Helen Townsend is one of those rare 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 glories in 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 slices and 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 new debut Album, “Little Lover”, she moves into a more edgier, rockier and more diverse sound.
She delivers intelligent lyrics and plays guitar with a passion born of her life experiences, of romance and wisdom, a celebration of life and resilience. She will have you looking into your soul one minute and rocking the next.
Her 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 as a Solo artist, Duo and a full band, she has performed across the country and has more recently supported the likes of Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission.
Her international performance in Nashville at the Sounds of 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 2017 “Best Country Act”, Helen Townsend has had a huge impact on the country/folk scene in Western Australia in the past few years. Her upcoming Album “Little Lover” shows promise already receiving 2017 WAM nomination for “Song of the Year”.
Helen has been nominated for many awards including:
BBCMA 2017 Independent EP of the Year;
WAM 2017 Best Country Act;
WAM 2017 Song of The Year - Country Category – for ‘Promised Land’, co-written with Bill Chambers
BBCMA 2016 Single of the Year for ‘Red Light’;
WAM 2016 Song of the Year - Country Category – for ‘Streets of Glory’.