Tori Amos


Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. She is a classically trained musician and has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has received eight Grammy nominations.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.… Read More

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1963 Birth Born on August 22, 1963.
1972 8 Years Old In 1972, the Amos family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, where her father became pastor of the Good Shepherd United Methodist church. … Read More


1977 13 Years Old Amos first came to local notice by winning a county teen talent contest in 1977, singing a song called "More Than Just a Friend". … Read More
1980 16 Years Old The song won the contest and became her first single, released as a 7" single pressed locally for family and friends during 1980 with another Amos-penned composition as a B-side, "Walking With You". … Read More


1986 22 Years Old In 1986, Amos formed a musical group, Y Kant Tori Read, the name of which was a reference to her days at the Peabody Conservatory, where she was able to play songs on her piano by ear, but was never successful at sight reading. … Read More
1988 24 Years Old Following several phases of writing and recording, during which Amos has since asserted that the band lost their musical edge and direction due to interference from record executives, in July 1988, the Y Kant Tori Read's self-titled debut album was released. … Read More
1989 25 Years Old Despite the disappointing reaction to Y Kant Tori Read, Amos still had to comply with her six-record contract with Atlantic Records, who in 1989 wanted a new record by March 1990. … Read More
1993 29 Years Old Amos traveled to New Mexico with personal and professional partner Eric Rosse in 1993 to write and largely record her second solo record, Under the Pink. … Read More


1996 32 Years Old Her third solo album, Boys for Pele, was released in January 1996. … Read More
1998 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Amos married English sound engineer Mark Hawley on February 22, 1998. Their only child, a daughter named Natashya "Tash" Lórien Hawley, was born on September 5, 2000, a few weeks after Tori's 37th birthday. The family divides its time among Sewall's Point in Florida, Kinsale (County Cork) in Ireland, and Bude in Cornwall in England. In June 1994, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a toll-free help line in the US connecting callers with their local rape crisis center, was founded. … Read More
2001 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Motherhood inspired Amos to produce a cover album, recording songs written by men about women and reversing the gender roles to show a woman's perspective. That idea grew into Strange Little Girls, released in September 2001, one year after giving birth to her daughter. … Read More
2002 38 Years Old In October 2002, Amos released Scarlet's Walk, another concept album. … Read More
2003 39 Years Old Not long after Amos was ensconced with her new label, she received unsettling news when Polly Anthony resigned as president of Epic Records in 2003. … Read More


2008 44 Years Old In May 2008, Amos announced that, due to creative and financial disagreements with Epic Records, she had negotiated an end to her contract with the record label, and would be operating independently of major record labels on future work. … Read More
2009 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Abnormally Attracted to Sin, Amos's tenth solo studio album and her first album released through Universal Republic, was released in May 2009 to mostly positive reviews. … Read More
2010 46 Years Old 1 More Event
During her contract with the label, Amos recorded vocals for two songs for David Byrne's collaboration album with Fatboy Slim, titled Here Lies Love, which was released in April 2010. … Read More
2011 47 Years Old In September 2011, Amos released her first classical music album, Night of Hunters, featuring variations on a theme to pay tribute to such renowned composers as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Satie and Schubert, through the Deutsche Grammophon label, a division of Universal Music Group. … Read More
2012 48 Years Old On May 1, 2012, Amos announced the formation of her own record label Transmission Galactic, which she intends to use to develop new artists. … Read More
In 2013, Amos collaborated with The Bullitts on the track "Wait Until Tomorrow" from their debut album They Die by Dawn & Other Short Stories.


2014 50 Years Old 1 More Event
She has also stated in an interview that a new album and tour will materialize in 2014 and that it will be a "return to contemporary music".
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