Ken Hensley Video for second Track – Stand –  from My Book of Answers

Ken Hensley Video for second Track – Stand – from My Book of Answers

Launch of Stand (Chase The Beast Away)

new track with video out now from

Ken Hensley album My Book of Answers

Sleeve - KenHensley_HNELP144_coverThe video for the new single Stand (Chase The Beast Away) by the late Ken Hensley is launched today, 5th February.  Stand is the second track to be taken from Hensley’s upcoming album My Book Of Answers, a collaboration with Russian fan Vladimir Emelin whose poems have been turned into an album’s worth of songs, a series of videos, a concert and an illustrated lyric book (available later this year). My Book Of Answers is to be released on 5th March 2021 as a CD/DVD and Vinyl Album, through Cherry Red Records.  Pre-order the album HERE and get Stand as instant grat on iTunes and Amazon.

Or buy Stand HERE.

For a link to the video of Stand click HERE.

Stand was the first collaboration between Hensley and Emelin and the first song recorded. “I didn’t know if I could do it because I’ve never done it before,” said Hensley. “(Vladimir) loved it and he wanted me to do more and more until we finally ended up with an album’s worth of songs.”

All the elements of the track were recorded separately in home studios across Europe. Backing vocals were recorded in Italy, Russia, Yorkshire and Teddington, London, while other musicians and Hensley recorded their contributions in Spain.

Stand (Chase The Beast Away) bears all the hallmarks of a life spent, by Hensley, crafting classic rock music. Based on one of Emelin’s poems, Stand is an anthem of hope as we draw on the strength of love and friendship to confront our demons. The chorus soars ‘Stand up, stand strong, Stand together and stand for as long as it takes,’ and together we are capable of great things.

About Ken Hensley

Ken Hensley was one of the most important musicians over the past fifty years. His work with Uriah Heep in the 1970s helped to make the band hugely influential. Hensley was Uriah Heep’s keyboard player, guitarist, vocalist and principal song writer, responsible for such classics as Lady In Black, Easy Livin’ and Look At Yourself, and providing Uriah Heep with much of their musical direction. Leaving the band in 1980 to pursue a solo career, he also collaborated with Florida-based hard rock band Blackfoot, L.A. heavy metal band W.A.S.P. and Cinderella. “Ken Hensley wrote the rule book for heavy metal keyboards as far as I’m concerned,” W.A.S.P.’s frontman Blackie Lawless is quoted as saying.

Following his departure from Uriah Heep, Hensley lived in America where he met his wife-to-be Monica. The Hensley’s settled on a farm near Alicante, Spain, and married in 2004. A very spiritual person, Hensley became an inspiration to many and known for encouraging talented artists and enjoyed the love and respect of fans the world over. “It’s enduring and I’m happy that most of them are still alive!” he said. “I love to meet them when I go out on the road but at the moment that’s not possible.”

Hensley’s solo career began in 1973 with Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf, and Ken remained as busy and prolific as ever, with a career that spanned sales in excess of 45 million albums.  Hensley worked with leading artists across the globe and he became known as an inspiration for encouraging other talented artists.

My Book of Answers is released on 5th March
Formats – CD/DVD and Vinyl Album
Pre-order the album HERE.

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Twitter – @KenHensleyMusic

Launch of Lost – First video & single from Ken Hensley Album

Launch of Lost – First video & single from Ken Hensley Album

Launch of video for

Lost (My Guardian) – the first track from

Ken Hensley album My Book of Answers

Ken Hensley My Book Of Answers

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The new video for the single Lost (My Guardian) by the late Ken Hensley is launched today, 8th January 2021.  Taken from his forthcoming new album My Book Of Answers, Lost (My Guardian) is the first track to be released from Hensley’s collaboration with Russian fan Vladimir Emelin whose poems have been turned into an album’s worth of songs, a series of videos, a concert and an illustrated lyric book (available later this year). My Book Of Answers is to be released on 5th March 2021 as a CD/DVD and Vinyl Album, through Cherry Red Records.  You can buy the track HERE.

To watch the video of Lost (My Guardian) click HERE.

Drawing on the strong faith of both Hensley and Emelin, Lost (My Guardian) is a spiritual quest, as they search for a light in the darkness:

I’m lost, out here in Neverland
I’m lost, just a man without a plan
I’m lost, I’m doing all I can
But the winds of fate are hard
And I’m lost without my guardian tonight

The track is driven along with a strong riff, as Hensley calls on his half-century of creating classic rock, while there is a vulnerability in his voice reflecting the struggle Hensley says he had to find his own identity following his departure, after 10 years, from rock legends Uriah Heep.

Speaking just days before his untimely death in November 2020, Hensley said: “I lived in America for twenty years after I left Uriah Heep and I really needed time to rediscover myself, get rid of my drug habit and see if there was anything left of a human being in there after my life had been buried in Uriah Heep for ten and a half years. It took a long time to get there but I got there in the end.”

My Book Of Answers is released on 5th March 2021 as a CD/DVD and Vinyl Album through Cherry Red Records.  Pre-order it HERE.

About Ken Hensley
Ken Hensley was one of the most important musicians over the past fifty years. His work with Uriah Heep in the 1970s helped to make the band hugely influential. Hensley was Uriah Heep’s keyboard player, guitarist, vocalist and principal songwriter, responsible for such classics as Lady In Black, Easy Livin’ and Look At Yourself, and providing Uriah Heep with much of their musical direction. Leaving the band in 1980 to pursue a solo career, he also collaborated with Florida-based hard rock band Blackfoot, L.A. heavy metal band W.A.S.P. and Cinderella. “Ken Hensley wrote the rule book for heavy metal keyboards as far as I’m concerned,” W.A.S.P.’s frontman Blackie Lawless is quoted as saying.

Following his departure from Uriah Heep, Hensley lived in America where he met his wife-to-be Monica. The Hensley’s settled on a farm near Alicante, Spain, and married in 2004. A very spiritual person, Hensley became an inspiration to many and known for encouraging talented artists and enjoyed the love and respect of fans the world over. “It’s enduring and I’m happy that most of them are still alive!” he said. “I love to meet them when I go out on the road but at the moment that’s not possible.”

Hensley’s solo career began in 1973 with Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf, and Ken remained as busy and prolific as ever, with a career that spanned sales in excess of 45 million albums.  Hensley worked with leading artists across the globe and he became known as an inspiration for encouraging other talented artists.

Reflecting on 50-plus years in the music business, he added: “It’s been a great career. I can’t look through the (Uriah Heep) box set without having a huge smile on my face! To be celebrating my music 50 years on is quite something. We weren’t a hit with the critics but we listened to the people who bought tickets and albums and, unfortunately, the critics ignored them. It just went on and on and on. We pulled together and achieved everything we set out to do. It was a wonderful life and career. My life has been fantastic but it’s not been easy, it was a lot of hard work but when you do what you love best it doesn’t seem like hard work.

My Book of Answers is released on 5th March
Formats – CD/DVD and Vinyl Album
Pre-order the album HERE.

Watch the video for LOST HERE.

Ken-Hensley.com
Facebook – officialkenhensley
Twitter – @KenHensleyMusic

Ken Hensley – My Book of Answers

Ken Hensley – My Book of Answers

Ken Hensley Album

My Book Of Answers

Out On 5th March

Sleeve - KenHensley_HNELP144_coverThe late Ken Hensley had completed work on his new album My Book Of Answers shortly before his untimely death on 4th November 2020.  My Book Of Answers is to be released on 5th March 2021 as a CD/DVD and Vinyl Album with Lyric Book package through Cherry Red Records.   You can pre-order the album HERE.

For half a century Ken Hensley was a major influence in the rock world. An original member of Uriah Heep, Hensley was keyboard player, guitarist, vocalist and principal song writer with Uriah Heep for ten years. His subsequent solo career saw Hensley work with leading artists across the globe and he became known as an inspiration for encouraging other talented artists.

My Book Of Answers is a wonderful tribute to this rock legend. The album is the intriguing result of a collaboration with one of Hensley’s fans, following a chance meeting at an airport, as he turns dreams into a reality. Over a two year period the collaboration with Russian fan Vladimir Emelin has seen Hensley turn Emelin’s poems into an album’s worth of songs, a series of videos, a concert and an illustrated lyric book charting the progress of each piece from Russian poem to English rock song. And all of this has been produced in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.

Hensley was clearly excited when speaking shortly before his death. “It’s been fascinating since day one! It’s somewhat miraculous how it all came together and how it’s continued to grow and develop, even through the crisis, to where it’s at today and where it’s going tomorrow.

This unique project came about following Hensley’s chance meeting with Emelin at Alicante airport in early 2018, as he explained. “Vladimir has a home up on the Costa Blanca and he’s here as often as visas will permit. I was flying to Moscow, he was on his way home and he saw me at the airport. I guess I’m his idol and he’s been a fan since he was a kid. Well, he asked me for an autograph and a picture, which I was happy to give him, and for an email address.

At a meeting in Alicante, later in the year, Emelin asked if Hensley could turn a couple of his poems into songs. “I tried a couple of songs, although I didn’t know if I could do it because I’ve never done it before. He loved it and he wanted me to do more and more until we finally ended up with an album’s worth of songs.

“I made most of the album under lockdown, Coronavirus restrictions, which was easy because it was just file-sharing over the internet with the musicians, the singers and my engineer and it was relatively easy. What we had to do was make sure we didn’t compromise any quality. I popped it over to my manager Steve Weltman and typically, before I know it, he’s got the guys at Cherry Red interested in it!  The whole thing takes on another dimension.

Emelin also suggested a video and they would, eventually, make a video for each track together with a concert of all of the songs which was filmed, with social distancing, close to Hensley’s home in Spain.

I’ve never done anything like this before and, to the best of my knowledge, I don’t recall anybody else who has,” Hensley added. “I’m also developing a lyric book which will be a beautiful piece. Each song feature’s the original Russian lyric, the translation by Vladimir’s friend in Siberia and my notated stuff where I changed the words of the poem into a song and created verses, bridges and choruses. The fans can see all the changes I made, and understand why I made them, and then there’s the final lyric that appears on the album. Alisia Vaselieva, a wonderful illustrator and friend of Vladimir’s, has done an illustration for each song, so five pages for each song and it will be a deluxe hard-back package – a collectors’ item.

“To begin with it was hard to find the time to really concentrate on the project because 2019 was one of the busiest years of my career but, as it happens, the Coronavirus actually solved the problem for me, at the same time as it created terrible problems for so many others. I was forced to stay home and spend all my time on this project with Vladimir, the restrictions of the virus meant I was able to do that.

“I’m really happy with it and I have a huge yardstick to measure it by! It seems as though it was meant to happen.”

Track Listing:

1. Lost
2. Right Here Right Now
3. Cold Sacrifice
4. The Silent Scream
5. Cover Girl
6. Light The Fire In My Heart
7. Stand
8. The Darkest Hour
9. Suddenly
10. The Darkest Hour (Acoustic)

My Book Of Answers is released on 5th March 2021 as a CD/DVD and Vinyl Album with Lyric Book package through Cherry Red Records.

About Ken Hensley

Ken Hensley was one of the most important musicians over the past fifty years. His work with Uriah Heep in the 1970s helped to make the band hugely influential. Hensley was Uriah Heep’s keyboard player and principal song writer, responsible for such classics as Lady In Black, Easy Livin’ and Look At Yourself, and providing them with much of their musical direction. Leaving the band in 1980 to pursue a solo career, he also collaborated with Florida-based hard rock band Blackfoot, L.A. heavy metal band W.A.S.P. and Cinderella. “Ken Hensley wrote the rule book for heavy metal keyboards as far as I’m concerned,” W.A.S.P.’s frontman Blackie Lawless is quoted as saying.

Following his departure from Uriah Heep, Hensley lived in America where he met his wife-to-be Monica. Speaking just days before his death, Hensley said: “I lived in America for twenty years after I left Uriah Heep and I really needed time to rediscover myself, get rid of my drug habit and see if there was anything left of a human being in there after my life had been buried in Uriah Heep for ten and a half years. It took a long time to get there but I got there in the end. I met Monica and we lived together for a couple of years. I wanted to move back to Europe to be closer to my family.”

The Hensley’s settled on a farm near Alicante, Spain, and married in 2004. A very spiritual person, Hensley became an inspiration to many and known for encouraging talented artists and enjoyed the love and respect of fans the world over. “It’s enduring and I’m happy that most of them are still alive!” he said. “I love to meet them when I go out on the road but at the moment that’s not possible.”

Reflecting on 50-plus years in the music business, he added: “It’s been a great career. I can’t look through the (Uriah Heep) box set without having a huge smile on my face! To be celebrating my music 50 years on is quite something. We weren’t a hit with the critics but we listened to the people who bought tickets and albums and, unfortunately, the critics ignored them. It just went on and on and on. We pulled together and achieved everything we set out to do. It was a wonderful life and career. My life has been fantastic but it’s not been easy, it was a lot of hard work but when you do what you love best it doesn’t seem like hard work.

My Book of Answers is released on 5th March

Formats – CD/DVD and Vinyl Album with Lyric Book Package

Pre-order the album HERE. 

Ken-Hensley.com

Facebook – officialkenhensley

Twitter – @KenHensleyMusic

Ken Hensley (formerly Uriah Heep) Dies Suddenly

Ken Hensley (formerly Uriah Heep) Dies Suddenly

Ken Hensley photo by Trevor HensleyIt is with great sadness that we announce that Ken Hensley, former Uriah Heep vocalist songwriter and multi-instrumentalist passed away peacefully on 4th November following a very short illness.

Hensley was one of the most important musicians of the past half-a-century. His work with Uriah Heep in the 1970s helped to make the band hugely influential. He also collaborated with bands such as Blackfoot, W.A.S.P. and Cinderella, as well as building a very successful solo career. As a writer he was responsible for such classics as ‘Lady In Black’, ‘Easy Livin”, “July Morning” and ‘Look At Yourself’.

A very spiritual person, Hensley became an inspiration to many and known for encouraging talented artists.

“I am in deep shock at the news Ken Hensley has passed away, and my sincere condolences go to his family and wife Monica. Ken wrote some amazing songs in his tenure with the band, and they will remain a musical legacy that will be in people’s hearts forever. RIP Ken”

MICK BOX – Uriah Heep

Ken had recently finished work on a new project My Book of Answers which is due for release end of February 2021.

He leaves behind a wife Monica and 2 brothers Trevor, Mark and sister Dawn and his close friend and manager Steve Weltman.

We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Ken’s family, friends and many associates from his musical career at this time.

The family ask fans for some space and time to come to terms with the tragic and unexpected loss.