HELEN Shanahan is a 28-year-old singer/songwriter from Perth, Western Australia.
Helen’s songs ride the joys and sorrows of love and life and draw the listener into an articulate and heartfelt world of story, melody and guitar, through her eyes. Helen’s thoughtful observations and introverted reflections of everyday situations are beautifully captured in her music, which can best be described as contemporary folk/pop with a strong acoustic feel. Helen graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) majoring in voice.
Helen released her EP ‘Driftwood’ in 2012 at the Fly By Night Musicians Club in Fremantle. ‘The title track was nominated in 2012 in the ‘love’ category in the Western Australian Music Industry ‘Song of the Year’ competition.
Helen has provided strong support to Australian group ‘The Basement Birds’ whose members include Kav Temperly (Eskimo Joe), Josh Pyke, Kevin Mitchell (Bob Evans) and Steve Parkin. She has also played in support of UK artist Passenger in 2010, and Matt Corby in 2011 in his secret garden shows around Perth. She joined Clare Bowditch on stage in 2014 as part of her ‘Winter Secrets’ Tour. She was nominated for ‘Best Folk Act’ in the West Australian Music Industry Awards in 2014.
In 2013 she won the songwriting award in the national competition ‘Telstra Road to Discovery’. This competition saw Helen play at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Canadian Music Week, BIGSOUND festival in Brisbane, Queenscliff music festival, iconic New York bar ‘The Bitter End’, and the Americana festival in Nashville.
Helen was signed to Mushroom Music Publishing in 2015, on the back of releasing her EP ‘Finding Gold’ produced by Melbourne based Pip Norman aka ‘Countbounce’.
In 2016 she travelled to Nashville, where she recorded her debut album with producer Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Bob Evans), set for release in May 2017.