Big Little Lions have been described as ‘a blissful marriage of new folk and sophisticated pop’. Prolific songwriting, infectious folk-pop style, and an offbeat, memorable live show. This award winning duo consists of Helen Austin and Paul Otten who, despite living thousands of miles apart, have found a way to connect and create music together. Despite being in two different countries, they have found common ground to share their message.
Call it destiny, or call it fate, call it a necessary progression for these modern times. Helen lives in British Columbia, Canada and Paul lives in Cincinnati, OH.
But the distance provides the necessity to create in a new way. Using technology as their ally and their differences as their strength.
Their monthy single releases are their way of getting through this pandemic while all the usual album cyle release plans don’t make sense anymore. Their music is jam-packed with emotion and tight harmonies, the sound of two people working side-by-side.
“Two fabulous songwriters”Jan Hall, Folk Roots Radio
Awards – JUNOs, Canadian Folk Music Awards and John Lennon Songwriting contests:
JUNO award win for Helen Austin – Colour It – Children’s Album of the Year, 2014
JUNO award nominated for Helen Austin – Always Be A Unicorn – Children’s Album of the Year, 2013
CFMA nominated 2022 – Single of the Year – Never Mind the Weather
CFMA nominated 2021 – Vocal Group of the Year – Inside Voice
CFMA nominated 2016 – Contemporary Album of the Year – Just Keep Moving
CFMA nominated 2016 – Vocal Group of the Year – Just Keep Moving
CFMA win 2015 – Ensemble of the Year – A Little Frayed, A Little Torn
CFMA nominated 2014, Helen Austin – Children’s Album of the Year – Colour It
CFMA win 2013, Helen Austin – Children’s Album of the Year – Always Be a Unicorn
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2013, Children’s, “Colour It” (song), written by Helen Austin and Paul Otten.