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Helen Austin
LOCATION:Vancouver Island, BC
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Helen Austin is a prolific singer/songwriter from the UK now living on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.  She recently won the Female Songwriter and Artist of the Year awards at the Vancouver Island Music Awards 2011She is no stranger to the stage and has worked as a professional performer for over
20 years. After her previous life as an award winning stand-up comedian, she brings her quirky humour to her musical performances, as well as the ability to tug at your heart strings with her more serious songs. With her self-produced music videos getting over a million viewers online, she has been earning accolades and acquiring fans from around the world. Her music is now getting regularly licensed in Network TV shows such as '90210', 'One Tree Hill' and 'Ghost Whisperer', along with many MTV shows and ads.Helen has written music and lyrics for specific occasions such as her song "Relay", written to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event, which is now played at Relay events all over the world. She also donated a song for the Helping Hearts website, an organization that helps families with sick children.From April 2009 Helen wrote, produced and uploaded a new song each week onto her website as a free download. Thirteen of those songs are on her album, 'Song of the Week' which was nominated for 5 Vancouver Island Music Awards of which she won two. She is also a top 10 international finalist for the Mountain Stage Newsong competition and has been nominated for a Hollywood Music Media Award.Helen has released two new albums in 2011 - Treehouse and Song of the Week 2."I wish every artist had your talent, drive and realized vision of who they are artistically. You are the essence of independence vs. a contrived and crumbling conglomerate music business infrastructure." "From hearing her material, I would want to see her live, buy a shirt and become part of her base community. She doesn't need a record label, she just needs to keep building what she's building and they will come..... " "Helen has a beautiful distinct voice and that will always open doors for her all on its own. She reminds me a bit of a female Elliott Smith or Paul Simon"

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