolina. The Sydney Morning Herald described it as “a strange and magical album” with one of the songs The Many Faces Of Esther getting added to high rotation on Australia’s JJJ, a national youth radio station.
His latest album Turnin’ was recorded with engineer/producer Steve Holroyd (Counting Crows/Tom Petty) and received some positive US college radio airplay, with a few bigger stations (including KBAC, Santa Fe NM) adding the title track to their playlists. He attributes the fuel for Turnin’ to a disillusioned marriage coupled with the struggles of living in Los Angeles. These tracks are the stuff of life, and Fenton capitalizes on this compelling interplay.
D Henry Fenton has opened for acts including John Mayer, Kasey Chambers, Colbie Caillat, Lissie and Morphine. His music blends americana, folk, pop, and indie-rock, bringing to mind bands like Wilco, Neil Young, Crowded House and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
He performs regularly in Southern California, with his band affectionately known as The Elizabethans, Dave Krusen original Pearl Jam drummer (Ten) joined the group recently. When pinned down, Fenton has no qualms about sharing his enthusiasm for playing to crowds of 10,000 or more, having opened for big international touring bands in Australia. “I’d love the opportunity to do it under my own steam; it’s an amazing feeling! Though playing live anywhere really is an amazing experience no matter what size audience.”