SONGBIRD Storme Reeves is aiming to bring out the best in each singer’s talent as the new choral director of The Hills Choir.
The singer-songwriter takes the reins from Jean Bourgault, a former musical director who returned to the choir celebrating its 30th anniversary last year while the search for a new director was underway.
Music filled the artiste’s life from an early age and her love of singing harmonies has continued through her career.
Storme graduated with high distinctions from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 1998, where she won a scholarship to study classical voice, specialising in baroque music.
After university, she travelled with a friend to Europe and wrote songs for a demo album and some play out on her first album Images of Reality.
She later recorded the debut album at Perth’s ABC studios and continued to perform at local venues before securing a gig in a support act for John Farnham.
The career break led to performances alongside artists like Robert James from GANGgajang and Lucky Oceans.
A tour of the east coast led to an appearance at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, an agent and more performances, and in 2005, she formed her band Storme & the Weathermen.
Storme secured a distribution contract with MGM Green and radio play for her songs expanded to radio stations worldwide, film and TV licensing contracts, and CDs in the USA and Australia alongside artists Sarah Blasko and Angie Hart.
The singer uses her music to benefit the community through fundraising concerts, the first to raise money for Unicef and a second in 2007 to raise $10,000 for Victims of the Bush Fires in the Perth Hills.
Storme lives in Chidlow with her six-year-old daughter Jorja, who attends the children’s choir her mother started at the village primary school.
Hills Choir secretary Margie Wright said Storme was a fun-loving person who nurtured the joy and love of singing in each member.
The choir of soprano, alto, tenor and bass choristers is open to newcomers who are available for Monday rehearsals, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Mundaring Uniting Church.
Email thhillschoir @gmail.com or call Margie on 9295 6103.