“Incredibly earnest… honest purity” – CBC Hamilton
A grand piano has 88 keys: Alex Whorms intends to play all of them throughout her career. The 2019 recipient of the Hamilton Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Music is a singer-songwriter quickly gaining recognition for her dramatic musical arrangements and imaginative lyrics.
Growing up in Ajax, a bedroom community outside of Toronto, Whorms immersed herself in the classical and theatrical works of Chopin, Beethoven, and Sondheim throughout her childhood: she holds a Grade 10 Piano Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and played lead characters in several community theatre productions.
After moving to Hamilton, Whorms began to write her own music, combining her classical roots with influences from genre-defying pop artists like Sarah Slean, Regina Spektor, and Sara Bareilles.
Since the 2017 release of her debut EP Our Lives, Whorms has adopted Hamilton’s blue-collar work ethic, having performed over 100 concerts in Canada and New York City, both as a soloist and with her band. Career highlights include performances at Hamilton’s 2018 Festival of Friends and Canadian Music Week 2019.
Her 2019 single “Sunset” debuted on CBC Radio One’s “In The Key of C”, and Our Lives charted on 93.3 FM CFMU’s Top 20, I Heart Hamilton’s Top 5, and on 93.1 WRUW.
“Alex’s organic approach to music…is hugely refreshing” – Amy King, Recording Engineer at Grant Avenue Studio
Whorms’ second EP, "Burgundy", is named for the colour of the stage curtains that framed her earliest performances. The five-track collection combines her love of the grand piano with aspects of orchestral, pop and indie music.