Helen Per­ris

Dork with a keyboard

Helen Per­ris

Dork with a keyboard

Helen’s music is described as indie cab­aret piano pop and is the love child of Tori Amos and Eddie Per­fect at a sub­urb­an BBQ. Grow­ing up, Helen was fed a diet of Fleet­wood Mac, Leo Say­er, ABBA and Elvis Pres­ley cour­tesy of region­al AM radio, along­side her clas­sic­al piano and viol­in train­ing.

Self-described “dork with a key­board” and suf­fer­er of demo­pho­bia, Helen Per­ris is an increas­ingly pop­ular inde­pend­ent Aus­tralia song­stress.

Sit­ting some­where on the spec­trum between Katie Noon­an and Aman­da Palmer, her songs tell stor­ies from her life, from her abid­ing fear of crowds to the joys (or not) of buy­ing a house, to cop­ing with over­bear­ing rel­at­ives and rais­ing her son.


Helen Per­ris has been a per­form­ing artist and teach­er for over a dec­ade.

In 2011, pre­par­a­tion met oppor­tun­ity when she was invited to sing an ori­gin­al song for punk cab­aret artist, Aman­da Palmer. This lead to Helen embark­ing on a solo sing­er-song­writer career after years of theatre and TV work. Using social media to build her audi­ence, Helen suc­cess­fully crowd­fun­ded her Debut EP Flesh through Poz­ib­le, releas­ing it in March 2012. She has spent the last 18 months gig­ging, tour­ing and pro­mot­ing the EP along­side con­tinu­ing to teach and par­ent.

Fol­low­ing her intro­duc­tion into the world of music­al theatre, it was prob­ably inev­it­able that her music­al style was destined to have a time­less feel with a storytelling bent. While Helen’s influ­ences include Tori Amos, Katie Noon­an and Sarah Slean, she con­tin­ues to be inspired by all forms of music. She sings of the mundane made sub­lime: the joys/terrors of home own­er­ship, par­ent­hood and deal­ing with people on the inter­net. Helen takes her art ser­i­ously, but she doesn’t take her­self ser­i­ously. Her wish is for every­one to con­nect through music.