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.
Her solo project, Secrets of Birds, released a record in January 2017, available on digitally and on vinyl. Hilary has been inspired by and enjoyed longstanding collaboration and friendship with both C.Gibbs and Bad Reputation, as well as the pleasure of occasional appearances with Milkman and Sons on Sundays between 4-7p in Brooklyn. Hilary 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 freelance consultant, producer and head of production for branding and production companies. She is also on the roster of talent at Ax2Wood. Concurrent to her work in media production, Hilary is pursuing an Masters in Social Work at NYU.
Hilary is a writer, world traveler, multi-linguist, trained martial artist – and a continuing practitioner of yoga, dance, and various other esoteric disciplines.
Photo by Naomi White 2016