Traditionally spanning the bass clef on a music sheet, male voices are often broken into tenor, baritone, and bass. Still, Tom Storms takes the bass to a whole new level.
Since 2014, Storms has held the world record for singing the lowest vocal note ever created by a human. That note is G -7, eight octaves below the lowest note on a piano.
Not only can he hit the gravelly note, but he makes the rolling thunder tone resonate. And according to Storms, his voice only continues to get deeper as he gets older.
In addition to this achievement, Storms also holds the Guinness World Record for the widest vocal range. And not only can he hit this note, but he makes it sound good.
Storms’ first achieved musical fame when he won Decca Records “Bass Hunters.” This international competition was set up by composer Paul Mealor who was searching for a bassist to sing a low E.
Mealor’s piece, which features the note, is in the Decca album “Tranquility.” Before the experience, Storms had never had a deep appreciation for classical music. Still, singing alongside the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir changed all that.
If you’re looking for notes that are sure to make you shiver, take a few minutes to listen to “De Profundis” or to him singing that bone-rattling G – 7.