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JUNO Award Winner 2014
John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner, Lennon Award Winner 2012 and Song of the Year Winner with Paul Otten 2013
Canadian Folk Music Award Winner 2013
International Songwriting Competition 1st place Winner 2012 & 2013 (folk and Children's categories)
Western Canadian Music Awards Winner 2014
Female Songwriter and Artist of the Year - Vancouver Island Music Awards 2011
Helen Austin is a prolific singer/songwriter from the UK now living on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
She is no stranger to the stage and has worked as a professional performer for over 20 years. After her previous life as an award winning stand-up comedian, she brings her quirky humour to her musical performances, as well as the ability to tug at your heart strings with her more serious songs.
"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
With her self-produced music videos getting over a million viewers online, she has been earning accolades and acquiring fans from around the world. Her music is regularly licensed in Network TV shows such as '90210', 'One Tree Hill' and 'Cedar Cove', along with many MTV shows and ads, including a European Nivea and Dawn Dish Soap commercial
"It's truly a masterpiece because songs like, "Tree house," "Brand New Start" and most of the other songs on her albums are ingeniously creative." - MV Remix
Helen has written music and lyrics for specific occasions such as her song "Relay", written to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life event, which is now played at Relay events all over the world. She also donated a song for the Helping Hearts website, an organization that helps families with sick children.
"Helen has a beautiful distinct voice and that will always open doors for her all on its own. She reminds me a bit of a female Elliott Smith or Paul Simon" - Women of Substance Radio
Helen has several self produced album releases, the latest of which is her second children's album, 'Colour It' which won the JUNO Award. Helen's main focus is the band, Big Little Lions which she formed with with Cincinnati's Paul Otten. They have several release including their debut album, A Little Frayed, A Little Torn, which is nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.
Helen is a regular performer and MC at Vancouver Island Musicfest as well as many other music festivals.
"Every track on this project represents the awesomeness that is Helen Austin the
artist, musician and songwriter." - I Am Entertainment Magazine
Official website - http://www.helenaustin.com/
Like on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Helen-Austin/53627329626
Follow at twitter - http://twitter.com/helenaustin
Watch on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/heleneaustin
Read her blog - http://helenaustin.wordpress.com/