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Continued: Mutifaceted Joe Henry squeezes in a Minneapolis gig

  • Article by: JON BREAM
  • Last update: November 28, 2013 - 9:51 AM

On his most lucrative record: “I’ve never made any money selling my own records,” he said. Henry produced Hugh Laurie’s 2011 album “Let Them Talk,” which has sold more than 1 million copies. His biggest paydays have come from co-writing songs with Madonna — he’s married to her sister, Melanie, with whom he went to high school — including the 2000 hit “Don’t Tell Me.”


On Madonna as an aunt to his children: “She’s fantastic. I’ve known her since I was 15 and she was 17. I’ve sat across from her at the Thanksgiving table. [Not this year, though.] We do share holidays, our families together. I’m keenly aware that I’ve never once tried to press a tape upon her or ask her for a professional favor. When she sees me coming, she knows I’m coming at her as her brother-in-law.”


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