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Trey Hensley

Trey Hensley
It Is What It Is

A change in career directions is common in a tumultuous economy. But for Trey Hensley, it’s
been one of choice, not of necessity. After picking up a guitar at the age of 10, he quickly took
the bluegrass world by storm — even performing on the Grand Ole Opry when he was 11 with
Marty Stuart and Earl Scruggs. But two-and-a-half years ago, the now 18-year-old artist followed
his heart and interests into the world of country music. Called a “bona fide hillbilly rock star” by
Stuart, the Jonesborough, Tennessee native released his second country CD this summer.
It Is What It Is features a combination of new, radio-friendly contemporary songs as well as
tracks with the classic sound of some of Hensley’s heroes. The release offers music as varied as
covers originally performed by Elton John, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Dickens and The Gaither
Vocal band; covers of songs written by Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin and Jeannie Seeley; and
never-before-released songs written by the likes of Steve Wariner, Johnny Russell and Chuck
Allan Floyd.

Legendary singers making guest appearances on the album include Steve Wariner, Janie Fricke,
and Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys. “It was
unbelievable to me that some of my heroes would actually come in and record with me,” Hensley
said from the studio in Nashville. “For as long as I can remember, music has been my focus, and
these artists have played the background music to my life. To hear their voices on the same tracks
as mine is an honor and a dream come true.”

This summer, Hensley hits the road with his four-piece band for a tour that will carry him from
Philadelphia to Los Angeles, Nebraska to North Carolina and beyond. His tour includes
headlining dates in theaters and outdoor venues as well as opening for artists including Steve
Wariner, former Alabama front-man Randy Owen and Marty Stuart.

“I realize how far I have to go to achieve my dreams in music,” Hensley said, “but when I look
back and see performances for the President and Vice President of the United States, for some of
our wounded military heroes, and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere, I recognize
just how fortunate I am to get to do this for a living. I’ve got a great band, and I love singing and
playing my music. As long as anybody wants to hear me, I’m going to be out there doing it!”

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