Magazine article Variety

Brian Tyree Henry 'Music Speaks for Me When I Can't Speak for Myself'

Magazine article Variety

Brian Tyree Henry 'Music Speaks for Me When I Can't Speak for Myself'

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If you want to elicit a strong reaction from actor Brian Tyree Henry, play "Smokin' Room" by Chaka Khan - the song moves him to tears during our interview ("I wish I could tell you why, but it just does"). Henry stars as rapper Alfred "Paper Boi " Miles in "Atlanta" and won an Emmy for an episode of "This Is Us" in which he performed "We Can Always Come Back to This." He's now on Broadway in "Lobby Hero."

How did you first become involved with music?

When I was in marching band. My school had the dopest arts program - the dopest show choir, the dopest marching band. I couldn't sing or play an instrument a lick, but I was just going to fake it till I make it.

And singing?

I've discovered people in my lifetime who are like, "I always wanted to sing but ..." It's like, well then did you try? My thing was always not caring about failure. When people ask me, "Are you a singer?" I say, "No, I'm not a 'singer' - but I love the craft of singing," going in and finding out what that means or why the hell I'm singing in the first place. …

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