Avon Valley Gazette - - WHAT'S ON - Tanya MacNaughton

IT is not ev­ery day that a fa­mous song­writer con­grat­u­lates Perth so­prano Clara Helms for cov­er­ing his song, but that is ex­actly what hap­pened after she recorded her lat­est sin­gle with pro­ducer Thomas Spencer in LA last Au­gust. “Eric Car­men, who orig­i­nally wrote the song, re­cently wrote to me on Twit­ter and said ‘ It’s ab­so­lutely gor­geous. Your voice is in­cred­i­ble… pure and an­gelic. Thank you for your beau­ti­ful new ver­sion of my song, Clara’,” Helms said. “I am so grate­ful for his ac­knowl­edge­ment.” This fol­lowed praise from Paul Far­ber­man, man­ager to Ce­line Dion who had a huge hit with the song and is one of Helms’ biggest idols. “I think Ce­line Dion is the epit­ome of the perfect star. She is a won­der­ful bal­ance of fem­i­nine and feisty, sen­si­tive and re­silient. Her voice is strong and the words are so sweet,” Helms said. “A friend wrote ‘ You have es­tab­lished your­self as not just the next Ce­line Dion but the world’s first Clara Helms’, which I thought was poignantly beau­ti­ful and very flat­ter­ing.”

Helms grew up study­ing dance, drama and pi­ano but it was not un­til her mid- teens that she dis­cov­ered singing and went on to study a Bach­e­lor of Clas­si­cal Mu­sic Per­for­mance at WAAPA and lan­guages ( Ital­ian, Ger­man and French) at UWA.

She moved to Syd­ney in 2016 after be­ing a fi­nal­ist on the 2011 sea­son of

“There were some op­por­tu­ni­ties that came from it and some doors did start to open, but there was also a catch, or a price to pay, which wasn’t some­thing I felt to­tally com­fort­able with,” Helms said.

“Yet I was de­ter­mined to never give up on my passion and my dreams, be­cause this is my love. I got to LA and threw my­self into the deep end and within five min­utes of record­ing vo­cals, I broke down cry­ing over pep­per­mint tea be­cause it was so real and raw for me.

“I am always pas­sion­ately hun­gry to pur­sue my dreams but this trip reignited an even more pow­er­ful fire within me.”

is avail­able through iTunes and Ama­zon and Helms’ 2017 al­bum is on­line at cd­baby. com/ cd/ clara­helms2.

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