After years of writing songs while making a living as a musical stand-up comedian, Helen Austin's move to Canada in 2002 was the catalyst for her musical career.
Ten years and six albums later, Helen is a prolific songwriter with over 70 TV, movie and ad placements, awards and competition wins under belt including a JUNO, a Canadian Folk Music Award and the top John Lennon Songwriting Contest Prize of Song of the Year.
"Helen's words and notes are real in the way the best moments in life are real, and she is sincere in every phrase without losing one precious moment of quirkiness." - Indie Music Reviewer Magazine
Helen brings her quirky humour to her music, as well as the ability to tug at your heart strings with her more serious songs and her melodies stay in your head long after you have heard them.
"Every track on this project represents the awesomeness that is Helen Austin the artist, musician and songwriter." - I Am Entertainment Magazine
Helen's focus is now on her band, Big Little Lions, with Paul Otten who produced much of her JUNO winning album.
Music has always been a large part of Helen's life. She started as a classical musician, playing the flute at a national level and reaching the quarter finals of UK's Young Musician of the Year. So, apart from briefly singing in a band called Action Man Not Included (don't ask), Helen spent most of her time playing classical music. But it was her move to Middlesex University, London, UK where she was able to expand into the world of popular music.
"As an artist, she works hard to create songs that speak to and inspire others. She has also dedicated much of her time to supporting and encouraging other songwriters." - CV Arts and Culture Awards Ceremony
Helen spent 20 years performing as a musical stand-up comedian, regularly headlining the Comedy Store in London, the most prestigious comedy club in Europe. But throughout her comedy career Helen wrote and sung original compositions on the side and spent a couple of years fronting a band, Smithers, playing venues in London such as The Dublin Castle and Dingwalls, Camden and recording their album, Release Candidate One. But it was her move to Vancouver Island in Canada where she was finally able to make it her main focus.
“Her ability to bring new, original songs right to the heart of her listeners has inspired many. She keeps us wanting more!”
Comox Valley Community Arts Council.
Since her move in 2002, Helen has won many awards including a JUNO Award, a Canadian Folk Music Award and The John Lennon Songwriting Competition's Song of the Year, she plays many festivals and is a regular at Vancouver Island Musicfest, and plays many gigs in her local community.
In 2008 Helen branched out into the world of music licensing and has had over 70 synch placements on ads, TV and movies.
"Smart, eclectic, unique, catchy, inspired, and simply wonderful. The music was Impressive! Brilliantly arranged! Brilliantly delivered!”