pat mchenry is an award winning songwriter, performer, and recording artist from the great pnw.
Pat McHenry grew up playing music. "I just had to get out. I wasn't good at sports. I wasn't good at school. Music was the only thing that made sense." His band at the time featured in 2006's SXSW festival in Austin, TX. They were offered a recording contract, publishing deals, and A&R agents. There was a catch however. "We needed to change all the lyrics to the songs. The label just didn't like any of our singer's lyrics. That turned out really encouraging for me because I had written a big chunk of the music and none of the lyrics. I came back from that tour thinking 'dang I need to write!'" Setting up shop in 2008 he took full time duties on singing, guitar playing, and songwriting in his own project. After many shows with his band, local, regional, and national coverage, touring adventures, being ‘found’ by MTV he was offered a publishing contract from Ourstage Publishing. "That was really a break for me; here I am living in a tiny town doing gigs when I can, and someone in LA finds my music online and decides to run with it.
I think it was dumb luck but they really liked my songs." In 2013 his song 'Go On Go' On was synced with ABC/TBS's hit show Cougar Town starring Courtney Cox. Later that year he wrote an original song for Global Credit Union's ad campaign. His song 'Pins and Needles' was used by Foxnews as well. In 2016 the Kelly Slater Wave Co used his recording of 'Girlfriend in a Coma' in their ad campaign. "I love it all. That's what they tell you in acting school, but I think it applies to music too. Love it all, listen to it all, try to write it all." His latest offering, Chinook Hooks, self-produced and recorded in Seattle represent some of his southern roots and songwriting agility. It is a healthy dose of Honky Tonk and All American Rock, relatable story telling, catchy melodies, and winsome composition. Pat's music has been featured on TV, Radio, Independent movies, and a few commercials (Comcast, Foxnews).
Photographs by Brandon Hill