My name is Travisteen Helms. I'm a singer songwriter, born and raised in Ventura, California. Although I grew up listening to down home blues, R&B and Jazz, I also enjoyed country music. You could say I have an eclectic ear when it comes to music.

I started singing around the house at the early age of 7. From radio and T.V. I was deeply influenced by the likes of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lyn, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., and Willie Nelson. When I was 18 I learned the basics of piano and guitar, but I really didn't start performing until I was 22 years old. Feeling brave I auditioned and became the lead singer in a Rock & Roll Band called "The Full House".We were rated one of the ten best bands in Ventura, County.

Since then I moved to Vancouver, Wa., and attended Clark College. There I got some music theory under my belt and sang in the choir. Later I decided to take on private voice lessons to hone in on my vocal skills. Over the years, I've come to realize that my talent lies in song writing.

That is what brought me to Portland Songwriter Association. After joining, I got acquainted with the local writers in the Portland, Oregon area. During that time I hooked up with a famous blues artist by the name of Curtis Salgado. I collaborated with him on a tune entitled, "Beneath The Silver Moon." It's on his, "Wiggle Out of This" CD, song # 9.

In Vancouver I sang backup vocals on Carl Joiner's "CD" entitled, "A Better Place". Check it out on "CD" Baby, his music has a rich R&B flavor.

Most recently I've completed a Country CD entitled, "Can't Gamble Love". Vic Sorisio was the recording engineer and assisted me in producing the "CD". He also introduced me to a "dynamic", country singer by the name of Kimberly Hall (she is the lead vocalist on my country CD).When I heard her voice I was amazed. I felt I had truly found a gold mine. And when you hear her voice, you will understand why!

These original country tunes I'm presenting to you are true stories . And if you listen carefully, you will see my life unfold.

My CD can now be purchased on line at this link: .