Tori Amos Biography
Tori Amos is an American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer. This hugely talented recording artist is a classically trained musician who is known in the music circuits for being one of the few alternative rock singers to use a piano as her primary instrument. From her early work in a band to a noteworthy solo career, she has had an immensely successful career and has achieved great heights in the world of music. The lyrical content of her later works is so powerful and confrontational that it’s said to help women deal with abuse and the ensuing emotional trauma of misogyny. While the fond listener grows fonder of her music, the critics are busy praising the intensity and uniqueness of her work.
Tori Amos Age
Tori was born on August 22, 1963 and is currently 55 years old as of 2018. Her birth sign is Leo.
Tori Amos Height
Tori is 5 feet and 2 inches tall.
Tori Amos Family|Early Life
Tori was born in North Carolina, to Mary Ellen and the Reverend Edison Amos. She began to play the piano when she was two and had started composing by five. After receiving scholarship, she joined the Preparatory Division of the ‘Peabody Conservatory of Music’. By the age of 11, she had developed a taste for rock and pop music and refused to read sheet music. Following her expulsion, she began playing at gay bars and piano bars, chaperoned by her father.
She won a county teen talent contest singing ‘More Than Just a Friend’ in 1977. After establishing herself in the piano player in the Washington D.C., she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.
As a senior at Richard Montgomery High School, she co-wrote “Baltimore” with her brother Mike Amos for a competition involving the Baltimore Orioles. The song won the contest and became her first single, released as a 7″ single pressed locally for family and friends in 1980 with another Amos-penned composition as a B-side, “Walking With You”. Before this, she had performed under her middle name, Ellen, but permanently adopted Tori after a friend’s boyfriend told her she looked like a Torrey pine, a tree native to the West Coast.
Tori Amos Career
At 17 Tori had a stock of homemade demo tapes that her father regularly sent out to record companies and producers. Producer Narada Michael Walden responded favorably. He and Tori cut some tracks together, but none were released. Eventually, Atlantic Records responded to one of the tapes, when A&R man Jason Flom flew to Baltimore to audition her in person, the label was convinced and signed her.
In 1984, Amos moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career after several years performing on the piano bar circuit in the D.C. area.
Y Kant Tori Read (1986–89)
In 1986, she formed a musical group called “Y Kant Tori Read” named for her difficulty sight reading. The band went through several iterations of songwriting and recording; Amos has said interference from record executives caused the band to lose its musical edge and direction during this time. Finally, in July 1988, the band’s self-titled debut album “Y Kant Tori Read”, was released. Although its producer, Joe Chiccarelli, stated that Amos was very happy with the album at the time Amos has since criticized it, once remarking: “The only good thing about that album is my ankle high boots.”
The Atlantic years (1990–2001)
Even after the the disappointing reaction to Y Kant Tori Read, Amos still had to comply with her six-record contract with Atlantic Records, which, in 1989, wanted a new record by March 1990. The initial recordings were declined by the label, which Amos felt was because the album had not been properly presented. The album was reworked and expanded under the guidance of Doug Morris and the musical talents of Steve Caton, Eric Rosse, Will MacGregor, Carlo Nuccio, and Dan Nebenzal, resulting in Little Earthquakes, an album recounting her religious upbringing, sexual awakening, struggle to establish her identity, and sexual assault. This album became her commercial and artistic breakthrough, entering the British charts in January 1992 at Number 15.Little Earthquakes was released in the United States in February 1992 and slowly but steadily began to attract listeners, gaining more attention with the video for the single “Silent All These Years”.
Tori traveled to New Mexico with partner Eric Rosse in 1993 to write and largely record her second solo record “Under the Pink”. The album was received with mostly favorable reviews and sold enough copies to chart at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, a significantly higher position than the preceding album’s position at No. 54 on the same chart. However, the album found its biggest success in the UK, debuting at number one upon release in February 1994.
Her third solo album “Boys for Pele” was released in January 1996. The album was recorded in an Irish church, in Delgany, County Wicklow with Amos taking advantage of the church’s acoustics. For this album, Amos used the harpsichord, harmonium, and clavichord as well as the piano. The album garnered mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its intensity and uniqueness while others bemoaned its comparative impenetrability. Despite the album’s erratic lyrical content and instrumentation, the latter of which kept it away from mainstream audiences, Boys for Pele is Amos’s most successful simultaneous transatlantic release, reaching No. 2 on the UK Top 40 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 upon its release.
“From the Choirgirl Hotel” and To “Venus and Back”, released in May 1998 and September 1999, respectively, differ greatly from previous albums. Tori’s trademark acoustic, piano-based sound is largely replaced with arrangements that include elements of electronica and dance music with vocal washes. The underlying themes of both albums deal with womanhood and Amos’s own miscarriages and marriage. Reviews for From the Choirgirl Hotel were mostly favorable and praised Amos’s continued artistic originality. Debut sales for From the Choirgirl Hotel are Amos’s best to date, selling 153,000 copies in its first week. To Venus and Back, a two-disc release of original studio material and live material recorded from the previous world tour, received mostly positive reviews and included the first major-label single available for sale as a digital download.
After giving birth to her daughter, Tori decided to record a cover album, taking songs written by men about women and reversing the gender roles to reflect a woman’s perspective. That became Strange Little Girls, released in September 2001. The album is Amos’s first concept album, with artwork featuring Amos photographed in character of the women portrayed in each song. Amos would later reveal that a stimulus for the album was to end her contract with Atlantic without giving them original songs; Amos felt that since 1998, the label had not been properly promoting her and had trapped her in a contract by refusing to sell her to another label.
The Epic years (2002–07)
With her Atlantic contract fulfilled after a 15-year stint, Tori signed to Epic in late 2001. In October 2002, Amos released “Scarlet’s Walk” another concept album. Described as a “sonic novel”, the album explores Amos’s alter ego, Scarlet, intertwined with her cross-country concert tour following 9/11. Through the songs, Amos explores such topics as the history of America, American people, Native American history, pornography, masochism, homophobia and misogyny. The album had a strong debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. Scarlet’s Walk is Amos’s last album to date to reach certified gold status from the RIAA.
Not long after Amos was ensconced with her new label, she received unsettling news when Polly Anthony resigned as president of Epic Records in 2003. Anthony had been one of the primary reasons Amos signed with the label and as a result of her resignation, Amos formed the Bridge Entertainment Group. Further trouble for Amos occurred the following year when her label, Epic/Sony Music Entertainment, merged with BMG Entertainment as a result of the industry’s decline. Amos would later hint in interviews that during the creation of her next album, those in charge at the label following the aforementioned merger were interested “only in making money”, the effects of which on the album have not been disclosed.
Amos released two more albums with the label, The Beekeeper (2005) and American Doll Posse (2007). Both albums received generally favorable reviews. The Beekeeper was conceptually influenced by the ancient art of beekeeping, which she considered a source of female inspiration and empowerment. Through extensive study, Amos also wove in the stories of the Gnostic gospels and the removal of women from a position of power within the Christian church to create an album based largely on religion and politics. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, placing her in an elite group of women who have secured five or more US Top 10 album debuts. While the newly merged label was present throughout the production process of The Beekeeper, Amos and her crew nearly completed her next project, American Doll Posse, before inviting the label to listen to it. American Doll Posse, another concept album, is fashioned around a group of girls (the “posse”) who are used as a theme of alter-egos of Amos’s. Musically and stylistically, the album saw Amos return to a more confrontational nature. Like its predecessor, American Doll Posse debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.
During her tenure with Epic Records, Amos also released a retrospective collection titled Tales of a Librarian (2003) through her former label, Atlantic Records; a two-disc DVD set Fade to Red (2006) containing most of Amos’s solo music videos, released through the Warner Bros. reissue imprint Rhino; a five disc box set titled A Piano: The Collection (2006), celebrating Amos’s 15-year solo career through remastered album tracks, remixes, alternate mixes, demos, and a string of unreleased songs from album recording sessions, also released through Rhino; and numerous official bootlegs from two world tours, The Original Bootlegs (2005) and Legs & Boots (2007) through Epic Records.
The Universal Republic years (2008–11)
Come 2008, Amos announced that, due to creative and financial disagreements with Epic Records, she had negotiated an end to her contract with the record label, and would be operating independently of major record labels on future work. In September of the same year, Amos released a live album and DVD, Live at Montreux 1991/1992, through Eagle Rock Entertainment, of two performances she gave at the Montreux Jazz Festival very early on in her career while promoting her debut solo album, Little Earthquakes. By December, after a chance encounter with chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, Doug Morris, Amos signed a “joint venture” deal with Universal Republic Records.
“Abnormally Attracted to Sin” Amos’s tenth solo studio album and her first album released through Universal Republic, was released in May 2009 to mostly positive reviews. The album debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, making it Amos’s seventh album to do so. Abnormally Attracted to Sin, admitted Amos, is a “personal album”, not a conceptual one, with the album exploring themes of power, boundaries, and the subjective view of sin. Continuing her distribution deal with Universal Republic, Amos released Midwinter Graces, her first seasonal album, in November of the same year. The album features reworked versions of traditional carols, as well as original songs written by Amos.
After a brief tour from June to September 2010, Tori released the highly exclusive live album From Russia With Love in December the same year, recorded live in Moscow on September 3, 2010. The limited edition set included a signature edition Lomography Diana F+ camera, along with 2 lenses, a roll of film and 1 of 5 photographs taken of Tori during her time in Moscow. The set was released exclusively through toriamos.com and only 2000 copies were produced.
Universal Music (2012–present)
In September 2011, Amos released her first classical-style music album, Night of Hunters, featuring variations on a theme to pay tribute to composers such as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Satie and Schubert, on the Deutsche Grammophon label, a division of Universal Music Group. Amos recorded the album with several musicians, including the Apollon Musagète string quartet.
To mark the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Little Earthquakes (1992), Amos released an album of songs from her back catalogue re-worked and re-recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. The album, titled Gold Dust, was released in October 2012 through Deutsche Grammophon.
On May 1, 2012, Amos announced the formation of her own record label, Transmission Galactic, which she intends to use to develop new artists.
In 2013, Amos collaborated with the Bullitts on the track “Wait Until Tomorrow” from their debut album, They Die by Dawn & Other Short Stories. She also stated in an interview that a new album and tour would materialize in 2014 and that it would be a “return to contemporary music”.
September 2013 saw the launch of Amos’s musical project adaptation of George MacDonald’s the Light Princess, along with book writer Samuel Adamson and Marianne Elliott. It premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre and ended in February 2014. The Light Princess and its lead actress, Rosalie Craig, were nominated for Best Musical and Best Musical Performance respectively at the Evening Standard Award. Craig won the Best Musical Performance category.
Amos’s 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, was released on May 13, 2014, via Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics in the US. Its first single, “Trouble’s Lament”, was released on March 28. The album was supported by the Unrepentant Geraldines Tour which began May 5, 2014, in Cork and continued across Europe, Africa, North America, and Australia, ending in Brisbane on November 21, 2014. In Sydney, Amos performed two orchestral concerts, reminiscent of the Gold Dust Orchestral Tour, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
According to a press release, Unrepentant Geraldines was a “return to her core identity as a creator of contemporary songs of exquisite beauty following a series of more classically-inspired and innovative musical projects of the last four years. both one further step in the artistic evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, and a return to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for all around the world.”
The 2-CD set The Light Princess (Original Cast Recording) was released on October 9, 2015 via Universal/Mercury Classics. Apart from the original cast performances, the recording also includes two songs from the musical (“Highness in the Sky” and “Darkest Hour’) performed by Tori Amos.
In early 2016, Amos announced via Twitter that the album Boys For Pele is slated for a deluxe reissue later in the year, following the deluxe re-releases of her first two albums in 2015.
On April 22, 2017, Amos announced that her new album, Native Invader, would be released in September, accompanied by a world tour. During the summer of 2017, Amos launched three songs from the upcoming album: “Cloud Riders”, “Up the Creek” and “Reindeer King”, the latter featuring string arrangements by John Philip Shenale. Produced by Amos, the album explores topics like American politics and environmental issues, mixed with mythological elements and first-person narrations. The initial inspiration for the album came from a trip that Amos took to the Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee-North Carolina), home of her Native American ancestors; however, two events deeply influenced the final record: in November 2016, Donald Trump became President of the United States of America; two months later, in January 2017, Amos’s mother, Maryellen, suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak. Shocked by both events, Amos spent the first half of 2017 writing and recording the songs that would eventually form Native Invader. The album, released on September 8, 2017, has been presented in two formats: standard and deluxe. The standard version includes 13 songs, while the deluxe edition adds two extra songs to the tracklist: “Upside Down 2” and “Russia”. Native Invader has been well-received by most music critics upon release. The album obtained a score of 76 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic, based on 17 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Tori Amos Net worth
Tori has earned a decent amount of net worth which as per celebrity net worth net worth is around $60 million as of 2019.
Tori Amos Husband And Children
Tori got married to “Mark Hawley” on February 22, 1998. They welcomed their first child “Natashya Lorien Hawley” in 2000.
Tori Amos Albums
- Little Earthquakes (1992)
- Under the Pink (1994)
- Boys for Pele (1996)
- From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998)
- To Venus and Back (1999)
- Strange Little Girls (2001)
- Scarlet’s Walk (2002)
- The Beekeeper (2005)
- American Doll Posse (2007)
- Abnormally Attracted to Sin (2009)
- Midwinter Graces (2009)
- Night of Hunters (2011)
- Gold Dust (2012)
- Unrepentant Geraldines (2014)
- Native Invader (2017)
Tori Amos Songs
- Bells for Her
- Big Wheel
- Blue Skies
- Bouncing Off Clouds
- Caught a Lite Sneeze
- Cornflake Girl
- Don’t Make Me Come to Vegas
- Famous Blue Raincoat
- Glory of the 80’s
- Hey Jupiter
- In the Springtime of His Voodoo
- Jackie’s Strength
- Lady in Blue
- Losing My Religion
- Maybe California
- Me and a Gun
- Past the Mission
- Pretty Good Year
- Professional Widow
- Putting the Damage On
- Raspberry Swirl
- Silent All These Years
- A Silent Night with You
- Sleeps with Butterflies
- Smells Like Teen Spirit
- A Sorta Fairytale
- Strange Little Girl
- Sweet the Sting
- Taxi Ride
- Trouble’s Lament
- Velvet Revolution
- Welcome to England
- Yes, Anastasia
Tori Amos Little earthquakes
Little earthquakes is the debut solo album by Tori, featuring the singles “Silent All These Years”, “China”, “Winter” and “Crucify”. The album was first released in the UK on January 6, 1992.
When the album was finally released in the UK in January 1992, it reached number 14 and remained on the Top 75 charts (UK Albums Chart) for 23 weeks. A month later, it was released in the USA to breakthrough critical success and also announced itself as a chart mainstay, despite peaking outside the Top 50 on the Billboard 200. The accompanying singles (along with “Me and a Gun” and “Silent All These Years”) were “China” (January 1992 UK), “Winter” (March 1992 UK/November 1992 US) and “Crucify” (May 1992 US/June 1992 UK), the US EP version of which featured covers of songs by artists including The Rolling Stones and Nirvana.
Tori Amos Cornflake Girl
Cornflake girl is a song by Tori Amos. It was released as the first single from her second studio album Under the Pink. It was released on January 10, 1994, by EastWest Records in the UK, and on May 5, 1994, by Atlantic Records in North America. Singer Merry Clayton provided backup singing and sang the “man with the golden gun” bridge.
Tori Amos Silent All These Years
Silent All These Years is a song Tori. It was released as the second single from her debut studio album Little Earthquakes. It was originally released in November 1991 in the UK by EastWest Records. It was released in North America in April 1992 by Atlantic Records and was later used to promote awareness of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). In the UK the single was re-released on August 10, 1992.
The video for “Silent All These Years” was the first of Amos’s solo career. It was shot by Cindy Palmano over the course of two days.
Tori Amos Tours
Little Earthquakes Tour
Amos’s first world tour began on January 29, 1992 in London and ended on November 30, 1992 in Auckland. She performed solo with a Yamaha CP-70 unless the venue was able to provide a piano. The tour included 142 concerts around the globe.
Under the Pink Tour
Amos’s second world tour began on February 24, 1994 in Newcastle upon Tyne and ended on December 13, 1994 in Perth, Western Australia. Amos performed solo each night on her iconic Bösendorfer piano, and on a prepared piano during “Bells for Her”. The tour included 181 concerts.
Dew Drop Inn Tour
The third world tour began on February 23, 1996 in Ipswich, England, and ended on November 11, 1996 in Boulder. Amos performed each night on piano, harpsichord, and harmonium, with Steve Caton on guitar on some songs. The tour included 187 concerts.
Plugged ’98 Tour
The tour began on April 18, 1998 in Fort Lauderdale and ended on December 3, 1998 in East Lansing, Michigan, including 137 concerts.
Sinful Attraction Tour
The North American and European band tour began on July 10, 2009 in Seattle, Washington and ended in Warsaw on October 10, 2009. A solo leg through Australia began in Melbourne on November 12, 2009 and ended in Brisbane on November 24, 2009. The entire tour featured 63 concerts.
Night of Hunters tour
It kicked off on September 28, 2011 in Finland, Helsinki Ice Hall and ended on December 22, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.
Gold Dust Orchestral Tour
Tori Amos kicked off her 2012 tour in Rotterdam on October 1.
Unrepentant Geraldines Tour
Tori began her 2014 world tour on May 5, 2014 in Cork, Ireland, and concluded it in Brisbane, Australia on November 21, after playing 73 concerts.
Native Invader Tour
Amos’s 2017 tour in support of the Native Invader album kicked off on September 6, 2017, with a series of European shows in Cork, Ireland, moving on to North America in October.
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