Phoenix, Ariz. – People may have thought he was bit crazy for doing it, but singer-songwriter Scott Helmer successfully completed his 24 Nights good-cause performance marathon. It started on November 29 in Chandler, Arizona. Nine states and more than 3,000 miles later, it ended on Christmas Day in Minden, Nevada. In between there was a whole lot of music and some much needed help for lots of great causes. A brand new video featuring Time to Say Goodbye, the first track released from Helmer’s debut album, Wake Me When It’s Over, offers a look back at some of the people and places from 24 Nights and is available at http://www.scotthelmer.com/pages/video.
'24 Nights' was just the latest leg of Helmer’s larger Support YOUR Cause Tour 2012-2013. He noted, “It was especially important to be as active as possible during the holiday season, which can be a tough time of year for people who are down on their luck. I can’t wait to do it again next year! I am definitely going to make this an annual event. Every show was fantastic and helped a great cause.”
In addition to all the different venues, many of which conducted their own fundraising events and donation collections for food pantries, toy drives and more, Helmer also donated his time to play in hospitals throughout the tour. “What a lonely time for folks stuck in a hospital over the holiday season. My heart really goes out to them, so I wanted to do what I could to cheer them up.” One of the stops Helmer made was at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Musicians On Call (MOC), a group that brings the healing power of live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities, invited him to play for kids stuck in the hospital instead of being at home for Christmas. “Walking the halls and playing for those kids in their rooms – it’s something I will never forget. I can’t wait to work with MOC again – I encourage all musicians to get involved with a program like this. It will feed your soul and your music.”
Helmer’s debut album, Wake Me When It’s Over, scheduled for release on March 29, will be made available free of charge to anyone who donates at least $5 to a good cause. The first single, Time To Say Goodbye, is already available for free and can be downloaded from www.scotthelmer.com/music. Getting the album is based on three easy steps: 1) Donate at least $5 to your favorite cause, 2) Forward your donation confirmation email or receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org, and 3) After Helmer’s team confirms the donation, you’ll receive the link to download the album. Helmer’s goal with the album and tour is ambitious: He wants to raise $1 million in donations to good causes all around the world.
The contagious, radio-friendly blend of rock and pop music on Wake Me When It’s Over was written and performed by Scott Helmer and his photographer-musician brother, Rich Helmer. The album was crafted at the Waterfront Studios of legendary producer Henry Hirsch, whose credits include Lenny Kravitz, Madonna and Mick Jagger. Hirsch also contributed to the effort by playing bass guitar and B3 organ. The songs describe journeys of pain and loss, but ultimately point towards a pathway of hope.
Helmer’s tour is inspired by his own hard knocks. “In the last recession, I lost everything, including my business and my family,” said Helmer. “We have to support the good organizations that offer lifelines to people in need." The tour, which kicked off on April 30, features solo acoustic performances of songs from the album and covers of Helmer’s favorite rock and country hits. “I never expected this many bookings so early on. Now all we need is for 200,000 people to each donate $5 to their favorite cause to reach our ambitious goal,” said Helmer. “And I think it’ll happen.”