• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Helena Debono, Little Life


Heerlijk chillen op deze upbeat jazzy tunes van Helena Debono ... hmmmmm. Er hangt dan misschien een gevoel van droefheid over het nummer, dat geïnspireerd is op het boek (met dezelfde titel) van Hana Yanagihara, toch wordt je helemaal vrolijk van Little Life.

Helena licht toe: “I started to reflect on both my own and my friends’ experiences of suffering in love. From the outside everything looks great but only the people involved know the truth and how quickly things can change from being perfect to toxic.”

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From South West London comes Helena Debono, a young Jazz/Soul/Pop vocalist. She has been captivating audiences with her emotional renditions of Jazz standards and her own original music since she was a teenager. Her natural, effortless vocals have already received acclaim amongst the UK Jazz scene and leaves audiences wanting to hear more.


Although classically trained and enjoying all genres of music, it was whilst attending the Arts Educational Schools in London that she discovered her love of Jazz and songwriting. Under the tuition of amazing Jazz pianists Paul Smith and Gabriel Latchin, Helena soon found her Jazz voice and never looked back. She has performed at many venues including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Soho, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival and many more.


Helena graduated with a BA (hons) first class degree in Jazz Music from Leeds College of Music. She has performed at many venues in Leeds including the Brudenell Social Club and Hifi. Since returning to London, Helena became the Female vocalist for The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), during this time she was interviewed by Emma Smith for BBC Radio 3 “Jazz Now”.


In the Summer of 2019 Helena was thrilled to perform with ‘The London Gay Big Band’ at London Pride in Trafalgar Square. She has also performed with ‘The Puppini Sisters’ .

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