Tori Amos


Renowned American singer-songwriter, Tori Amos – the stage name for Myra Ellen Amos – was born in Newton, North Carolina, in 1963. Amos has been considered by international fans and critics a reference point in the rock music scene during the Nineties, not only for the particular colour of her voice, but also for her extremely distinctive sound and the composition of her music.

Tori’s strong passion for music appeared at a young age, together with her extraordinary piano aptitude, which has remained a fundamental element in her future musical production. Tori Amos has been extremely influenced by her contemporaneity and especially by her idols, in particular Led Zeppelin, Elton John, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix.

In the Eighties, she moved to Los Angeles where she managed to get noticed by Atlantic Records, which released her first album Y Kant Tori Read (1988) made of strong hard rock sonorities.

In agreement with Atlantic Records, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she approached the song-writing scene. From this experience, she published Little Earthquakes in 1992, which has reached two million copies sold. The album is a collection of amazing vocal virtuosities in which the piano is not an accompanying instrument but a real central element.

1994 is a key year for Tori: her album Under the Pink (1994) consecrated her to the international rock music scene. It is an extremely peculiar album, which deals with deep and, at times, uncomfortable themes with courage and stylistic elegance. The following ones Boys of Pele (1996), an album made of darker sounds, and From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998), a more intimate cross-section of the artist’s personal life, confirmed Amos’ success.

With Strange Little Girls (2001), a collection of covers with a common theme, the one of the female figures, Tori ended her collaboration with Atlantic Records and landed at Epic. In 2002, she published Scarlet’s Walk, which reflected a more stable and quiet moment of her life, as well as the following albums The Beekeeper (2005) and American Doll Posse (2007).

Starting from 2008, Tori Amos released her newest albums in complete autonomy, to be able to express at best her creativity and experiment with music, while remaining linked to the ever-addressed themes: the relationship with religion, the female figure in the world, the theme of family and sin. Abnormally Attracted to Sin (2008), Midwinter Graces (2009), Night of Hunters (2011), Gold Dust (2012), Unrepentant Geraldines (2014) are the product of this new era in the production of Tori.

Her latest album Native Invader (2007) is, once again, a reflection of the sound that Amos has created over the years: a characteristic intimate and powerful way of making music.





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