After about 1000 recording sessions and countless births , fights, tears, one untimely death, divorce, make ups and hundreds of hours of laughter THIS was the final session ever. We recorded at Henson Recording studios in Hollywood where we did the majority of the first few seasons and thus a cake was made and we ate it with ... GLEE.
I dropped out of high school at 14 so I missed all the high school stuff. My 5 years on Glee made up for that. I made friends for life on this show. Proud of that above all.
These guys. I mean look at this picture and tell me we are not a bunch of chancers. Looking forward to next summer back in Scotland with them both hope to get better at Golf with my bro and get my Dad up to the Hebrides for a holiday. CHEERS!
This shot was taken on the first day of recording my pop standards record by the talented photographer Tiffany Palmer. I like the simplicity and elegance of this shot. It captures a mood I like and was taken right before I started to sing.
Of all the things I remember fondly of my Xfactor experience THIS is the only one I can remember. A great guy who I had many great moments with who is soulful caring deep and as authentic as they come.. amazing to think he is one of the most famous people on earth. I think we snapped this after a game of Ping Pong in LA at the Jewish Women's community center. Love you Brother!
That is not a sweat stain on Adam's designer tee shirt ( although it might as well be ) this guy worked so hard its not funny on over 800 tunes for Glee AND was making records and movies had two kids a wife and family to take care of and all us oddball singers to babysit. He could have so easily phoned it in or approved things that sounded good " Enough" but he didn't.. he kept pushing for that thing I will never ever have " SWEDISH PERFECTION" and hot damn he got it!
Simply put my life changed dramatically over the five years I worked with him behind the wheel and will cherish all our late night talks in the lounge the most. How do you say Genius in Swedish?
You are looking at some of the best singers in the world and I am proud to have been such a small part of a massively influential musical television experience that changed peoples lives, inspired conversation and perhaps opened everyone's heart a little more. Glee is a record breaker for only one reason THE MUSIC. We laughed we cried we ate we fought we made up and we SANG OUR ASSES OFF!
Joy is a singer who truly is a Scots Girl through and through. We met to record a segment for my Travel Show and she even picked us up at Glasgow Queen street train station and drove us up to Loch Lomond in her cool wee car. We got to the spot where I wanted to shoot, the river was raging and the thunderous rain was so loud even I was considering calling it off. But when I asked her to sing accapella she didn't miss a beat and belted out a Gaelic tune..her voice cut through the cacophony of sound and was as clear as a bell. It was as if nature itself was listening. A beautiful singer and wonderful artist.
Another shot taken by photographer Tigran. I wanted my pop standards record to be stripped to only four players, bare bones really but not cold or boring. I wanted the casual rugged elegance of old Hollywood with elements of flight and innovation. which is what old movies really were when they were made. Chaplin, Gable, Huston, Wilder were all innovating a new style and way of living through a lense. When I launch my fragrance line..It will smell as confident, still, relaxed and mature as this photograph.
Awkward moment at the opening of VIVA ELVIS in Las Vegas with the very sexy Winona. Standing next to the Icon herself I was waiting for a table when a young fan approached with a paper and pen looking for an autograph. Winona lit up and smiled as the young Girl turned to me and said
"are you Storm from the Singing Bee on CMT?"
" Yes he is honey.. I watch him every week" Winona said
Awkward but cool.
Thanks for the pic and for being a total badass Winona Judd.
After a long night singing for The Trevor Project in Hollywood snapped this pic with the multi talented Darren and yes I am wearing guyliner which was normal for me that day.
Taken after a surf lesson in Venice Beach this shot indicates the deep love and wonder my doggy has for the sea... NOT. Adopting this little guy was the best idea I had that day and Id be nothing without him.
Emad is my cinematographer and a young Artist I am mentoring. He has been traveling with me shooting my travel show and also my documentary on Jazz Master "Little" Jimmy Scott. I have taken him to London, Scotland, Italy, Los Angeles, Cleveland, New York City and It a pleasure to watch his eyes open to the world as an Artist and young man. Massimo is the translator and I roped in to help us navigate the sometimes tough exterior of Italians. This shot was in front of the Coloseum in Rome day one of our shoot there and yes my suit is very blue and those are Persol baby!
I love this shot. Taken as the sun was rising on a lazy Sunday morning in spring overlooking the city of angels. I jumped up on this ledge as I knew to get the deco design elements we needed height. It was a long drop down but hey!
Photographer Tigran was a dream to work with. Id like to work with him again. Super chill.
I am an ocean loving Man. Not the best surfer in California but who cares.. being in the ocean is a meditation of sorts, Immersed in all that watery living energy. Not a day goes by without me being grateful to live in Southern California where I can do THIS everyday.
What a thrill to meet and chat with this amazing musician. He was playing at Disney Hall in Los Angeles and he was on top form as was his band. We chatted about his love of playing in Scotland particularly the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and when I visited Cuba and my love for the music and musicians there.
Disco lives baby! This lady has stories boy oh boy... a true class act who sings like no other. This was taken backstage after her show at Catalina Jazz Bar and Grill in Hollywood. Her infectious energy and openness moved me as did my sexy polka dot neck scarf. Don't leave me this way! smash hit with her name all over it! I was on my feet the whole show
This guy is Shalom Sharabi and he is a kabbalah teacher. We spent about two weeks on a bullet proof bus traveling around Israel in 2011 visiting many places tourists cannot ( and would not) go.
To say it changed my life would be about right. I cried more than I thought possible on this adventure and one day Ill tell you the whole story. I'm still thinking about it years later. This is us at the tomb of the prophet Samuel. We Student / Teacher broke up after he moved back to New York. Sucks but great while it lasted. Miss you man.