Scott Helman's fortunes are on the rise. A year ago he was pretty much an unknown under-20 Toronto singer-songwriter. 12 months later, he's triumphed as a MuchMusic Video Awards performer, earned himself a gold record for his breakout single, "Bungalow", and has an upcoming tour in Europe.
The heartbreak song is taken from Helman's 2014 Warner Music Canada EP, Augusta.
The gold-certification is the latest in a loaded summer of accomplishments for the 19 year-old. In May he headlined a sold-out show at Toronto’s Mod Club before heading out for his first tour of the US, opening 16 dates for Walk Off The Earth. In June, his live performance of the current single was one of the highlights of the nationally broadcast 2015 MMVAs (“Bungalow” was nominated as Best Pop Video). The rest of the summer is spent performing at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals including the Calgary Stampede, Rock The Shores, the Ottawa Bluesfest, and Edgefest in Toronto. In the fall, he is off to the UK and Europe for a 21-date tour, again with his newfound pals, Walk Off The Earth.
Born and raised in Toronto, Helman graduated in 2013 from Earl Haig Secondary School. He got a guitar for his 10th birthday, and by the time he was 14 he knew he wanted to be a professional musician. At 15 years old, he signed a development deal with Warner Music Canada, where he began sessions with writers such as Simon Wilcox and Thomas "Tawgs" Salter. His work with the latter, beginning when he was 17, was when he really started to hit his stride. The first song the pair wrote together was “Cry Cry Cry.” Helman says the song was written in response to a bad break up with a girlfriend. A video for “Cry Cry Cry” was posted on his YouTube page on April 6, 2014, his first publicly available music.
Augusta was released in Canada on October 14, 2014. The album was named after the street where he wrote most of the songs and played his earliest shows. He says that he writes music that he wanted to hear but that wasn’t in the world yet. “Bungalow” is a collaboration between himself and Simon Wilcox. He recounts that the song was inspired by a pretty stranger he saw on the street that led to a fictional love story — something that helped him get through the break up that had led to “Cry Cry Cry."