INTRODUCTION

  Helen Townsend is one of those artists who genuinely lives music, 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 Loveralbum, 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 buy the EP and go see Helen perform live. She’s about to gain a whole host of new fans.

 

MUSIC

Love Lies 'n' Leaving

Helen Townsend

Take a pinch of Patsy Cline, add a dash of James Taylor and a generous dollop of Lucinda Williams and you have Helen Townsend and Shannon Smith Duo. Reminiscent of Welch/Rawlings and Harris/Crowell these two capture your imagination and heart.

Multi-Award WAM nominee and Winner of 2020 WA Country Music Emerging Artist and Single of the Year, Helen’s music is soulful, edgy, her story telling is transfixing.

This compact version of the Helen Townsend & The Wayward Hearts band, the duo engages and entertains the audience with their stories, anecdotes and off the cuff wit, and then woo them with strong original songs and tight weaving harmonies. The music is soulful, edgy and embraces Americana roots. Helens voice is unique, timeless and her stage presence captivating, whilst Shannon’s rich harmonies, onstage presence and guitar work complete the duo.
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Devils Curse - Single Release

Helen Townsend

This FIRST SINGLE RELEASE of the upcoming EP "Love, Lies 'n' Leaving", Devils Curse is a stripped back, acoustic cry out to that loved one who is making all the wrong choices and heading down a path of destruction.

Confessing their own weaknesses, Helen & Shannon plead for the listener to turn around to avoid “The Devils Path”. Featuring James Church (Montgomery Church) on Dobro, Devils Curse invokes the feeling of pleading for mercy upon a lost soul! You get the sense that Co-Writers Helen Townsend & Belle Harvey were sipping whiskey summoning Steve Earle, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings as they penned this story.
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We're Through - Single

Helen Townsend with Shannon Smith

“We’re Through” is an upbeat break up song with a sweet flavour and bitter message. Weaving between melody and harmony Helen and Shannon perform a duet that has you bopping along, but feeling forlorn for a love that was, but is no more.
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Little Lover

Helen Townsend

Independent Americana artist Helen Townsend is thrilled to announce the release of her long-awaited debut album Little Lover, available from 23rd August 2019.

Little Lover is a departure from her multi-award nominated 2014 EP “Wayward Heart” to an edgier, rockier and more diverse sound for the singer songwriter. The album features twelve of her original compositions, including promised land co-written with Bill Chambers which was nominated for WAM 2017 Song of the Year and nomination for WAM 2019 Country artist of the year.

Helen is a prolific songwriter, influenced heavily by her roots, her life’s journey and her unique observations on life. “Little Lover” showcases her song writing and storytelling prowess and is a perfect example of the Americana genre.

"Little Lover" was nominated for multiple WA Country Music Awards (2020) and won Single of the Year and Emerging Artist of the year.
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Wayward Heart

Helen Townsend

Helen has played to audiences throughout Western and Eastern Australia and internationally. Her 2014 debut EP “Wayward Heart” received multiple award nominations: BBCMA 2017 Independent EP of the Year; BBCMA 2016 Single of the Year for “Red Light”; WAM 2016 Song of the Year - Country Category – for “Streets of Glory”.
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Even the spirits that inhabit Kidogo Arthouse ceased their business to stand and watch for a moment. It was magic” - Andrea Thompson | May 23, 2021

Around The Sound

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

industry recognition

awards and nominations

International Songwriting Competition 2020

Finalist - Americana - Devils Curse / Co-written with Belle Harvey

WINNER of 2020 WA Country Music Awards

- Emerging Artist of the Year 

- Single of the Year | 'Big City'

WA Country Music Awards Nominations

- 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 Nominations

- 2021 - Song Of The Year | "Devils Curse" co-written with Belle Harvey

- 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  

- 2016 - Song of the Year | ‘Streets of Glory’

 Australian Songwriting Contest 2019 

- 4th Place - Ballad Category | 'Just One More Day' 

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