Tori Amos

Born 22 August 1963.
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Tori Amos performs two songs in the Radio 2 green room for Sir Terry

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Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos; August 22, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. She is a classically trained musician and possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has been nominated eight times for a Grammy Award.

Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the youngest person ever to have been admitted, at age five. She was expelled at age eleven for, in her own words, insisting on playing by ear and because of her interest in popular rock music. Amos originally served as the lead singer of short-lived 1980s pop group Y Kant Tori Read before achieving her breakthrough as a solo artist as the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s. She has since become one of the world's most prominent female singer-songwriters whose songs have discussed a broad range of topics from sexuality, feminism and religion . She was also noteworthy early in her solo career as one of the few alternative rock performers to use a piano as her primary instrument. Some of her charting singles include "Crucify", "Silent All These Years", "God", "Cornflake Girl", "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "Professional Widow", "Spark", "1000 Oceans", "Flavor", and "A Sorta Fairytale", her most commercially successful single in the U.S. to date. Amos has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for and won several awards in different genres, ranging from MTV VMAs to classical music with an Echo award in 2012.

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  1. Review of Gold Dust

    Gold Dust 2012

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    Plusher, more refined versions of Amos’ more autobiographical tracks.
  2. Review of Night of Hunters

    Night of Hunters 2011

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    Hard work, but this is an album which reveals rewards.
  3. Review of Abnormally Attracted To Sin

    Abnormally Attracted To Sin 2009

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    A bit of a meal to get through, with random styles zigzagging about.
  4. Review of American Doll Posse

    American Doll Posse 2007

    Reviewed by Jerome Blakeney
    ...She's still pushing her own boundaries.
  5. Review of Little Earthquakes

    Little Earthquakes 1992

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    A candid, original voice, causing mighty tremors with tender tiptoes.
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