He’s a young man but it’s already been quite a journey for singer-songwriter Scott Helman. It was four years from a performance in a record company boardroom to topping the CBC radio charts and having a multi-format hit with his first single, “Bungalow”. And then, it was only another six months before he was touring the US and Europe with Walk Off The Earth, performing live on national TV and receiving his first gold record. 2016 has begun with a tremendous amount of promise with Scott receiving 2 Juno Award nominations and topping Teen Vogue’s list of 14 Singers Who Are Going To Dominate in 2016. But, we’re already getting ahead of ourselves.
Working with producer Tawgs Salter (Lights, Josh Groban) and songwriter Simon Wilcox, Scott was able to discover new sounds and ideas locked up inside, allowing him to bloom as an artist. The result was “Augusta”, a seven song EP introducing an exciting new voice to the musical landscape.
The record’s first single, “Bungalow” quickly became a staple at CBC Radio and by Christmas 2014 was #1 on the station’s national radio chart. In the New Year, the track had found a home at Modern Rock radio across Canada before crossing over to mainstream Top 40. In the meantime, music video channels were playing the accompanying clip in heavy rotation and by the Spring 2015 the song was inescapable.
In June, “Bungalow” was nominated as Best Pop Video at the MuchMusic Video Awards. By August the single was certified gold and the track recently received certification from BDS for over 50,000 spins at radio.
In the fall, Scott was named the first-ever winner of Spotify’s Emerge program, beating out 12 other Canadian artists. Since launching his music on Spotify, Scott’s music has been streamed over 3.5 million times, and his videos have been viewed over 2.6 million times on YouTube.
Scott spent most of 2015 on tour all over the world racking up a total of nearly 100 shows. He played in nearly 15 different countries hitting major cities like New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Vienna, and Berlin and also hit major festivals including Squamish, Rock The Shores, Ottawa Bluesfest and Way Home Festival.