Big Little Lions is the ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten. Both successful singer/songwriters in their own right, they met while both on a conference songwriting member success panel and then a couple of years later started the band from afar, with Helen based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and Paul in Cincinnati, OH.
It was while Paul was producing for Helen's JUNO Award winning album that they became Big Little Lions and together they have won many awards including 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition, the top prize of Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Canadian Folk Music Awar 2015 for Ensemble of the Year. Their latest album, Just Keep Moving, was nominated for two 2016 Canadian Folk Music Wards for Contemporary Album and Vocal Group of the Year.
"The duo's sound mixes the new school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat. It also doesn't hurt that their songs are very catchy and aided by how well Austin and Otten's voices complement each other." Examiner
Both of them are hugely prolific songwriters and between them they have had hundreds of TV, movie and ad placements and are also often featured on CBC radio shows including The Vinyl Cafe.
"The conviviality and charm that are palpable in these 12 tunes sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by-side. But, then again, the natural pairing of Austin and Otten is an indication that distance is just a number, one that can't hold back real musical camaraderie. Big Little Lions' A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is a jubilant collection of folk-pop songcraft." Pop Matters
Their live show is quite the spectacle with Paul playing drums, bass and keyboard all while singing lead vocals with Helen, who is no slacker playing guitar and foot percussion. They use every limb, and then some, to make two people sound like a full band.
"The Way Home is one of those songs that you'll think you've heard before the first time you hear it. It's just so infectious that it sinks into your consciousness from the first listen." Guitar World
Their music has been featured on TV including MTV's Catfish, ABC's The Vineyard, NBC's The Night Shift, CBS's Elementary, movie trailers, Microsoft, Ikea and McDonald's commercials.
"This team of Otten and Austin is bound for some huge things and listeners will be grateful for being part of the ride."