THE 2014 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Children’s Recording of the Year: Helen Austin – Colour It (BC)
So refreshing to get to know this singer, songwriter, mum & wife. Nestled in the Comox Valley Helen Austin makes real life music with honest to goodness feelings. Being mum to Daisy and Charlie and making music with the support of her one true love, keeps her well rounded and full of inspiration.
Your name: Helen Austin
Where you are writing this: At my desk in my very red bedroom/studio.
Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.
I grew up in a northern UK city called Durham where I spent most of my time either playing classical music or getting up to no good with my friends.
How would you define your musical style?
I think alternative folk is the best description.
When did you know that music would be such a big part of your life?
Music has just always been a big part of my life. I don’t know a life without learning music and it was always just a given that I would continue with music in some form or another.
It must be great fun to express your humorous anecdotes through song, which is your favourite thus far and why.
My favourite (and it seems everyone else’s favourite) is my Childbirth song. I am far away from giving birth and small children now, so it is fun to sing as a reminder.
Tell us about the Juno awards, what was that experience like on and beyond the red carpet.
The JUNOs are an eye opener for sure. The first time I went was with my husband and we were both nervous about meeting so many people and all the events. It was quite overwhelming. The 2nd time was much more relaxed, just knowing what to expect. I took a friend this time and we had a girls weekend and, of course, it’s always way more fun when you win:)