Cabaret's Baddest Girl
Storm Large has been singing and slinging inappropriate banter at audiences around the globe for more than 15 years. Her blend of rock vocals, jazz influences and theater has made her a favorite of audiences looking for a new cabaret experience.
Storm shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.
Storm spent the ’90s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but 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 singing career that was about to be launched onto the international stage.
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 was featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy-winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famer George Clinton.
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 Large glowing reviews. 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.
In the 2013/14 season, Storm and her band, Le Bonheur, performed in many new cities around the country, including Las Vegas, Boston, and Minneapolis, in an evening called “Taken by Storm.” In June 2014, she appeared at the Ojai Festival with the exciting new orchestra The Knights and the vocal ensemble Hudson Shad.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“A new cool sophistication is coming to the tightly clustered female vocal jazz pack and her name is Storm Large…Large moves across genres to the point all lines are blurred. She doesn’t sing the songs, she makes the music.” –Critical Jazz
“Le Bonheur mixes tunes for the Great American Songbook with heavy metal, glam rock and French chanson. The arrangements are all varied and excellent…The Jacques Brel classic Ne me quitte pas has Storm smoothly shifting between French and English, and her harmonies on Unchained Melody with Waller are gorgeous…This is a great CD of vocals… this one is a winner.” –Audiophile Audition