Hank Bentley grew up in Dallas, TX and has always been drawn to all genres of music. As a child, he started piano at 5, picked up guitar at 13 and songwriting followed soon after that. He married at 19, and studied Engineering at Texas Tech. He left school early to begin his music career playing guitar with an Indie rock band. He's made a name for himself as one of the most in demand touring and studio guitar players in Christian music before shifting his focus to writing and producing. “Music is something that I just can’t escape a love for,” he says “I’ve done other things, but I can’t shake the desire to make music. It’s completely mesmerizing to me.”
With influences ranging from Radiohead to Rich Mullins, Brahms to Bon Iver he’s equally inspired by great music and great lyrics. Daniel Lanois may be his biggest influence musically Bentley states... “Lanois combines organic and progressive sounds in a way that still feels human and raw but also new. The result has always been compelling to me.” When asked about Rich Mullin’s lyrics, he responded with this…. “His lyrics shaped a lot of the ways that I thought (and still think) about God. I was drawn to the sincerity of his writing…even as a child, when I didn’t know and wouldn’t have understood his struggles, I felt the weight, beauty and longing in his songs that captured the dichotomy of life on earth as a fractured human with the spirit of God inside of us."
As a writer, Bentley loves collaborating. He’s co-written songs with many of the industry’s biggest artists including, Crowder, Lauren Daigle, Bethel, Jesus Culture, and Matt Maher. He co-wrote Lauren Daigle’s “First” which reached Number 1 at radio and was nominated for Song of the Year at both the Dove Awards and K-LOVE Fan Awards as well Crowder's “My Victory” which was just nominated for Worship Song of the Year. He’s also been gaining traction as a Producer having worked with Laura Story, Micah Tyler, and Crowder on his Grammy nominated American Prodigal record. Bentley is one of the industry’s top up and coming Producers and Songwriters who has a bright future ahead of him.
When not writing, touring, or producing, Bentley spends his time at home in Nashville, TN with his wife of 15 years, four young children, and two Newfoundland dogs. He and his wife are also passionate about real estate and design. They recently bought a foreclosure that they completely remodeled using his design, and they hope to take on more renovation projects together in the future. A creative through and through, Bentley’s desire to write music is seemingly never ending. He says “Creating is the natural way I respond to the goodness I’m experiencing from God.”