9:00 AM on Thursday, January 14
ONE OF HAWAII’S FAVORITE MUSICIANS, JOHNNY HELM, LANDS HIS SONG, RIDE, ON THE CLOSING CREDITS OF THE MOTION PICTURE, THE RIDE.
HONOLULU, HI -- (Dec 1st, 2020) – Folk/ Americana artist, Johnny Helm, is no stranger in the music scene in Hawaii, but with the recent inclusion of his song “Ride” in the closing credits of the motion picture “The Ride”, he hopes to use this moment at a platform to reach a broader, worldwide audience with his music. The Ride, starring Shane Graham, Ludacris, and Sasha Alexander, is the inspiring story of a BMX champion who overcame an abusive childhood through the love and life lessons of his interracial foster family. You can watch the 5 star rated movie exclusively on Amazon Prime. As well as having his recent single included in a motion picture, he has been working hard behind the scenes at Orange Pear Productions and Studio, his current workspace, where he has scored multiple independent film projects for NMG (Nella Media Group), one of which won a regional Emmy.
GET THE MUSIC:
“Ride” by Johnny Helm is now available for download or streaming anywhere you get your music digitally, worldwide.
About Johnny Helm:
The U.S. Supreme Court issued Roe v. Wade ruling to legalize abortion. “The Sting” won the Oscar for Best Picture. Pablo Picasso, Bruce Lee and J.R.R. Tolkien died, and John Helm was born. March 4 in Hartford, CT, to be exact. His parents and grandparents were all talented musically. His dad was a square dance caller; his grandfather played any instrument he could get his hands on. The women sang and played piano. Blame John’s grandfather for what has become a passion (and hopefully career) in music for John. Papa, as John called him, gave him his first ukulele and harmonica. His career could’ve taken off from there if only he knew what to do with them. At Morley Elementary School in West Hartford, CT, John played the snare drum in the school band. He continued in percussion at King Philip Junior High School, where he first heard guitar legends Jerry Garcia and Van Morrison. That changed everything. John ditched the drums and picked up guitar, beginning to sing and write his own songs. At Hall High School, he played in talent shows and sometimes on the streets of Hartford, his first tastes of live performing. While attending the University of Rhode Island, John played in a band called Cat on a Tin Roof, gigging at various clubs in Kingston and Narragansett. The band, with John on lead guitar and vocals, specialized in Grateful Dead covers. After graduating in 1995 with a degree in Wildlife Biology, John started writing songs and playing at open-mic events in The Berkshires, the hills of southwest Massachusetts.
In March 1996 John went to New York City to record some demo tracks; the three-song demo was distributed to some record labels. None responded. John left Rhode Island for another island –Hawaii—in 1996. He met local radio legend, Wili Moku, who brought him into the studio to record a second session. John recorded two songs, Home and Lady of the Night. John gave up his chemist job to get into radio, interning at Moku’s KQMQ 93.1 FM. He soon realized an interest in what goes on behind the scenes. He met producer and engineer, Darah York, who he shadowed for several months before landing a job as producer for Caribou Broadcasting. He stayed at the studio after hours, determined to learn everything about recording. He began to produce what would be his first full-length demo recording, self-titled with nine songs, while working days at various coffee shops on Oahu. A career in radio was inevitable. John was hired to host KKHN 102.7 FM Double K Country’s morning show. That led to the morning DJ job at KPOI 97.5 FM. After work he continued to play at local clubs and bars in Honolulu, picking up a regular gig at Shipley’s in Manoa with pianist Patrick Sweeney.
John was introduced to local musician, producer, engineer, Rockwell Fukino in March 2001. He brought John into the studio to record his second full-length recording entitled «At Random». At Random was nominated for Rock album of the year in the 2003 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Helm supported At Random with many shows from the club scene of Honolulu to theatre performances such as «Marks Garage» (it really is a theatre), Contemporary Museum (Honolulu), Bishop Museum and of course Helm’s favorite watering hole, Coffee Talk. Helm moved to the Big Apple in the summer of 2003 and continued working in coffee shops. He did gigs with the late Bud Cerio at New York City's famed «Bitterend» as well as some small venues in Norwalk CT.
In the winter of 2003/2004 Helm moved to Greenwich CT where he recorded tracks for his second album "Divide" at the old Sweeney Mansion (pick up "A Patchwork Clan" if you want to read about the musical Sweeney household with 18 children!) There are 10 tracks on Divide. It is a collection of recordings from 1996-2006. Helm produced, engineered, mixed and mastered almost the entire cd himself. Additional producing on the project by Grammy award winner John Cruz and Jeffry Kloetzel. Divide earned Helm his second nomination for Hawaii's Na Hoku Hanohano awards.
In 2008, Johnny met and began writing with Jed Leiber. Leiber is the founder/owner of the famed Nightbird Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of legendary songwriter Jerry Leiber (of the writing team Leiber and Stoller). Jed has written for and with Jeff Beck, Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper, and Peter Frampton to name a few. Johnny and Jed have written and recorded 12 songs for an ongoing project and continue to write.
Johnny began tracking his EP Banyan Tree at his home studio in 2011. He released the EP in October of 2012. It was Nominated for the "EP" of the year at Hawaii's Na Hoku Hanohano awards.
Johnny released his record, For You, in 2017 and his latest release, Lainey and the 93, in 2019 which was also nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano award in the Alternative Album of the Year category.
Orange Pear Productions and Studio is Johnny’s current workspace. He has produced and recorded independent artists from all over the world including Channel Davis from New Zealand, Patrick Kell from El Paso Texas, Aiden Laprete, Jenny Yim, & Tavana (who’s forthcoming album will be releasing soon) from the Island of Oahu, and many others.
Johnny is currently writing for a new record, producing independent artists and scoring music for film. The latest project he scored for NMG Network and Hawaiian Airlines won a regional Emmy.
For more information, visit www.johnnyhelm.com.