How I got here...
September 11, 2018
Here I am writing from my sickbed with a glorious sinus infection, my dog Toby is keeping me company (rather than eating my socks as he usually does haha!).
Trying to rest up for my exciting gig on Friday, where I get to support one of my dear friends Angie McMahon. Word on the street is that it's sold out, so hopefully you got a ticket and I'll see you there? Angie is very special as I met her during the Telstra Road to Discovery competition back in 2012, and then I was lucky to have her sing at my wedding in 2016. So it will be very cool to now play at her gig here in little old Perth!
In other news, I might share a new track with you soon! As part of my WAM Song of the Year folk win, I got to head to the studio with Chad Blondel. We worked on a song that took me in a slightly different direction. Other than bonding over Varsity Bar burgers, Chad took one of my songs and flipped it on its head. Hopefully you'll love it as much as I do, but let me know if you'd like to hear more!
Lots of love,
August 20, 2018
How's things? Thank you so much to everyone who made it to my Ellington gig last month, I had the best time! Thank you for all singing along and being such a kind and supportive crowd. I tried out a couple of new songs which was scary, but I feel like I'm getting closer to having enough songs for a new recording next year!
My next gig is supporting my dear friend and rising star Angie McMahon at The Rosemount Hotel on September 14. I will be on first, doors at 8pm! Tickets available from this link: Angie Tickets!
Really hope to see you soon <3
April 2nd, 2018
Oh no, the last update was nearly 1 whole year ago - I am a disgrace!
I have been absolutely horrible at updating my website. I was reminded by a lovely man at a gig recently, and to him and anyone else who visits this site - I am sorry!!
I sometimes think that no one ever visits here, but I need to stop being negative and know that some people do occasionally stumble across this!
My next gig is a special one, its at the Rosemount Hotel on May 11, supporting Nashville based Ruby Boots. I'm really looking forward to it, it will be a great night of music. Tickets can be purchased online here: Ruby Boots Ticket Link
In the meantime, I am writing as much as I can to get enough material to make a new recording! The rest of this year will mainly be about writing, but I'm hoping to get the Shanaband back for a gig ASAP, so will keep you in the loop.
Thank you guys and to whoever is reading this - I promise to be better at my website!
Love Helen xx
July 12, 2017
It has been so long since my last post...apologies! Releasing my album did take over for a while!! This wintery weather in Perth has inspired me to do my next cover, 'Rain' by American singer/songwriter Patty Griffin.
I was introduced to her music when I was just out of highschool and fell in love with her album 'Living With Ghosts'. Every song on that record is just Patty and her guitar. It really showed me that you don't need a song with lots of frills - you just need a great voice and melody to deliver a memorable tune.
I heard 'Rain' a few years ago and fell in love with it. 'Rain' was released in 2002 on her album '1000 Kisses'.
As always, sorry for not being a great videographer haha but thank you to Matt Allen for helping me get this video together (both our laptops are from the stone age..it's a miracle this actually worked!!)
Enjoy, and also thank you to everyone who has supported my latest release! I couldn't do it without you!
March 9th, 2017
I said in my first post that I would be using this blog to share some videos that gave an insight into ‘how I got here’…the songs that helped shape me into who I am today.
Seeing as yesterday was International Women's Day, I thought what better way to start this off by singing a song by my favorite female singer/songwriter: Joni Mitchell.
There aren’t really enough words to say about this woman. She is bold and courageous in her writing and always stays true to herself. This honesty and rawness is what attracted me to her music. I love how she used interesting chords and different tunings, she experimented with different styles over the years yet always remained 100% Joni.
Thank you Joni for this perfect song, I haven’t done it half as well as you but thank you for inspiring millions of singer/songwriters around the world!