Lori Henriques


Lori Henriques writes and records songs with the goal of rippling out peace, love, joy, curiosity, and compassion.

Crossing the genres of jazz, Latin, cabaret, blues and gospel, Henriques’ songs address an equally stunning array of topics--primatology, mindfulness, friendship, food forests, and the pull of a good downbeat. With homages to Fred Rogers and Jane Goodall and reminiscences of early Sesame Street, Henriques has created a classic for children and their parents.

In addition to a stellar cast from Portland’s jazz scene, Henriques brings along the family. Her eight-year-old son, Leo, and her husband, Juilliard-trained actor Matt Keeslar (Waiting For Guffman, Last Days of Disco, The Middleman) join her on vocals. Rounding out this family affair, her brother Joel Henriques (Made By Joel) whistles a mean solo and plays the saw.

A classical pianist from childhood through university, Henriques was a beloved private piano teacher in Seattle and Los Angeles. When she began writing songs, her additional degrees in English and French planted the seeds for an eclectic and intelligent songwriting style. How Great Can This Day Be shows influences of Mose Allison, Laura Nyro, Jacques Brel, Bob Dorough, Cole Porter and Nina Simone, to name a few.

Henriques has fully embraced the calling of writing songs that speak directly to children. All three of her albums have earned Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, rave reviews, and hours of airplay on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live. Her songs Everlovin’ Water, Another Good Year, and How Great Can This Day Be have all been #1 hits on SiriusXM, and her signature song Something You Learn won ASCAP’s Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award. In addition to writing more songs for children, Henriques is working on a children’s book and a musical for adults.

Location: Beaverton, OR, USA



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