Helen Austin

Helen Austin

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Prolific, alternative folk/pop female singer/songwriter with a sound that is a cross between Ingrid Michaelson and Iron & Wine.

Female Songwriter and Artist of the Year 2011
Vancouver Island Music Awards

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Biography

John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner 2012
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.

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 now getting regularly licensed in Network TV shows such as '90210', 'One Tree Hill' and 'Ghost Whisperer', along with many MTV shows and ads, including a European Nivea ad campaign.

"From hearing her material, I would want to see her live, buy a shirt and become part of her base community. She doesn't need a record label, she just needs to keep building what she's building and they will come..... "

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'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

From April 2009 Helen wrote, produced and uploaded a new song each week onto her website as a free download. Thirteen of those songs are on her album, 'Song of the Week' which was nominated for 5 Vancouver Island Music Awards of which she won two. She was also a top 10 international finalist for the Mountain Stage Newsong competition, has been nominated for several Hollywood Music Media Award and was a John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner.

"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"

Helen has several self produced album releases and has a new kid's album out this year. She has also just finished working on a new album with renowned producer, Bleu in LA, which will be out in 2013.

"Every track on this project represents the awesomeness that is Helen Austin the
artist, musician and songwriter." - I Am Entertainment Magazine

Lyrics

Ordinary Girl

Written By: Helen Austin

Sing a little louder so I can sing along
Sing a little clear, I'll get to know your song
Sing a little hey yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh

Talk a little longer so i can stay to hear
Talk a little quieter so I have to get so near
Talk a little hey yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh

Ch
I'm just an ordinary girl waiting to see if
You're just an ordinary boy waiting for me

Get a little closer so i can feel your breath
Get a little nearer but don't quite kiss me yet
get a little hey yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh

Ch

Bridge
But you know I'm not the kind of girl who makes
a move but you can't fight the flow
It's just the way it's gonna be

Fall a little farther so it's not just me on the floor
Fall a little harder so I can fall some more
Fall a little hey yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh

Ch
I'm not just an ordinary girl just wait and see
You're not just an ordinary boy
You've got me

Sing a little hey yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh
Talk a little hey yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh
Get a little hey yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh
Hey yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh

When We Were Young

Written By: Helen Austin

Back in 87
Back when life was small
Oh I always knew
When we were young

Questions went unanswered
Doubts were pushed aside
'Cause we always knew
When we were young

Honestly, we could see
Everything was clear
Nothing ever bothered me
That's how it appeared

Rides in cars and beer cans
Seemed to just roll by
'Cause we always knew
When we were young

Making out behind the school
Making out we're fine
'Cause we always knew
When we were young

Honestly, we could see
Everything was clear
Nothing ever bothered me
That's how it appeared

Try to get that feeling
Of knowing what to do
'Cause we always knew
When we were young
Yes we always knew
When we were young
Oh we always knew
When we were young
When we were young
When we were young

All The Letters

Written By: Helen Austin

A is for are you ready to find me
B is for boy let's go
C is for can I see you again and
D is for don't say know
E is for everyday that I'm with you
F is for falling fast
G is for got to get you to see that I know it's gonna last

Ch
All the way to you
All the letters I've been through

His for how you really feel about me
I really need to know
J is for just how long can I wait and
'Kay now come on let's go
L is for love you i really love you
M is for more than I can say
N is for no more messing around
Oh what lovely day

Ch

Ch

P is for please will you stay forever
Q is for quite a day
R is for really finding the one and
S is for say you'll stay
T is for time and U is for us and
V is for very long
We will explore this zone that we're in and
We'll keep singing this song
We'll keep singing this song
We'll keep singing this song

So I Sing To You

Written By: Helen Austin

All alone I'm sitting in the park and
You know you really left your mark on me
On me

It's not that I knew you very well but
You had that look and I could tell you see
You see

Chorus
You didn't even know my name
But I loved you just the same
You didn't even know I knew
What else could I do
So I sing to you
I sing to you

On the TV or a magazine
You had a way of stealing every scene
I cried the day you died

Now every channel that I turn to
Talks about how you never learned to say no
You should have said no

Chorus

So I sing to you

Chorus

All alone I'm sitting in the park
I'm still here it's getting really dark
I should go
I should go
But I wanna sing to you
Sing to you
So I sing to you

One Eye On The Door

Written By: Helen Austin

I try real hard to smile
My words are not so sure
Got one eye on the time, one eye on the door
I can't fake a thing and lyings not my style
It's hard to hide away what I've been feeling for a while

I long to feel the force of fresh people in my face
I long to see the day when somebody takes my place
My words feel so clear they get lost when you translate
Instead of hearing I have to go you hear me hesitate

Chorus
There's no soul
There's no soul
There's no soul inside these lines
There's no soul

Loving you by numbers
Feelings by the book
I don't think you understand i need a second look
You try to real me in and have me under your control
You can cage my body but you can't lock up my soul

Chorus

Is it how we're raised or is it how we're born
I try to take a different path but this one feels so worn
Making changes making plans will only leave a stain
And the marks you left upon me can't be washed up by the rain

Chorus

I try real hard to smile
My words are not sure sure
Got one eye on the time, one eye on the door
One eye on the time, one eye on the door
One eye on the time, one eye on the door

Take Me Away

Written By: Helen Austin

Take me away, take me anywhere
Take me today, I don't really care
Who, why or when now and then
I just gotta get out

Give me a break, give me anything
All I can take doesn't mean a thing
I'll say again now and then I just gotta get out

Ch
A day to be
A day for me

We all have a time when we need to go
Everything's fine but it's fine to go
Out and about and I doubt
That I'll be very long

So what do you say will you come with me
How about today, in the sun we'll bee
Out and about we can shout
As we're singing this song

Ch

Lalalalalalal

Ch

Take me away, take me anywhere
Take me today, I don't really care
Who, why or when now and then
I just gotta get out
Who, why or when now and then
I just gotta get out
Who, why or when now and then
I just gotta get out

Fall Apart

Written By: Helen Austin

Hold on you don't, don't let it show
You smile so no, no one can know
When you close the door you fall apart

You're tired, broken down, you've not been yourself
Your quiet retreat's not good for your health
When you finally speak you fall apart
You fall apart

Ch
I know it's not been easy on you
And I really do feel for you
I can't help if you won't let me see

You say you're fine, I see through the lies
Your smile doesn't reach, reach to your eyes
When you finally breath you fall apart
You fall apart

Ch

Hold on one day you're going to implode
You carry around this heavy load
When you set it down you'll fall apart
You'll fall apart
You need to fall apart
You fall apart.

All The Letters

Written By: Helen Austin

All The letters

A is for are you ready to find me
B is for boy let's go
C is for can I see you again and
D is for don't say know
E is for everyday that I'm with you
F is for falling fast
G is for got to get you to see that I know it's gonna last

Ch
All the way to you
All the letters I've been through

His for how you really feel about me
I really need to know
J is for just how long can I wait and
'Kay now come on let's go
L is for love you i really love you
M is for more than I can say
N is for no more messing around
Oh what lovely day

Ch

Ch

P is for please will you stay forever
Q is for quite a day
R is for really finding the one and
S is for say you'll stay
T is for time and U is for us and
V is for very long
We will explore this zone that we're in and
We'll keep singing this song
We'll keep singing this song
We'll keep singing this song

Discography

2012 - "Always Be A Unicorn" LP

2011 - "Song of the Week 2" LP

2011 - "Treehouse" LP

2010 - 'Song of the Week' LP

2009 - "Home' LP compliation - 'No Plans'

2009 - "Perfect Girl" EP

2009 - "One Eye On The Door" LP

2007 - "Things You can't Undo" LP

2005 - "Music For Hope" EP - Relay For Life

2004 - "Cumberland Christmas Album' LP compliation- 'Wishing'

2001 - "Release Candidate One" LP with Smithers

1999 - "Today" LP

Set List

My sets are usually in 45 minute chunks and are mainly originals (depending on how many sets I am performing). The covers I chose are an interesting mix of popular (recent & past) and obscure.