It's always fun to imagine what other roles actors play when they aren't on screen. When iconic actor Meryl Streep isn't impersonating a tone-def opera singer or giving Anne Hathaway a coffee order, she's a wife and a mother of four very talented children. Streep's son, Henry Wolfe Gummer, is the oldest in her artistic brood. While his mother and sisters are busy dominating the box office and fashion runways, the 37-year-old guitarist has been making a name for himself in the music world.
Going by his first and middle name professionally, Wolfe started out in an indie-pop band called Bravo Silva, but eventually struck out on his own, according to the New York Daily News. However, he dabbled in the family business before focusing on songwriting, and studied acting at NYU for two years. "For me, music was more stimulating from day to day," Wolfe told the NYDN. "It was something that I didn't need to be working on a project to practice. I can do it whenever and I get satisfaction from completing songs that I never really got from acting."
The Los Angeles-based musician released his first solo EP in 2009. But his tunes on 2011's Linda Vista album received 3.5/5 stars from Rolling Stone.
Wolfe told Music and Musicians magazine in 2013 that he preferred performing jazz and pop standards due to their simplicity and timelessness. "There is something almost quotidian about the language of those songs," Wolfe said. "They have clear messages that are uncomplicated, easy to understand and yet really profound."
Although he hasn't announced any plans for an upcoming tour, you can check out his latest jams from his 2015 album, Asilomar, on SoundCloud. Despite not following in his mother's footsteps, Wolfe still found a way to collaborate with Streep. His song "Stop the Train" was featured in her film Julie and Julia and he sang "For the Turnstiles" on the Ricki and the Flash soundtrack, according to IMDb. While Streep certainly casts a large and unavoidable shadow for all who follow her, Wolfe has managed to successfully carve out his own melodic niche.