A native of Portland, Oregon, Hilary Downes knows how to ‘just put a bird on it.’ She got her start in entertainment in front lawn dance performances, piano recitals, and an ill-fated contest for the part of Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes” in high school.
Hilary co-wrote and recorded three albums with once-stalwarts of the Brooklyn music scene, The Snow -- with whom she performed throughout New York City between 2006-2012. The Snow also made appearances in Scandinavia, Russia and Los Angeles. C.Gibbs, Les Bandits and Bad Reputation are among the other bands with whom Hilary collaborates. She also assembles, produces and leads event-specific musical ensembles for weddings, synchronized swimming performances, parties, fundraisers and other events.
Hilary frequently brings her music into the New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, where she provides chamber concerts to patients. She is also a member of The Bushwick Book Club, in which musicians read and respond to books by writing and performing original new songs.
Her passionate interest in storytelling and human behavior informs all Hilary's pursuits. Professionally, she employs her talent in these areas in her work as a development consultant and producer. She is also a writer, world traveler, multi-linguist, trained martial artist – and a continuing practitioner of yoga, dance, and various other esoteric disciplines.