Joseph Lee "Joe" Henry (born 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Henry's musical style spans several genres, including alt. country, rock, jazz and folk.
Joe Henry was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area and graduated from the University of Michigan. He moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1985 with then-girlfriend Melanie Ciccone, the sister of recording star Madonna. In New York he began playing in small clubs and recording music, releasing "Talk of Heaven" in 1986. The album earned him a recording contract with A&M, which released "Murder of Crows" in 1989 and "Shuffletown" in 1990.
"Shuffletown," produced by T-Bone Burnett, was the first to represent a shift in musical direction, and included a group of mostly acoustic players recorded live, directly to two-track master tape. His sound veered toward what was then emerging as "alt country". "Short Man's Room" (1992) and "Kindness of the World" (1993), shared members of the country-rock band the Jayhawks. These two albums were specifically written with the Jayhawks as backing band, as Joe was sharing a tour with them during the same period. The murder ballad "King's