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Little Lover

Helen Townsend

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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 a more 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.

“Upward Now”, from the new Album, was inspired by “the feeling that no matter how bad things are, you know that if you hang in there, you will always end up ok”. Drawn from her Americana roots, its an upbeat, toe tapping, feel good song that has audiences singing along from the 2nd chorus.

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

Helen said.“Belle Harvey, James Newhouse and James Vinciullo co-produced the album, assisting me to find the right players for the sound I was looking for with the aim of shifting to an edgier outcome with a varied groove, dynamic and sentiment in each track, “Helen said.“Working with Lee Jones (The Sleepy Jackson, Eskimo Joe, Ruby Boots), who’s ability to find hooks and instrumentals that have personality to make a track come alive, adds so much to all the tunes!”

Expected release: August 23, 2019

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Helen Townsend - Little Lover Album Launch

The Duke of George, 36 Duke St, East Fremantle

Helen Townsend’s debut album Little Lover is a departure into an edgier and rockier sound for singer-songwriter whose music has crossed the plains from Folk to Americana and Bluegrass to Alt Country.

The album features twelve of her original compositions, including promised land co-written with Bill Chambers.

Little Lover will be launched on 23 August at Duke of George in East Fremantle, with seven of the nine musicians that play on the album performing with her on the night.

Helen hand-picked the cream of Western Australian-based talent to play on the album a mix of well-known names and talented newcomers: Lee Jones - lead guitar, lap steel, piano (The Sleepy Jackson, Eskimo Joe, Ruby Boots); Belle Harvey – Co-Producer, guitar, bass, vocals and co-writer on Drinking All Over Again; (Ben is based in Melb) Ben Franz - pedal steel, (Waifs, Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission); Bronton Ainsworth – drums ( WAAPA Jazz Graduate, own ensemble for the Perth Jazz Society.); James Vinciullio – bass, pandiera( Milford Street Shakers and Randa and The Soul Kingdom); James Newhouse – Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, guitar, vocals (The Waifs’ 25th anniversary double album Ironbark); Rachel Aquilla – viola (WASO, Perth Symphony, Aquilla Music); Shannon Smith – Vocals (Sweetwood, Zeppelinz, Joiride), Shannon Puig – Trumpet (Tijuana Cartel, Stoned Cold Super Friends); Sophie Curtis – Cello (Perth Symphony Orchestra).

Only Ben and Sophie will not be joining Helen onstage at the launch due to pre-existing commitments.

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Helen has played to audiences throughout Australia and overseas. 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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