Orcas audiences have watched Stormy Hildreth grown up on stage, and now she is presenting her first full-length concert and CD release party.
Hildreth, who just turned 16, will sing songs from her album “Stormy Side of the Moon” on Friday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. on Orcas Center’s main stage. She will be joined by musicians Martin Lund, Brian Kirk, Dan O’Brien and Lonnie Mardis.
“It feels incredible. I always hoped I would release a CD early on but I didn’t expect it to happen,” said Hildreth. “It’s a huge relief to have it in my hands after the many months of work we put into it.”
She will perform tracks from the album, which consists of jazz standards like “Night and Day,” “Summertime,” “Moonlight in Vermont” and “Stormy Weather.” Hildreth will also sing a few Christmas tunes and other favorites. Orcas Center is sponsoring the concert, and tickets are $17 and $13 for students at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1. There are $5 subsidized tickets available at the box office.
Hildreth is a sophomore at Spring Street International School, where she will be teaching her own choir this spring. She is also a vocal coach and piano teacher in her spare time. She has been performing as a singer, actor and musician in a wide variety of Orcas productions since she was 10 years old. She has taken the lead in theatre playing Helen Keller in the “Miracle Worker” and supporting acting and singing roles in “A Christmas Carol,” “Oliver,” “Across the Universe,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Our Town.” Hildreth won both Orcas Has Talent junior competition and Orcas Has Talent adult contest. In 2016, she performed in a music festival in Las Vegas, and was the recipient of Orcas Center’s “Bunny” award. In just the past year, Hildreth has performed in the Orcas Island Jazz Festival, One World Music Festival, Rock of Orcas and Enchanted Forest Cabaret.
Hildreth was on break from attending the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts last winter when her piano and music theory teacher Lund suggested they make a CD. She chose to not return to Los Angeles in order to participate in more Orcas shows and create the album. Lund and Hildreth picked nine jazz songs, and recorded the album in Jim Bredouw’s studio with Lund on saxophone, clarinet and piano, Brian Kirk on drums, Chuck Deardorf on bass and guitarist Dave Peterson on guitar. Jake Perrine mixed and mastered the recording, and Gene Nery took the cover art photography.
“Martin pulled together an all-star band,” said Hildreth. “And then I had the honor of playing with Chuck and Brian in the One World Festival.”
The CDs will be sold after the Dec. 22 show, and then they will be available to purchase at Crow Valley Pottery, Ray’s Pharmacy, Island Market and Sea View Theatre or by contacting Hildreth directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hildreth sang her first jazz standard, “Blue Moon,” in one of Deborah Sparks’ “Enchanted Forest” productions, and began exploring the genre in her musical studies.
“My vocal coach Grace McCune said jazz really suits my voice and Martin also inspired me to like it,” she said.