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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant
Born (1953-11-11) November 11, 1953
Stockton, California
Genres cross-genre, jazz, blues
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments harp, electric harp, voice
Years active 1985 - present
Associated acts Story of Light Band
Website Official website
Deborah Henson-Conant on Facebook
Deborah Henson-Conant on Twitter
Notable instruments
DHC Bluelight electric harp[1]

Deborah Henson-Conant (born November 11, 1953 in Stockton, California) is an American harpist and composer. Nicknamed "the Hip Harpist", she is known for her flamboyant stage presence and her innovation with electric harps.[1]


  • Career 1
  • Discography 2
    • Albums 2.1
    • Compilation appearances 2.2
  • Videography 3
  • Reception 4
  • Instruments 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Deborah Henson-Conant describes her music as "cross-genre: jazz-pop-comedy-folk-blues-flamenco-celtic". Deborah performs one-person shows in theaters, concert halls and festivals; and she does original music and theatre shows with symphony orchestras. Her performances mix music with theatrical and story elements. She orchestrates all her own music when she plays with symphony and often engages symphonic musicians in unexpected ways.[2] She states that her career objectives include a desire to reevaluate misconceptions and underestimations of the harp instrument, of the stage medium, and of the self.[3]

The soundtrack of her 2006 DVD Invention & Alchemy, received a Grammy nomination, and the video version began broadcast on American public television in 2007.[4] Her performance series Inviting Invention (2006) presents a series of "performance explorations" that includes both musical and non-musical guests collaborating onstage with Henson-Conant.

In 2012, she joined Steve Vai's band for his 2012 tour and album, The Story of Light.[5][6][7] In October 2013, Henson-Conant performed and represented the United States at the 7th annual World Harp Festival, in Asunción, Paraguay.



  • The Story of Light (2012)
  • Invention and Alchemy (2006)
  • Artists Proof Ltd Edition Version 2.1 (2004)
  • The Frog Princess (2000)
  • The Celtic Album (1998)
  • Altered Ego (1998)
  • Just For You (1995)
  • The Gift (1995)
  • 'Round the Corner (1993)
  • Naked Music (1994)
  • Budapest (1992)
  • Talking Hands (1991)
  • Caught in the Act (1990)
  • On The Rise (1989)
  • Songs My Mother Sang (1985)

Compilation appearances

  • New Age Music & New Sounds Vol. 67 - "Liberty"


  • Invention and Alchemy (2006)


The soundtrack of her 2006 DVD Invention & Alchemy, received a Grammy nomination.[4] The Daily News Online said that she has a "harp show like none other", featuring her "big, brassy voice".[8]


Henson-Conant plays electric harps of various kinds, but primarily plays Camac Harps.[9] The Camac DHC Light Blue electric harp was named after her.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "DHC Bluelight". Camac. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Henson-Conant, Deborah (May 3, 2007). "Hip Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant Defies Categorization and Transforms Ancient Instrument" (Press release). Boston: PR Newswire. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Henson-Conant, Deborah (December 14, 2012). Q&A with Legendary Electric-Rock Harpist: Deborah Henson-Conant. Interview with Caleb Hsu. The Berklee Groove. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Hip harpist returns to Maine roots". Lewiston/Auburn, Maine: Sun Journal. June 23, 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2013. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Review: Steve Vai – The Story Of Light". July 5, 2012. The harpist is Deborah Henson-Conant and will be touring as part of Vai’s band supporting the release of this album later this year. 
  6. ^ a b Vai, Steve (October 1, 2012). "Interview: Steve Vai talks about The Story Of Light live show". Joe Bosso. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ Henson-Conant, Deborah (May 3, 2012). "I’m Gonna be in a Rock Band!". Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Deborah Henson-Conant brings harp show like none other to Longview". February 15, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Henson-Conant, Deborah. Deborah Henson-Conant Interview. Interview with Smitty. Jazz Monthly. Jazz Monthly Feature Interview. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Deborah Henson-Conant on Facebook
  • Deborah Henson-Conant on Twitter
  • Deborah Henson-Conant Hip Harp tour, 2012 video clip on YouTube
  • Invention & Alchemy DVD & CD Project Website
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