Tori Amos Birth Details
Tori Amos was born on August 22, 1963. She was born at the Old Catawba Hospital in Newton in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Tori Amos is a painter as well as a singer and songwriter. She composes songs of British and American citizenship.
Early Life of Tori Amos
- Tori Amos father was Rev. Dr. Edison and mother Mary Ellen Amos.
- She's grandparents were of European and Eastern Cherokee ancestry.
- Calvin Clinton Copeland was the greatest inspiration and guidance in Tori Amos childhood.
- Her family moved to Maryland when Tori Amos was two years old.
- She began to play the piano in Baltimore.
- As soon as she turned five she started composing instrumental pieces. By the age of nine started giving lyrics to her pieces.
First Step to Success
- In 1968 Tori Amos won a full scholarship to the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
- Later she lost the scholarship because of she interest in rock and popular music.
- Two years later, she joined Montgomery College and began playing at piano bars.
- She was accompanied by her father.
- She gained popularity for the first time by winning a county Teen Talent contest in 1977. She won it for singing a song called "More Than Just a Friend".
- She wrote another song that became her first single to be released locally for family and friends during 1980.
- Another composition, “Walking with you" also became popular.
- She used to perform under the name “Ellen”, but later adopted “Tori” as her name.
Achievements of Tori Amos
- Tori Amos has released nine studio albums in her complete solo career till now.
- Out of these seven albums were produced by her.
- Moreover, She has sung and released over 30 singles over 60 B-sides.
Tori Amos has contributed her singing in almost nine film soundtracks which includes:
- Higher Learning (1995)
- Great Expectations (1998)
- Mission: Impossible II (2000) and many others.
- She was holding the top position of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s.
- It was remarkable that so early in her career, she was one of the few rock performers to use piano as the primary instrument.
- She is popular for deep emotional songs.
- Her songs were based on a wide range of subjects such as sexuality, religion and some tragedies of her life.
Some of Tori Amos popular chart busters include :
- "Silent All These Years"
- "Cornflake Girl"
- "Caught a Lite Sneeze"
- Professional Widow"
- "A Sorta Fairytale"
- "Professional Widow"
- Tori Amos songs have sold 12 million records through out the world in the year 2005, and has a large number of fan following.
- She has created a history of making unconventional and vulgar comments during her concerts and interviews.
- She to a highly eccentric and peculiar image.
- She has also been a social critic and protester.
- She is mainly singing on topics include feminism, religion, and sexuality.
Tori Amos Awards
Grammy Awards won by her are as follows:
- 1995: Best Alternative Music Album for “Under The Pink,” nomination.
- 1997: Best Alternative Music Album for “Boys For Pele,” nomination
- 1999: Best Alternative Music Album for “From the Choirgirl Hotel”, nomination.
- 1999: Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Raspberry Swirl", nomination).
- 2000: Best Alternative Music Album for “To Venus and Back,” nomination.
- 2000: Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Bliss", nomination.
- 2002: Best Alternative Music Album for Strange Little Girls, nomination.
- 2002: Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Strange Little Girl", nomination.
- 2004: Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging for “Scarlet's Walk”, nomination.
- 2004: Best Dance Remix for “Don't Make Me Come to Vegas,” nomination.
- MTV Video Music Awards
- 1992: Best Female Video for "Silent All These Years", nomination.
- 1992: Best Cinematography in a Video for "Silent All These Years", nomination.
- 1992: Best New Artist In a Video for "Silent All These Years", nomination.
- 1992: Breakthrough Video for "Silent All These Years", nomination.
Recent Achievements of Tori Amos
- In July 2008, Image Comics released “Comic Book Tattoo”.
- It is a 480-page book containing 51 graphic stories, which are inspired by an Tori Amos song.
- The Editor Rantz Hoseley worked with Tori Amos for this series.