Guinness World Records holder continues to use his music and personal story about mistakes and planned suicide to make a difference.
Phoenix, Ariz. - Scott Helmer is a musician, speaker, radio talk show host and Guinness World Records title holder for "Most Live Music Performances in 24 Hours (multiple cities)." Since 2012, his concerts have helped raise more than $2 Million Dollars for good causes across America ranging from military veterans and their families, first responders, equine and pet rescues, food banks, historic theatres, equine therapy programs, suicide prevention, special needs children and adults, and more.
Helmer has also opened for iconic acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Jeff Bridges, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Big Country, and more.
Helmer’s current US tour and “One-Man Rock & Country Music Show” consists of over 100 concerts, many of which are fundraisers for the causes he believes in. "My goal is to keep using my music and comeback story to give back and remind others to never give up," says Helmer. One of the causes near and dear to his heart are equine-assisted therapy programs, many of which are PATH Intl. members. Upcoming benefit shows for those groups include:
Still Waters Equestrian Academy (Hickman, NE) • October 13, 2018
Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club (Newport Beach, CA) • May 19, 2019
Baraboo River Equine-Assisted Therapies (Baraboo, WI) • July 6, 2019
Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center (Granite Falls, MN) • July 20, 2019
Dayspring Therapeutic Equestrian Center (Marshall, TX) • September 28, 2019
Touring the country in his 37’ coach with trailer, Helmer carries full production including a 16’ wide x 12’ deep stage, lights and sound for up to 500 people (photos here) which allows concerts to be held anywhere, indoors or out and eliminates the need for good causes to incur the expense and burden of having to rent a venue.
100% of the proceeds from each concert goes to the designated cause and organizers are also adding food and drink, raffles, silent auctions and more during their events to maximize this fundraising opportunity and show off their facilities, staff, horses and work to those within the community like never before.
Helmer’s tour runs through December 2019 and new dates are being added each week. Audiences will hear him perform the biggest rock & country hits in a show suitable for all ages. Good causes across America, including equine therapy programs and facilities can learn more and register to raise money and awareness for their cause with Scott Helmer’s “One-Man Rock & Country Music Show” at his website.
Scott Helmer’s entire mission of using his story and music to make a difference was born after making mistakes in his own life, facing time in prison and being seconds away from committing suicide.
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 as he was indicted for his crimes and faced time in prison.
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 his promise, 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 never the answer, regardless of your mistakes.