Anne-Marie Helder

Anne-Marie Helder

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Anne-Marie Helder's commanding voice has become her calling card. "Combining the intensity of Jeff Buckley and the passion of Kate Bush,"she is stunning and breathtakingly expressive. Anne-Marie's vocals and instumentals garner the high praise of fans and fellow players alike.

Biography

Within days of the 2004 release of her debut solo CD, 'The Contact', singer-songwriter Anne-Marie Helder received international recognition as one of rock and roll's new shining lights, its significant storytellers; with critics struggling for descriptions that appear inadequate to express the depth and range of her astonishing music and her compelling voice.

The comparisons are to the great legends; extraordinary and exciting narrators with passionate vision, and those who possess stunningly distinctive voices . The list is as impressive, eclectic, and strikingly varied as Anne’s music: Jeff Buckley, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Alanis Morissette, Sam Brown, Eva Cassidy, Michelle Branch, Annie Lenox, Natalie Merchant, PJ Harvey and Sarah Maclachlan, to name but a few...

Blood Red Sky, despite a six and a half minute length, has received extensive airplay around the world. This poignant piece was inspired by a famous double murder in the East of England called the Soham Killings.

Far from new to the rock scene, the UK born Helder received critical acclaim for her work with progressive rock supergroup Karnataka, augmenting the band with the intensity of her vocals, flute, and interplay with singer Rachel Jones.
Delicate Flame of Desire, the 2001 release from the band, won Best Album of the Year Honors from Britain’s Classic Rock Society, and international applause and attention. A double album followed, and two live DVD performances from a global tour that included the UK and the US.

Anne-Marie was a co-founder of Welsh-based band TigerDragon, which evolved from an acoustic three piece to a full-fledged rock band and recorded two albums. This was among a rich plethora of bands she played & sang with during her real musical 'apprenticeship' in the UK.

Classically trained, Anne has been influenced by a wide range of styles and has lent her voice, guitars, flutes, keyboards and percussions to a wide range of albums, live gigs and sessions; to work with musicians known for jazz, rock, folk and funk.

Relentlessly hard-working and a gripping live performer, Anne performs regularly in the UK and thoughout 2005 performed no less than 150 live shows across the isle... So far in 2006 her intensive touring has also taken her across to Europe as official support for Scottish rock legend Fish.

For 2006 and beyond, Anne will adding dates in the US, Europe and Asia as her growing fan base clamor to experience her extraordinary voice live, and be among the first to hear her wealth of new material.
That work draws on the drama of life: joy, tragedy, birth and death, love and loss, the world and beyond... and reflects the layers of emotion that have defined and redefined her life and world.

Anne is constantly writing the powerful and dramatic music that reflects these shifting paradigms and gives striking voice to a new generation.

The Contact also features the guitar work of UK star Dave Kilminster and the bass of Adam Pain. Kilminster recorded the album and, with Helder and Pain, shares production credit.

The next album from Anne-Marie Helder is due in the fall of 2006. Featuring more of her commanding vocals and diverse writing, she anticipates being backed by a full-scale rock band. Currently, fans have the opportunity to witness Anne-Marie as an intimate performer, strumming guitars, playing keyboards and flute, and using her astounding voice as a passionate instrument.
In 2006/7, the “little red rock chick” will emerge on tour with full band and expects to retain the emotion and intimacy of her material while adding the texture, theatre, and layers of a multi-instrument approach.

She continues to collaborate with Kilminster, plus her former Karnataka band mates, and others, contributing her inimitable vocals and playing a wide range of instruments. Expect to hear her on a series of new releases slated for 2006. First up is likely to be Scarlet, Kilminster’s highly anticipated rock and roll album, slated for release in mid-2005.

Find out more about Anne-Marie Helder at www.annemariehelder.com, plus www.myspace.com/annemariehelder.
You can order The Contact from the site and keep posted on tour dates. Write amhcontact@aol.com to join the periodic Fanzine and Newsletter that keeps the world updated on Anne’s activities.

Lyrics

Blood Red Sky

Written By: Anne-Marie Helder

Blood Red Sky

Blood Red Sky... it is rare in the dawn

& None can sleep... pulling threads from the tapestry

Ffiteen days she has gone

Every hour feeds from your soul

This house is cold

And in the fields their dogs howl...

~ WHICH WAY WILL YOU GO

BEHIND THE THIN VEIL OF SANITY?

THE DOORS ARE OPEN WIDE

AND YOU CAN SCREAM ON THROUGH

WHICH WAY WILL YOU GO?

WILL YOU KNOCK, KNOCK ON HEAVEN'S DOOR?

OR DO THE ANSWERS HIDE IN THE DARKNESS ~

Bitterness, Violence, Hate and Retribution

All of the facade hides your charred and scarred

Heart, you know it ; Heart you know it

Christian Love, Agape, Peace and Absolution

..But can you really mean to let this

Beast walk free?

~ WHICH WAY WILL YOU GO

BEHIND THE THIN VEIL OF SANITY?

THE DOORS ARE OPEN WIDE

AND YOU CAN SCREAM ON THROUGH

WHICH WAY WILL YOU GO?

WILL YOU KNOCK, KNOCK ON HEAVEN'S DOOR?

OR DO THE ANSWERS HIDE IN THE DARKNESS ~

...Or do you walk the middle road where the air is so clear

And the orphaned parents never cry

And no tears will fall

Like petals on the grave

Petals on the grave

Petals on the Grave

Petals on the Grave

~

Which way will you go? Which way will you go?

Bitterness, Violence, Hate and Retribution

Christian Love, Agape, Peace and Absolution

Which way will you go? Which way will you go?...

Exodus

Written By: Anne-Marie Helder

Exodus

Didn't want to leave in the summer

As the sun started to smile

And the lovers played their games

I want you...

To be happy

You have so much to give

The Eastern sky holds its promise

But the little things you say,

And the little things you do

Remind me...

I CAN'T FUNCTION WITHOUT YOU, NO...

I CAN'T FUNCTION AT ALL

And the little things you say

And the little things you do

Remind me

~

Always seems the right time...

But are your reasons good enough?

'Cos the river flows surely to the Ocean

And the little things you say,

And the little things you do

Remind me...

I CAN'T FUNCTION WITHOUT YOU, NO...

I CAN'T FUNCTION AT ALL

I CAN'T FUNCTION WITHOUT YOU, MY LOVE

I CAN'T FUNCTION AT ALL

And the little things you say,

And the little things you do

And the colours that we made

And the memories we played

Remind me...

Remind me...

Remind me...

~*~

No Other Lover

Written By: Anne-Marie Helder

No Other Lover

I love it when you're as grand as a mountain

And I feel your strength against me, within me

No other lover can take me, you make me yours for eternity...

I delight when you're soft as a baby

And I feel you curled beside me, around me

No other lover has known me

You've shown me how to love

And who I am

WITH YOUR TOUCH

I FEEL LIKE I'M ON AMPHETAMINE

IT'S TOO MUCH

MY SENSITIVITY SOARS IN ME

& IT IS SUCH

THAT THE BLACK STARS SURROUND ME...

AND I HOLD YOUR HAND AND WE ARE LOST IN THEM TOGETHER...

My heart stops when I see you across the room

And I feel the air, electric, ecstatic

No other love has seen through me

You knew me from the very first glance...

Our empathic dance...

WITH YOUR TOUCH

I FEEL LIKE I'M ON AMPHETAMINE

IT'S TOO MUCH

MY SENSITIVITY STRAINS AT ME

& IT IS SUCH

THAT THE BLACK STARS SURROUND ME...

AND I HOLD YOUR HAND AND WE ARE LOST IN THEM TOGETHER...

~

Only you my faithful lover

Only you my heart's desire

Only you can take me higher

Only you my love...

My love...

My love.

~*~

Discography

THE CONTACT [2004] (Anne's debut solo EP)

with KARNATAKA:
2004 Strange Behaviour
2003 Delicate Flame of Desire

DVDs with KARNATAKA:
Karnataka Live in Concert ~ Karnataka ~ 2001 Live at London's Mean Fiddler
Karnataka Live in the USA ~ Karnataka ~ 2003 Live in Trenton, New Jersey, USA

with TIGERDRAGON
2003 The Universal Key
2001 Life Stories

Anne-Marie Helder will also be featured on guitarist Dave Kilmister's upcoming rock solo release: SCARLET [2006]

Sample audio files are available for listening at:
http://www.annemariehelder.com/page004.htm

Set List

Murder/ Rosetinted
Lily
Autocratic / StarbuckStar
One by One
Exodus / Stallions & Nags
Ribbon Man
Beautiful Day / Amber Moon
Rock Head
Wheels Within Wheels

(all original, plus a few dozen more...)

Covers include: Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)
Mysterious Ways/One (U2)
Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
Arms of An Angel (Sarah McLachlan)

A typical set can be anything from 3 songs to over 2 hours, depending on what the venue & occasion requires. Frequently a 45-min set is standard, e.g. for support shows, but material is no problem!