Tori Amos is one of the few alternative rock musicians whose instrument of choice is the piano and not the guitar. Besides being a classically trained-musician, Amos is also an incredible singer and an accomplished songwriter. She has sold more than 12 million albums and been nominated for 8 Grammy Awards.
Amos possesses a haunting and indelible voice. Lyrically, she’s verbose, heady, and mature. She tackles deep subjects like religion, feminism, and sexual identity and does so with grace and aplomb. Furthermore, her music has been used by women dealing with trauma and hurt.
The above paragraph does not sound like the description of one of popular music’s most exciting live performers. In 2003, readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted her as the fifth best live act. She’s famous for constantly changing her set lists so no two shows are ever the same.
Amos started performing in bars and clubs when she was 13. Since then, Tori Amos tickets have been collected all over the world.
Tori Amos was born on Aug. 22, 1963 as “Myra Ellen Amos.” Her father was a doctor and a reverend. She later adopted the stage name of “Tori” because a boy said the name suited her.
Amos began playing the piano when she was two years old. She won a scholarship to attend a music school but was eventually asked to leave. Amos said she was dismissed because of her fondness for rock and roll and her inability to read music.
Y Kant Tori Read
In the late 1980s, Amos fronted a band called Y Kant Tori Read (named after her struggles with sight reading). The band released an album in 1988 that has since gone out of print—Amos has no intention of resurrecting it. She reportedly likes the album but doesn’t hold much fondness for the experience. She accuses record executives of quelling the band’s edge. The band broke up after the album’s release.
Amos reached her commercial peak in the mid-1990s thanks to the success of Under the Pink (1994) and Boys for Pele (1996). Under the Pink was eventually certified 2x platinum and Boys for Pele peaked at number two.
Amos released a successful live album, To Venus and Back, in 1999. That record went as high as number twelve and earned her a Platinum sales certification.