Track 2 from Hooked Like Helen's Tragedy Of Physics EP, "No Turning Back" premiered on CLASH Magazine who praised it as “a soaring, vastly uplifting piece of bouncy, addictive alt-pop”. The song was then used in the official movie trailer for High Strung: Free Dance, making it the 5th song in total that Nikki and Jon contributed to the film. The band’s single "Tear This Place Apart" premiered on the highly influential UK-based The Line Of Best Fit and received rave reviews from the publication. Hooked Like Helen has entered 2020 with a fresh set of musical placements in the wildly popular Netflix docu-series, CHEER. Nikki custom composed tracks for 9 scenes in 4 of the 6 episodes that aired in January 2020 and garnered tweets of approval from Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, and many more. The band is no stranger to scoring music for docu-series’; previously, Hooked Like Helen tracks "Get Well", "Surface Break", and "Concrete Tub" were placed on MTV’s Unlocking The Truth and were included in the show’s official Spotify playlist. Hooked Like Helen is now preparing a new EP for release in Summer 2020 and is slated to perform shows in L.A. and the Ohio area as the nation reopens under post-pandemic circumstances. The duo played a Livestream show from the historic 1500 seat Sandusky State Theatre on May 20th, broadcast to local fans via the Sandusky Register. This Hooked Like Helen show would be the last live performance on that stage before it was destroyed when the venue was severely damaged in a storm on June 10th. Fox 8 News Cleveland aired clips from the livestream on June 12th. 

Hooked Like Helen's sound embodies a unique vein of pop music; Nikki’s haunting, layered harmonies and lush vocal arrangements create a surreal atmosphere of simultaneous melancholy and hope, dissonance and resolve. Dark lyrical themes of existential pondering provide an eerie contrast to HLH’s sonic sensibilities in a timeless, ageless context in which melody reigns supreme. Piano hooks, intricate, rhythmic bass lines, and epic, driving drums carry the songs of Hooked Like Helen through a slightly sad world view, always with a groove and a constant sense of Pop.


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CHEER (Docu-series 2020) S01E2, E3, E5, E6

High Strung: Free Dance (2019)

High Strung: Free Dance (Official Trailer - 2019)

High Strung: Free Dance (Soundtrack): “Liar”, “No Turning Back”, “Surface Break”, “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Nashville (T.V. series) Promo

Keeping Up With The Kardashians (T.V. series) S12E14, E16, E17, E18, E19, E21 & S14E16

Bad Girls’ Club (T.V. series) S16E3

MTV’s Unlocking The Truth (Docu-series) S01E1, E5, E8

MTV’s Unlocking The Truth (Soundtrack): “Get Well”, “Surface Break”, “Concrete Tub”


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Hooked Like Helen

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In a house in the woods about 40 miles west of Cleveland, Hooked Like Helen began as the musical brainstorms of husband-and-wife, Jon and Nikki Stipp. Experimental home recordings quickly developed into an alt-pop vision; within a year of the project's inception, Nikki and Jon had shaped a new sound that reflected their truth and their influences in a seamless blend of organic and electronic production. The band’s 2019 five song EP, Tragedy Of Physics, co-produced by Nikki and long-time friend and  collaborator, Grammy-winning Isha Erskine, garnered international attention: The music video for the angsty-beautiful piano ballad "Liar" premiered on Radio Disney platforms and the song was included on the Motion Picture Soundtrack for High Strung: Free Dance. The film, which was released on Netflix on May 31st, 2020 and stars Thomas Doherty (Disney’s Descendants 2 and 3), Jane Seymour and Juliet Doherty, prominently features "Liar" in an emotional, groundbreaking dance sequence choreographed by Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance, Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’). "Liar" recently received an Honorable Mention as a finalist in the prestigious 2019 International Songwriting Competition in two categories. The ISC's panel of judges included Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Tom Waits, Bastille and other highly respected industry professionals.

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