Tori Amos

Tori Amos[1] (born Myra Ellen Amos; August 22, 1963)[2] is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range.

[9] Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of five, the youngest person ever to have been admitted. She had to leave at the age of eleven when her scholarship was discontinued for what Rolling Stone described as “musical insubordination”.[10] 

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Her songs focus on a broad range of topics, including sexuality, feminism, politics, and religion.

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She has described seeing music as structures of light since early childhood, an experience consistent with chromesthesia:

The song appears as light filament once I’ve cracked it. As long as I’ve been doing this, which is more than thirty-five years, I’ve never seen the same light creature in my life. Obviously similar chord progressions follow similar light patterns, but try to imagine the best kaleidoscope ever—after the initial excitement, you start to focus on each element’s stunning original detail.

Amos, T., & Powers, A. (2005). Tori Amos, Piece by Piece. Broadway Books.


Upside Down

Upside Down Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, 1991


Putting the Damage On


“Tori Amos.” Wikipedia, Accessed 17 June 2022.

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