Phoenix, Ariz. – Singer-Songwriter Scott Helmer’s Support YOUR Cause Tour 2012-2013, his personal effort to raise $1 million for organizations that do good work, just received a big boost – an invitation to open for iconic rock band Heart at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on April 7. “I’ve been a huge fan of Heart ever since I was a kid,” said Helmer, who’s been busy spreading his own unique blend of rock and pop in acoustic shows across the nation since kicking off the Support YOUR Cause Tour 2012-2013 in April last year. “To be opening for a band like Heart less than a year after starting my own tour – it really is a dream come true. The invitation came in just a few days before my birthday and I can’t think of a better present!” A chance to win two front-row tickets to the April 7 show is being offered on Celebrity Theatre’s Facebook page.
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Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson were the first female duo to front a hard rock band in the 1970s. Ann’s powerhouse vocals and Nancy’s hard-hitting guitar riffs, both tempered with folk overtones, have achieved six Top 10 albums and 20 Top 40 singles that include such memorable hits as Barracuda, Crazy on You, Magic Man, Alone, What About Love and These Dreams. On April 18, Heart will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Albert King and Donna Summer. Making the Hall of Fame cut is like the icing on the cake for the Wilson sisters, who recently performed Stairway to Heaven in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at December’s Kennedy Center Honors as a tribute to the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. They were joined on stage by drummer Jason Bonham, son of legendary late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Everyone hit it off so well that Jason and his Led Zeppelin Experience band will be joining forces with Heart on their Heartbreaker Tour this summer, wrapping up each show with a 30-minute Led Zeppelin tribute.
Helmer’s debut album, Wake Me When It’s Over, scheduled for release on May 28, will be available for purchase on iTunes. The first single, Time To Say Goodbye, is available now for free on Helmer’s website (www.scotthelmer.com/music) or from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/time-to-say-goodbye-single/id609263487. Helmer’s goal with the album and tour is to raise $1 million in donations to groups that do good work. He’s doing it by playing for free at benefit concerts and other fundraising events for non-profits all over the country. Helmer puts himself through an exhausting tour schedule. “I do it because I hope that it will inspire others to take whatever they’re passionate about and use it to help the people and causes that need it most.” Proceeds from the sale of Wake Me When It’s Over will defray the costs of being constantly on tour during 2013 as Helmer plans to make stops in every single state of the country, including Alaska and Hawaii. A video look-back at some of the people and places from the 24 Nights 2012 leg of the tour is available for viewing at Helmer’s website: http://www.scotthelmer.com/pages/video.
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, 2012, 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. With that support, raising $1 million for charity is an achievable goal.”