Henta is an English contemporary praise music singer/songwriter, piano teacher and music director at Anamchara Ministries & Monastery who recently became a US Citizen. Her new album Rocks in My Shoes – bringing Heaven to Earth in the middle path, featuring Austin & the Avenue and special guests was released on 14th November 2022! This is a diverse and nuanced album and offers elements of contemporary worship, folk, gospel, blues and even some brushes with Americana and pop. The message of this album is about our daily walk, which can often feel uncomfortable to the point of being overwhelming, due to every day challenges. The rocks cause us to be squeezed to test our character, yet as we persevere and endure, the rocks start to get smoother as they are being refined piece by piece into shiny diamonds that become blessings not only to us but to others as well.
Her previous releases were “Our Town” single featuring Austin & the Avenue, “Rocks in My Shoes” single featuring Jordan Stoffel, “Exodus” the album in 2022, “Beautiful Creation” album in 2014 which marked the beginning of her journey into Christian worship music and ministry and over 20 more worship songs whilst living at the monastery since 2014.
Since moving to Seattle, US in 2006, Henta has performed at Burning Man, was nominated for a Grammy and released several studio albums. In January 2013, she moved to Anamchara Ministries & Monastery in South Cle Elum, WA. She moved there thinking it would be a temporary measure, as she had been forced to leave the cedar lodge she was renting in Roslyn WA, in somewhat of a hurry, due to an unexpected allergy to cedar. However, this was all part of God’s perfect plan to move her to the very place she needed to be in order to begin her Christian walk once more after a 20 year journey of exploration.
During her time at Anamchara Ministries & Monastery, she wrote her album Beautiful Creation, which was completely inspired by HaShem (God). To find out more about the lyrics and the story behind the songs, please visit her Beautiful Creation page on this website.
Prior to this time, Henta had released a variety of albums. In 2012 she released, Butterfly Song, which really marked the final transition from her secular life to Christianity. When you listen to these songs you can hear how she was so close to the truth, but was still observing it through an opaque window. In fact the single she released after Butterfly Song was called Next Event in Life, which talks of a major change about to take place not only in her life, but also in the world, which continues to take place even now.
In 2010, Henta released her contemporary classical trilogy called, Red into the Blue, which she specifically wrote for her parents.
In 2009, she released a concept album, Laserium for the Soul in August 2009, which was Grammy Nominated in the best New Age Album category. At the time this was totally relevant to her life, as she spent nearly 15 years involved in New Age Teaching and Philosophies, although she never considered herself to be just a New Age Artist, as most of her musical background was electronic, pop and acoustic.
In 2008 Henta released Daisy Dancing, a collection of rhythmic and melodic down-tempo, ambient and acoustic heartfelt songs. Some of these songs are collaborations with artists like Grammy-nominated David Miles Huber, Marcell Marias, and Ludington GT. At this time, she was active with events organised by EMC (www.electronicmusiccollective.com) in Seattle. She wrote and performed mostly with Marcell Marias playing both LIVE down-tempo and dance sets.
In 2006, she collaborated with Ludington GT in Seattle and performed at Burning Man Festival, Nevada.
In 2005 whilst still living in her hometown of Guildford in the UK, Henta released her first full album called, La Mint Collection, which she describes as vocalicious, rhythmical, melodic, down-tempo, uplifting and acoustic heartfelt songs.
Previous to 2005, Henta had been in a number of bands and collaborated with other musicians and sound engineers on projects in varying styles of music from ballads, pop, rock, dance and ambient. She has composed and released much production library music for Northstar Music and Stock International, many of which often appear on the Discovery Channel. She was also a finalist in Unisong 1999.
Some of her most memorable and interesting projects involved working with Geraint Hughes (www.thepodule.com) who is famous for co-writing some hits from the 70s some of which have since been remixed recently, namely, I lost my heart to a Starship Trooper, and Barbados. They produced a mixture of covers and original songs, as well as library pieces together from the famous ‘Podule’.
Another big influences was Marc Francois (www.darkstate.co.uk) who was her sound engineer for La Mint Collection and co-writer on Wanna Luv You from this collection and helped her to learn more about recording in Cubase.