Phoenix, Ariz. – When the busy holiday season has you feeling stressed, take a break to catch a performance of singer/songwriter Scott Helmer’s Support YOUR Cause Tour 2012-2013. The 24 Nights leg of the tour will span over 3,000 miles, 9 states and more than 24 consecutive performances. “The holiday season is a magical time, but can also be very tough for people who are down on their luck,” Helmer said. From Chandler, Arizona on November 29th to Minden, Nevada on December 25th, 24 Nights will make stops in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada. During his tour shows, venues will be conducting their own fundraisers like food and toy drives to help people in need. In between shows, Helmer will also donate his own time to play in hospitals. “It can be a lonely time for those folks, so I’ll help spread a little holiday cheer.”
Helmer will be in Chandler, performing his solo acoustic act at Sidelines Grill, a family sports bar for both young and old located at 2980 S. Alma School. This all-ages show will run from 3-10 PM, with Helmer playing for seven straight hours on Thursday, November 29, 2012. The good cause that will benefit from this stop on the tour is a five-year-old boy named Elvis Conaway who needs a liver transplant. The operation is scheduled for next year in California, but that means the whole family has to move there for three months while Elvis is recovering from such a major surgery. “The boy’s father, Matthew Conaway, delivers to Sidelines – he’s one of the finest people we know,” said Sidelines owners Kristina and Paul Grako. “It’s about time that little boy gets a chance to lead a normal life. He’s been so sick ever since he was born. But the family needs a lot of support to make it happen.” Throughout this very special evening, Sidelines will be accepting cash donations and contributing 20% of sales to the cause.
Helmer’s debut album, Wake Me When It’s Over, scheduled for release on January 23, 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.”