Scott Helmer To Help Charities and Historic Theatres Raise $1 Million

Phoenix, Ariz. – National touring and recording artist Scott Helmer, who has opened for legendary bands including Heart and Big Country, and is due to open for rock icon Eddie Money at the Fox Tucson Theatre on November 20, is working to help charities across the US raise $1m for their respective causes. The official ‘Support YOUR Cause Tour’ kicks off on May 17, 2014 with a motorcycle ride and concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) at Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim, CA,  and wraps up with a benefit for the Calumet Theatre in Michigan on April 25, 2015.

Watch video of Scott Helmer performing live - Opening for Eddie Money @ Fox Tucson Theatre

Fresh from his summer tour, which consisted of over 100 US cities and shows, Helmer is now offering to lend his time and talents by performing solo-acoustic, free of charge at any charity or fundraising event across America, with the goal of helping all raise $1m within one year.

Previously, Helmer has played benefits for Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Comfort, homeless shelters, anti-violence centers, toy drives, pet charities, victims of the 2012 Colorado wildfire and many deserving individuals, such as Elvis Conaway, a young boy in desperate need of a liver transplant. The singer is also an enthusiastic volunteer for Musicians On Call, a program that brings the healing power of music to hospital patients.

A snapshot of Helmer’s previous benefit tour ‘24 Nights – A Look Back’ can be viewed here

Helmer will not handle any money or donations on behalf of charitable organizations during his performances on the ‘Support YOUR Cause Tour’. “I am simply offering to perform at any fundraising event free of charge, to help them raise money and awareness for their cause,” he explains. “Live music always helps bring more people out to an event.”

The musician is equally happy to be the headliner or mixed in the line-up with other artists to help out any good cause across the US, no matter how big or small. In advance of each show, Helmer’s team will work to obtain TV and radio performances and print coverage for the artist, furthering promotion for the event. His only requirement is that the charity has a goal to raise at least $5,000 during their event.

“In 2008 I made a huge mistake and lost everything. Without the help of my family and a few close friends, I would have been living on the streets,” he explains of his reasons behind the campaign. “So from my own experience, I know just how important a support system can be to help out with even the most basic of human needs; food, shelter and most importantly, hope.”

To help offset his touring expenses while performing for free, Helmer will be selling copies of his CD, Wake Me When It’s Over, for $5 at each show. Recorded at the Waterfront Studios of Grammy award-winning producer Henry Hirsch (whose credits include Lenny Kravitz, Madonna and Mick Jagger), this contagious, radio-friendly rock album was written and performed by Helmer and his photographer-musician brother, Rich Helmer. Its songs describe journeys of pain and loss, but ultimately point towards a pathway of hope.

“I want to use my passion for music to help those people and organizations that help others, even if it’s only in a small way; like performing and bringing a bit more awareness to their cause at a fundraising event,” he says. “I hope what I am doing inspires others to do the same; to help others by doing what they love.”

Interested parties wishing to book Helmer for a solo-acoustic performance at their charity event any time between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2015, should complete the registration form found here http://www.scotthelmer.com/pages/support-your-cause-tour-2014-2015-registration-form.

For further information on Scott Helmer and his music go to his website or facebook

Scott Helmer Takes it to Heart

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.  

CLICK HERE to see photos from Scott's APRIL 7 show with Heart

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.”

Information & scheduling for the Support YOUR Cause Tour 2012-2013 is on the website, http://www.scotthelmer.com, or facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ScottHelmerMusic.

Scott Helmer Works With Musicians On Call to Bring Music to Patients in the Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA

Phoenix, Ariz. – Singer-songwriter Scott Helmer’s 24 Nights good-cause performance marathon took him through nine states and 3,000 miles to play two dozen shows. If you missed this part his larger Support YOUR Cause Tour 2012-2013 tour, you can see highlights in a new video.

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 who were in the hospital instead of being at home for Christmas. Because it was Helmer’s first time working with MOC, they teamed him up with veteran MOC musician/volunteer Kenli Mattus. Mattus showed Helmer the ropes and they even teamed up on several numbers.

Click here to watch Scott Helmer - '24 Nights - A Look Back' (Official Video) on YouTube 

As Helmer put it, “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 support@scotthelmer.com, 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.”

Information and bookings for the Support YOUR Cause Tour 2012-2013 through the website, http://www.scotthelmer.com or facebook, http://www.facebook.com/ScottHelmerMusic.   

New Video Looks Back at 24 Nights, Singer-Songwriter Scott Helmer’s Good-Cause Performance Marathon

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.”

Click here to watch Scott Helmer - '24 Nights - A Look Back' (Official Video) on YouTube

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 support@scotthelmer.com, 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.”

Information and bookings for the Support YOUR Cause Tour 2012-2013 through the website, http://www.scotthelmer.com or facebook, http://www.facebook.com/ScottHelmerMusic.