Helan Abdulla, pka Helly Luv (November 16, 1988) is a recording artist. She is of Kurdish descent and born during the Persian Gulf War. Helly and her family escaped death by fleeing to Turkey for safety, yet homeless living under the bridge and begging for money. Fortunately, their application to become citizens of Finland was approved, allowing her and her family to be one of the first Kurdish immigrants to live there.
Growing up in Finland was not easy for Helly. She was bullied for not looking like everyone else as well as for being from a different culture. Unlike most Finnish children, all of her clothes and toys were either second hand or donated. This type of treatment forced Helly to find an outlet for which she would channel her anger and depression. She took an interest in singing in a neighborhood choir and then broadens her interest by playing the piano, and taking drama classes, allowing her to feel more accepted. Dancing became her primary focus and afforded her an opportunity to compete in European Dance Championships and soon signed a contract with Finland’s Nike Woman.
At the age of 18, she felt ready to pursue her next step. She saved all her money to purchase a plane ticket to Los Angeles. Helly came to LA believing in the “American Dream,” yet nothing came out as planned. She got robbed, almost raped, and blackmailed for all her savings. It was difficult for her to find the right people that would take her seriously. Helly continued to push on, but the life she had dreams about was not shaping into the future she had hoped it would. Suddenly, reality hit her hard. She went three weeks without electricity, eating crackers to survive, and had to deal with a landlord who frequently used her apartment to have sex with hookers.
This experience discouraged Helly and made her feel it was the wrong risk to take. Just before giving up and leaving America, she received a MySpace message from music producer Los Da Mystro, requesting her to call him. Helly made the phone call and sang her heart out. In response to her telephone audition, he flew her out to New York the next day. They met and she signed her first development deal. She had the opportunity to work with The Dream and inspired him to write her a new record.
Recently, she signed with G2 Music Group to execute a new project for her. Helly’s new album will be produced by Gawain “G2” Bracy II and has a world dance sound to it. The first release will be titled “Risk It All.”