While some artists work to master their chosen genre and others may even manage to define one, Alex Whorms crafts music that is essentially a genre unto itself. From her beloved piano, the Hamilton singer, songwriter and composer flows freely and flawlessly between styles and sounds, gracefully blending classic singer-songwriter pop, jazz, rock, folk, classical and almost anything else that strikes her fancy — while investing everything with honest tales and authentic emotions drawn from her own life and experiences.
Not bad for someone who didn’t — and wouldn’t — listen to the radio until a few years ago. A self-described “classical music kid” who became a “musical theatre kid” in high school, Whorms went from practicing piano five hours a day to reading charts in pit bands and conducting choirs while still in her teens. She loved the dramatic melodies, the lyrics that told stories. She could handle Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Rodgers and Hammerstein. What she couldn’t handle was the Top 40. “I hated it,” she admits. “Pop music seemed so disingenuous to me when I was growing up. I used to have an iPod that I would listen to in the car so I didn’t have to hear the radio. I would go to the library, grab whatever CDs looked interesting, load them in and put them on shuffle.”
One day, the wheel landed on a Sarah Slean song, and Whorms’ world widened. “I found her music incredible because it was dramatic, and her lyrics are poetry. It was sensitive and beautiful. I could relate.” Slean led her to Regina Spektor and Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and Sara Bareilles, Gabrielle Aplin, Carole King, and Laila Biali — and before long, Whorms had found a new passion. A new obsession. And a new calling. She began studying the craft of songwriting, honing her skills as a performer and bandleader, sharpening her pen as a lyricist. From the beginning, her goal has been the same: To deliver honesty. Authenticity. Passion.
With two EP’s, several singles, and a 2019 Hamilton Arts Award to her name, Whorms has appeared on CBC Radio shows across Canada and performed on regional television programs (CHCH TV “Morning Live”, Cable 14 “Christmas At The Westdale” Special, “Ensemble!”, “Marz Garage”). She has toured across Ontario, hitting the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Temerty Theatre in Toronto (2023), Toronto Pride (2023), Canadian Music Week (2019), Hamilton’s Festival of Friends (2018, 2021, 2023) and New York City’s Sidewalk Cafe (2017). Her 2022 performance at Hamilton’s LIVELab sold out and her single, “Christmas Morning” was named one of CBC Music’s “Best new holiday songs of 2022”.
On top of that, the graduate of Humber College’s esteemed Music Composition program is also an in-demand session musician, screen composer, and content creator, most notably creating content for CBC Music and composing the soundtrack for the 2021 documentary “Why Didn’t I Leave?”, which premiered at the Hamilton Film Festival and examined the barriers faced by victims of domestic violence.
Whorms’ upcoming third EP, “Once, In A Dream”, features a collection of mesmerizing classical piano solos, composed during the Ontario lockdowns. Immersed in the profound peculiarity of the early days of the pandemic, Whorms found herself grappling with the inadequacy of words to encapsulate the bewildering experience. Instead, she instinctively turned to her classical piano roots, using the expressive power of the instrument to convey her ever-evolving emotions.
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