George Ensle (pronounced Enslee) is a veteran Singer/Songwriter who began his career in Houston in 1967 sharing stages with legends Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Billy Joe Shaver. He pens his own brand of StorySongs, powerfully crafted and played with his unique finger picking style on his vintage Martin D-35 and Fender Resonator guitar.
He is celebrating 50 years as a performing songwriter and in February 2017 was inducted into the Houston Folk Music Archives at Rice University.
He has won numerous songwriting awards, been awarded Government grants to teach children through the Artist in the Schools program, and released albums and CDs in the US and Europe, including a Movie–in-Song CD, “Small Town Sundown”, based on his original story, which he performs as a one man “Songplay.”
George is the originator and songwriting director of PortraitSongs, a custom songwriting service designed to pay tribute and honor loved ones by “Giving them Their Own Song.”
He teaches songwriting workshops on the creative process and the crafting aspect of songwriting, in individual one on one and group sessions.
George is a Song Painter. He paints stories. Sometimes he uses broad strokes to paint hilltop sunsets, and tree-lined rivers, and sometimes he paints with fine detail the portraits of everyday people you feel like you know. Real characters like Uncle Jack, who is a young boy’s hero, tucking him in on a Summer Saturday night. Characters like the housewife who dances across her kitchen to a golden oldie, the Circuit Preacher down by the riverside, the widow across the street in her state of Grace, the Mother who sings her children to sleep beneath a third world moon, Grandma in her apron and Grandpa in his vest, the homeless vet, the single Mom, the old character who runs the small town Icehouse, the aging cowboy with his hired hands, the family farmer with his shining eyes, the Troubadour as ragged as the wind and yet pure as the snow…
George feels your musical journey should be an uplifting one, so he paints portraits with compassion mixed with a healthy dose of wit and wisdom.
He paints real characters making it in the real world.