Hank Grant, born Feb. 22, 1971, in Jonesboro, Arkansas was the youngest of three with two older sisters (Theresa and Tabatha)
When Hank was twelve, his mother bought an organ for the family home. Her love of music and family, brought hours and love, entertainment and family together. Singing and playing in the evenings after dinner...or just gathering in the family room on a weekend afternoon to reminisce and harmonize at the request of anyone in the family. A prodigy was in the making.
His first performance was in front of his junior high school classmates and faculty, and admittedly, he was "so scared". However, his performance went so well that he was, in his own words, "addicted".
He began performing at all kinds of school activities such as basketball games, football games, and other events, while taking the most pride in being asked to sing the National Anthem.
It was during this time that he began entering local vocal contests, where he soon earned statewide recognition for his performance of "God Bless the U.S.A.", by Lee Greenwood.
Hank formed a band in 1992 called Wild West. They found themselves being invited to gigs all over Oklahoma.
Hank's life, again, began to become riddled with challenges. He lost his life-long friend Charles Fink, to suicide, only to be followed by his mother's passing away just two months later.
The positive? While working as a police officer in Hennessey, Hank met songwriter, Bill Hail. With Hail mentoring Hank in the ability to song write, the two soon found themselves teamed up with Hail's friend, and fellow co-writer, Dave Younger.
Leaving law enforcement, Hank set out on a new beginning. Aimlessly somewhat, but providing for his children, and searching for the will in which God, and his mother, had blessed him.
He began welding in the oil fields of Texas and Oklahoma, perhaps refining a new trade that would provide him a bus ticket to his new destiny and home.
Now a single parent, with nothing to lose, it was 2005 when Nashville called his name, once again. He made the journey to the city and established his own welding business as backup and income.
With an army of songs that he, Hail and Younger had written, he teamed up with other great songwriters in Nashville such as Craig Wiseman, Hank Cochran, Mark Dreyer, Jerry Earl Laseter, Timothy Don Johnson, and James Dean Hicks. With Hail willing to invest, Hank went into the studio to record his first album "Bible and a Bus Ticket Home", produced by Dreyer and Hail.
With the new album at hand, Hank finds himself performing locally around the Nashville country music scene. He has teamed up with his best friend, become manager, Monty Bailey (mbentertainment), an endeavor that Bailey considers, "an honor".
(Quote by: Monty Bailey) "The first time I heard this guy sing was a little over two years ago, and I think he had barely hit town at the time", said Bailey. By the time he sang the second verse of his song I was hooked!" (laughs). "He walked off the stage and I said, I gotta meet this guy." The rest is history.
It's no secret that Hank and his mother, Marsha, had a very close relationship. Mother and son. Best friends. As he performs his title cut, "A Bible and a Bus Ticket Home", there is certainly reminiscence of the first day he left home in RedRock, Oklahoma and all that is beheld since that day.
God Bless our troops.
God Bless America.
God Bless Mama