Tori Amos Biography
Tori Amos was born Myra Ellen Amos on August 23, 1963 in Newton, North
Carolina USA and raised in Maryland; she began playing the piano aged
two and a half and by the age of four, she was singing and playing piano
in the church choir. Amos, while attending high school in Washington D.C.
started performing in local clubs and writing own material; in 1980 under
the real name of Ellen Amos recorded her first single.
During the following years she persevered in writing her own songs playing music along with ex-Mr. Mister Steve Farris, Matt Sorum future drummer for The Cult and Guns N' Roses, ex-Poco Kim Bullard and other artists, in the meantime, Tori Amos, refashioned herself as Pop-Rock singer + songwriter and scored a deal with Atlantic Records.
In October 1991 appeared her first 4-track EP "Me And A Gun" and at the start of the new year was released the official debut full-length disc, "Little Earthquakes"; the record reached the #54 position on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart spawning two Modern Rock top 30 hits: "Crucify" and "Silent All These Years".
She resurfaced in February of 1994 with the release of "Under The Pink", on which Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails made a guest appearance, this album hit #1 in the U.K. and debuted at #12 on The Billboard Top 200 in the U.S. where the single "God" rose to #1 on The Modern Rock chart; "Cornflake Girl", exploded on the radio and became a staple for European stations reaching the #4 slot on the U.K. Singles chart and peaked at #12 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart propelling the album to platinum sales in the United States; the final single, "Pretty Good Year", was another huge hit in Britain where ascended into the top 10 of the National chart.
In 1995 she duetted with Robert Plant,
on the song "Down By The Seaside", it can be found on the Led
Zeppelin tribute album 'Encomium'.
Amos' third album, "Boys For Pele", released with a two years gap between it and its predecessor, peaked at #2 on the U.S. Top 200 chart spawning "Caught A Lite Sneeze" which reached #13 on The Modern Rock Tracks and the British #1 smash "Professional Widow"; the record also included the single "In The Springtime Of His Voodoo" which was a huge club success.
In May of 1998 appeared her fourth full-length album, "From The Choirgirl Hotel", the record entered the top 10 on both U.S. and Canadian Pop charts while "Spark" hit #49 on The Billboard Hot 100 becoming her highest charting single to date, this track also grabbed a #13 spot on The Modern Rock chart and was followed by the Billboard's Hot Dance smash "Jackie's Strength" plus the Canadian top 20 hit "Raspberry Swirl".
Following the 1999's "Five And A Half Weeks" tour with Alanis Morissette, Tori Amos released a double-CD set called "To Venus And Back" which included a disc of all live tracks as well as a disc of new material; the collection rose to #12 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list and generated the minor hit single "Bliss".
She returned two years later with an album of cover versions of songs written by men about women entitled "Strange Little Girls", the record broke into the top 10 of the North American charts and reached the top 20 in Great Britain.
In late October of 2002 the singer released her seventh album and the
first on Epic Records, "Scarlet's Walk"; it peaked at #7 on
The Billboard Top 200 spawning a series of hit singles: "Sort Of
Fairytale" was a top 10 in Canada and received strong airplay on
adult contemporary stations Stateside, "Taxi Ride" was a minor
success and the third single cut, "Don't Make Me Come To Vegas",
broke into the top 10 of the Billboard's Hot Dance chart.
The next year Tori Amos released the greatest hits album, "Tales Of A Librarian".
In February 2005 she delivered an album of all-new-material "The Beekeeper" which debuted at #5 on The Billboard 200; however, the album's two singles, "Sleeps With Butterflies" and "Sweet The Sting", failed to rise beyond the lower reaches of the charts.
Her next record, 2007's "American Doll Posse", equaled the peak position of its immediate predecessor on the U.S. Top 200 chart and yielded the minor hit single "Big Wheel".
May 2009 saw Tori Amos release her tenth studio album, "Abnormally
Attracted To Sin", another innovative chapter in the artist's trailblazing
story. The 17-song set included the Adult Rock radio top 10 hit single "Welcome To England".
That same year she enlisted the help of a Big Band and an Orchestra with John Philip Shenale arrangements to create her first seasonal album, "Midwinter Graces".
In September 2011 the prolific singer + songwriter released "Night Of Hunters" on the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, an orchestral concept album inspired by classical pieces of the past 400 years.
One year later, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the artist's debut album, Tori Amos put out "Gold Dust"; the track-listing for the album doesn't read like a collection of her greatest hits, although it includes a number of her best-loved songs re-worked and recorded with the Metropole Orchestra.
Tori Amos is back with "Trouble's Lament", the first taste of a brand new album titled "Unrepentant Geraldines", which is det to drop on May 13, 2014, via Mercury Classics.