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Backstage: Douglas McLean Chats With Big Little Lions

By Douglas McLean.

On June 9th, Big Little Lions released their first concept album (and seventh album) AMPM via Fallen Tree Records. The trans-continental folk-pop duo enlightens us from morning to night on the new album.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

Tackling anxiety and self-hate, the grind of daily life, the perils of parenting, and the value of community and forgiveness. The JUNO-winning collaborators once again charm with their intimate, clever, and relatable lyrics, paired with the melodic lilt of indie rock and pop.

Helen and Paul met at a conference for licensing music for TV and film, one is classically trained, the other self-taught and they create their music together from thousands of miles apart. Heavily influence by the likes of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Police, Big Little Lions are masters of a catchy melody, great harmonies, and a cool turn of phrase.

They’ve been nominated and won many awards since their inception:

Nominated Canadian Folk Music Awards - Vocal Group of The Year 2020,

Nominated Roots Group of the Year - Break Out West 2018,

Canadian Songwriting Competition Folk Winner 2018,

Nominated for 2 Western Canadian Music Awards 2017,

Canadian Folk Music Awards - nominated Vocal Group and Contemporary Album 2016,

Canadian Folk Music Awards - Ensemble of the Year 2015,

Initial Collaboration under Helen Austin - JUNO Award Winner 2014,

John Lennon Songwriting Competition - Grand Prize, Lennon Award and Song of the Year 2013,

International Songwriting Competition/Unsigned Only - 2013/2014/2017/2018/2020.

The folk-pop duo Big Little Lions are Canadian Helen Austin (Royston, BC) and American Paul Otten (Springboro, Ohio). Their sound fuses the melodic sense of indie rock and pop with the intimate, heartfelt lyrics of acoustic folk and singer-songwriters. They were born out of a collaboration that won them a JUNO Award and a John Lennon songwriting prize in 2014, and have gone on to win a Canadian Folk Music Award, from their six nominations.

Licensed for use in numerous commercials, films, and TV shows, their music is jam-packed with emotion and tight harmonies – the sound of two people working happily side-by-side, for the enjoyment of fans from Brazil to the Philippines.


Choose Forward


It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Oh It’s You Again

Nearly Human

Why Won’t My Brain Stop

All Done Up

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE



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