Storm Large is a singer, actor, author and playwright whose unique charms and remarkable voice are quickly creating a space within the performing arts world that has been awaiting such an iconoclastic talent. Born in Massachusetts yet honing her skills in rock clubs up and down the West Coast, her voice has taken her from the crummiest of dumps to the stage of Carnegie Hall in front of The Detroit Symphony, with conductor Leonard Slatkin.
Storm spent the 90s singing in various bands in and around the Bay Area. Tired of the scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career in the culinary arts. A last minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club “Dante’s” turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn’t long before Storm had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed career that was about to be launched onto the international stage. Storm shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where, as is so true in so many reality TV shows, she lost the competition itself and yet came away with a fan base that follows her to this day.
Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she will be featured on their upcoming CD. Storm has also sung with celebrated punk auteur John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.
In 2010 she made her first foray into the orchestral world with the Oregon Symphony in 2010, and has returned for sold out performances each year thereafter. Storm made her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2013, singing Weill’sSeven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony as part of the Spring for Music festival. The NY Times called her “sensational,” and the classical music world had itself a new star.
In 2007, she took a career departure and starred in Portland Center Stage’s production of Cabaret with Wade McCollum. The show was a smash hit, earning glowing reviews and an extended run. Her next endeavor, the autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold out run in Portland. Storm went on to perform a cabaret version of the show to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival in Australia, and Joe’s Pub in New York. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, named Oprah’s Book of the Week, and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.
Storm is featured in Rid of Me, a film by Portlander James Westby, starring Katie O’Grady and Theresa Russell. In November and December of 2010, she starred at the Mark Taper Forum with Katey Sagal and Michael McKean in Jerry Zak’s production of Harps and Angels, a musical featuring the work of Randy Newman.