Tori Amos (full name Myra Ellen Amos) was born 22nd August 1963 and is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer from North Carolina, USA.
Credited for being one of the most talented and successful singer-songwriters of the 20th centur; Tori Amos had major chart success with hit singles: "Crucify", "Silent All These Years", "God", "Cornflake Girl", "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "Professional Widow", "Spark", "1000 Oceans", and "A Sorta Fairytale”.
At an early age Tori Amos studied the piano and began composing music, gaining a scholarship but had they taken away when her passion for rock music draw her away from her classical up-bringing , and she began playing at gay bars and piano bars at the tender age of 13 (accompanied by her father).
Describing herself as a “freak child” Tori Amos first started a band in 1986, Y Kant Tori Read but she found it difficult to sight read and the band failed to emulate any success and quickly disbanded.
Her big break came with her first solo album, Little Earthquakes which gave an insight into her life and then came her follow up Under the Pink (1993), which received critical acclaim and featured Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Tori Amos was heralded as the next big thing on the pop and rock circuit.
Tori Amos broke up with long-term boyfriend Eric Rosse (who produced her first two albums) and her next album Boys for Pele explored her feelings and was a darker album then her previous releases.
Suffering a miscarriage after Boys for Pele, Tori Amos went on to produce From The Choirgirl Hotel, which reached number 5 on the Billboard Album Chart and was commercially highly successful and received critical acclaim from the music press.
Tori Amos went onto get married and entered motherhood, which inspired her to write Strange Little Girls in 2001.
Her Choirgirl album was followed for the first time with a massive tour, and by 1999 with her album No Boundaries, she went to donate a massive amount to the refugee crisis in Kosovo. Tori Amos then toured with pop and rock songstress Alanis Morissette on her 5.5 Weeks Tour.
After 15 years signed to Epic Records, Tori Amos went on to sign to Universal Records and released a number of other albums To Venus and Back (1999), Strange Little Girls (2001), Scarlet's Walk (2002) and The Beekeeper (2005) before signing to Universal Republic and Deutsche Grammophon in 2011.