September 21, 2019
Wow, look at me go! 2 entires in a month? Who am I? Someone who probably has too much time on my hands...haha! If you are reading this, then thank you!
I had my single launch at 'The Finsbury' last week. It was a truly amazing night. It was my first full band gig in London, and the room was filled with a wonderful supportive crowd. I couldn't have asked for anything more! Thank you, if you were there! We gathered to celebrate my newest single 'Unborn'. I wanted to talk a little bit about the meaning behind it.
Growing up in Perth, Australia, I have been truly blessed. We have such pristine beaches, the air is clean, and overall we do a pretty good job at picking up our rubbish. I had been thinking for some time though, that I wanted to broaden my horizons and try living in a different city. Living in London has always been a dream of mine! I have always felt so happy here, looking at all the old buildings and the shows on West End- there are endless opportunities and things to do and see. I am living near the green 'Battersea Park' which is so big and beautiful. There are plenty of amazing parks here, it's like what the beach is to an Australian I think!
The only thing that struck me after living here for a few months, is the constant litter and pollution. I guess that comes with living in one of the biggest cities in the world. It just showed me how lucky I was to have lived in such a clean city, and how I may have taken it for granted. I watched as my dog Toby ate old chicken bones tossed on the sidewalk and ran for the open plastic bags lining the streets - but it was a turning point when we found him vomiting glass, which may have been hidden inside something he got off the footpath. I found myself picking up rubbish in his doggy bag, it was just mind blowing how people didn't seem to care.
It made me concerned that people are still not worrying about the state of our planet. That we are living for us now, but not for the future generations. I don't want to preach, I just want to say how worried I am that this is not being treated as seriously as it should be. We are in the sixth massive extinction. I really want to have a family of my own, but I don't know what the future will look like. It was heartening yesterday to see the #ClimateStrike in London. I got emotional as I saw the young children with their signs, and it did give me some hope for the future. Greta Thunberg is leading the way, and she is so brave to stand up to the governments of the world and state the sad, but true facts.
I also listen to my favourite podcast 'Better Than Yesterday' by Osher Günsberg. He's definitely more than your "Bachelor" TV host!! I highly recommend this podcast if you want more insight into the climate crisis, and ways to deal with any anxiety you may be feeling.
I hope this movement will change the current leaders policies, and help us start living for not only us, but our #unborn. If you resonate with this song, please share it - and maybe you can change the way someone thinks about how they're treating the world.
September 11, 2019
I hope this update finds you well. Things have been wonderful here in London.
I've been playing a few gigs here and there, I've been lucky enough to start a residency at 'The Chelsea Corner' which has the best Italian food, and most amazing staff. I usually play 7.30-10.30pm while you enjoy your Friday night wine and pasta! I also joined my good friend Angie McMahon for her gig in Dublin, and we had such a lovely response. Thank you to everyone to listened to us!
I recently I had the chance to work with London producer Sue McMillan. She helped bring my new song 'Unborn' to life - and I'm so excited to be playing my very first band gig to celebrate it tomorrow night at The Finsbury. I have a London edition of 'The Shanaband', and entry is free! The song will be released on all streaming platforms on Friday 13th September. I'll make sure I do a post on here too - for all you following at home...
Thank you so much again for all your support - it means the world.
How I got here...
May 17, 2019
Today it's a bit of a grey day in London (I guess that's to be expected, although we have been having some lovely sunny days!!). Today I went to Australia House to cast my vote in the latest election, it was exciting on two levels 1) got to exercise my right to have a say on who leads our government 2) got to see GRINGOTTS (all Harry Potter fans know what I'm talking about haha).
Just checking in about my musical happenings over here. I got a little reminder on my Facebook memories that it has been 10 years since I released my first EP "Girl in Love". I remember the moment that I decided to pursue music as a career. I felt almost ashamed to tell anyone, as it made me feel guilty like I had some kind of crazy ambition that was too unrealistic and not 'the norm'. I have to say, its definitely not 'the norm', but it's been a wonderful journey full of highs and lows. Sometimes it feels like there are more lows, sometimes it's an endless battle to prove yourself and fight for your music in a world where there are so many others trying to do the same thing. London is certainly overwhelming on that level; the amount of people here is mind boggling, I'm definitely starting from scratch here and back where I started - open mic nights! There's such a great sense of community however, and although it can be hard, I need to stay positive and know that this is the right path. After getting another knock back this morning (I was waiting to hear back about a grant that would help me record over here), it made me a bit disappointed, but then I remembered that nothing good is meant to be easy.Hopefully the more I keep working and opening myself up to new opportunities, things will fall into place. I've really had to start believing in myself and vouching for me, something that's not an easy task for any artist (we're a doubtful bunch!). Anyway, it made me think back to when I first started at Mojos open mic, clutching for dear life at the microphone and taking that first step. Although I'm not as terrified, I'm still scared - but at least I know I can get through it and have everyone back home supporting me. I wanted to repost this song I wrote called 'Roll On'. I did write it with the music industry in mind, and to let things roll off you and stick to your own guns. I hope that resonates with someone today.
Lots of love,
May 6, 2019
I'm writing to you all after watching the latest GoT episode - any fans out there as stressed as I am??
If you need some calming tunes, I'm excited to play my first showcase gig here on Thursday May 23! I'll be singing at a place called 'SO.UK' in Clapham. I'd love to see you if you're around? Matt and I will be in duo form from 9pm!
Would love to see you there! x
April 26, 2019
I hope you all had a lovely Easter break! I was lucky enough to drive to Wales with a few friends (and Toby the dog too!).
We stayed at a beautiful cottage in Brecon Beacons. There was rolling green hills and Sheep aplenty.
I wrote a song back in 2017 about the Scottish Highlands, and upon reaching the cottage I felt like the song described this landscape too. So Matt got out his camera and filmed a live video of 'It Goes For Miles".
I hope you enjoy!
April 11, 2019
Greetings from London, UK!
Just over a week ago, my husband Matt (who you would have met singing with me on stage), myself and my dog Toby made the big move to London! We have been here at least five times before and fell in love with the city. We thought we'd take the plunge and see if we could spread our love of music here, hopefully we will be able to line up some gigs soon! So far we've just been getting our bearings, we're near the beautiful 'Battersea Park' so have had some amazing walks- Toby has met countless British dogs.
I hope you can stay on this journey with me! I will let you know as soon as I am playing live here, and of course I'm going to keep writing new songs. Hopefully the grey skies can inspire something!!
Lots of love,
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!