In 2008 as the world economy was spiraling out of control, Scott Helmer sat alone in his car on a deserted mountain road in Northern Arizona with a gun in his mouth, ready to take his own life. Helmer had enjoyed a successful career as an insurance broker but when financial markets took a turn for the worse earlier that year, his world also began to crumble. At a crossroads and in a foolish, desperate attempt to save his business, he illegally used monies in his companies trust account to keep the doors open and weather the storm. In the end, he was unsuccessful and ended up losing everything including his family, all of his possessions, his career and most importantly his self-respect.
In the seconds before pulling the trigger Helmer cried out to God for help and said, ‘I don’t want to do this. If you help me through this I won’t give up, will deal with the consequences of my actions and use all of this bad stuff to help others and to make a difference, so that no one else has to go through what I am going through right now.’
Helmer then put the gun down, decided to never give up and took responsibility for his actions. Determined to keep the promise he made Helmer then picked up his guitar and began a mission that continues to this day; using his talents and first love of music to give back and spread the message that there is always hope and that suicide is not the answer, regardless of your mistakes. Since 2012 Helmer’s concerts have helped raise more than $2 Million Dollars for good causes across America ranging from military veterans and their families, equine and pet rescues, food banks, non-profit theatres, suicide and crisis prevention, special needs children and adults, high schools and colleges, and many more.
With more than 1,000 concerts under his belt, Helmer is a seasoned entertainer who's opened for iconic acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Jeff Bridges, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Big Country, and more.
On November 28 & 29, 2016, Helmer’s ‘Never Give Up’ Tour included an attempt to break Hunter Hayes Guinness World Records title for ‘Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours (multiple cities).’ Helmer successfully completed 12 concerts across California and Arizona in the 24-hour time frame and is awaiting formal review of the evidence and issuance of the new record title from Guinness judges. The attempt was designed to raise awareness for Helmer's mission and message, and each participating venue was given the opportunity to fundraise for a cause of their choice alongside his history-making attempt.
Helmer notes, 'my primary mission going forward is to continue using my music to make a difference and to help stop suicide by telling my story and becoming a leading advocate for that cause. I'm going to keep showing others that no matter how hopeless you feel and regardless of what mistakes you have made in the past, suicide is not the answer, giving up is not the answer and that you 'can' make a comeback. I am living proof of that fact.'
Originally from the Chicago suburb of Elgin, IL, Helmer now calls Phoenix, Ariz. home when not on tour.