One of those artists who genuinely lives music, Helen understands it’s power and knows how to harness it to tell a story which gathers you up and sweeps you along. Entwined through all of her songs is a sweet, sincere voice which simply celebrates and engages with the telling of a story and injects just the right emotion into the words. There’s also an intimacy in her music which gently invites you in to share snippets of life’s journeys.
The Fremantle-based singer-songwriter’s style runs the Americana gamut of roots rock, blues, country and folk.
With the release of her debut Album, “Little Lover”, she moved into an edgier, rockier and more diverse sound. Now, she returns in 2020 with another diverse, engaging and spirited collection of songs.
Helen’s music is soulful, edgy, her story telling is transfixing, her voice timeless and her stage presence is captivating with a pure and concise delivery - it’s a combination of this, her originality and authenticity that has garnered her widespread respectability.
Performing nationally, and internationally, her performance in Nashville at the Sounds Australia showcase in 2018 alongside Catherine Britt, Melody Moko and Montgomery Church, earned her widespread recognition and respect as an emerging Americana artist.
Nominated for multiple West Australian Music awards including Best Country Act 2019 and 2017. Her single “Upward Now" from her 2019 "Little Lover" album, also received a WAM nomination for Song of The Year 2020. Helen continues to have a huge impact on the country/folk scene in Western Australia, something that is certain to be built on with her new release.
Helen’s new EP “Love Lies ‘n’ Leaving”, introduces Shannon Smith and showcases the duo’s vocal harmony blend that can only be likened to that which exists in kin, although these two are far from that. Due for release early 2021, this EP is a typically superlative collection of songs that will further enhance her reputation as a singer, songwriter and live performer.
Make sure you hear the EP and go see Helen perform live. She’s about to gain a whole host of new fans.
“Helen Townsend took me on a beautiful journey through dark and light; night and day. It’s the kind of music that tells a story; that puts your imagination into overdrive. It’s the kind of music that sticks around in your mind, long after the CD ends. It’s a welcome feeling and one that I can’t believe that I ever shut my mind to.”
WINNER of 2020 WA Country Music Awards for:
- Emerging Artist of the Year
- Single of the Year | 'Big City'
Nominations WA Music Awards
- 2020 - Female Artist of the Year
- 2020 - Independent Album of the Year
- 2020 - Single of the Year | 'Upward Now'
- 2017 - Independent EP of the Year
- 2016 - Single of the Year for ‘Red Light’
WAM - West Australian Music Awards
- 2020 - Song Of The Year | 'Upward Now'
- 2019 - Best Country Act
- 2017 - Best Country Act
- 2017 - Song of The Year | ‘Promised Land’, co-written with Bill Chambers
- WAM - 2016 Song of the Year | ‘Streets of Glory’
Australian Songwriting Contest
- 2019 - 4th Place - Ballad Category | 'Just One More Day'
"There’s lots of flavours in the music of Helen Townsend – alt-country, Americana, folk, for starters – but all these simply become words when you realise that what you’re hearing is the essence of the artist herself. You just know there’s something special going on."
— Bob Gordon, Contributor to The West Australian & Editor, Around The Sound.