We chat to Perth’s newest export (seriously, what’s in the water over there?!), Helen Shanahan, about legendary female singers, a borderline tea obsession, and her debut album Every Little Sting.

Oh hi there. We’re a pop culture website. And you are…
My name is Helen and I’m a 28 year old singer/songwriter from Perth, WA!

We hear you make music. Tell us about your latest release?
My latest release is my debut album titled Every Little Sting. I recorded it in Nashville producer called Brad Jones, who has worked with other Australian artists such as Missy Higgins and Bob Evans.

Inspo is awesome. Who are your ultimate music icons/inspirations?
I love Joni Mitchell. She is the ultimate singer/songwriter! I also love Missy Higgins, Patty Griffin and The Beatles.

The first album I bought with my own money was….
Missy Higgins – The Sound of White

Ok, that’s your cool answer. Now tell us what the first album you REALLY bought was…
Well if we’re really getting down to it, it was more like a single and it was Coco Jumbo… that classic reggae/pop song from the 90’s by Mr President. I really don’t know what I was thinking?!

Are you heading on tour? Where can we see you?
I’m heading out on tour, starting in Fremantle on 5 May at the Fly By Night Musicians Club. I’m then going to the south west of WA to Colonial Brewing Co in Yallingup on 6 May, and Caves House in Margaret River on 7 May. Then I’m making my way to Some Velvet Morning in Melbourne on 13 May, and the Petersham Bowling Club in Sydney on 1 June.

My fondest memory as a musician is…
Playing in New York with my band at a place called The Bitter End. It was a place where all my musical idols had played such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Everyone was so enthusiastic in the crowd, and we got asked to come back and play again the following night! It was an experience I’ll never forget.

On my rider, you’ll find…
Lots of tea! I am a hardcore tea drinker… any tea will suffice!

If I was to play with one musician/band before I die, it would be…
Missy Higgins!

What’s the buzz, tell us what’s happening next?
I will be continuing to promote my album for the rest of the year! After my initial mini tour, I’m hoping to do some house concerts around Australia and continue spreading the word!

If one lyric could define me, it would be…
”I’m broke but I’m happy, I’m poor but I’m kind” – Alanis Morisette, Hand In my Pocket.

My iconic/horrific teen outfit/phase was…
Wearing a blue denim bucket hat constantly, even to bed. Once again, I have no idea what I was thinking.

My friends always tell me…
To stop worrying and stop saying sorry!

I know all the words to…
Missy Higgins’ back catalogue.

Buying me a round? I’ll have…
A nice wine thanks… I’m not fussy.

If I was a rapper, I’d be….
Jay Z, only so I can get the info on what its like to be married to Queen Bey.

My lucky charm is…
My wedding ring!

The one word I can’t stop saying is…
Sorry.

I wish I was…
In Harry Potter.

I would never…
Swear at anyone.

-Catch Helen Shanahan on tour this month, or buy her new album Every Little Sting from 5 May. Compiled by Bianca O’Neill / Instagram, Twitter.

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