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.