Tori Amos

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Legal name: Ellen Amos


Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos; August 22, 1963) 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. She was expelled at age eleven for, in her own words, insisting on playing by ear and because of her interest in popular rock music. Amos originally served as the lead singer of short-lived 1980s pop group Y Kant Tori Read before achieving her breakthrough as a solo artist at the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s. She has since become one of the world's most prominent female singer-songwriters whose songs have discussed a broad range of topics including sexuality, feminism, politics and religion. She was also noteworthy early in her solo career as one of the few alternative rock performers to use a piano as her primary instrument. Some of her charting singles include "Crucify", "Silent All These Years", "God", "Cornflake Girl", "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "Professional Widow", "Spark", "1000 Oceans", "Flavor", and "A Sorta Fairytale", her most commercially successful single in the U.S. to date. Amos has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for and won several awards in different genres, ranging from MTV VMAs to classical music with an Echo award in 2012.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Little Earthquakes 4.8 10
1994 Under the Pink 4.4 13
1996 Boys for Pele 4.4 12
1998 From the Choirgirl Hotel 4.75 8
1999 To Venus and Back 4.8 7
2001 Strange Little Girls 4 15
2002 Scarlet's Walk 4.5 11
2005 The Beekeeper 3.85 9
2007 American Doll Posse 3.65 5
2009 Abnormally Attracted to Sin 4.5 6
2009 Midwinter Graces 6
2011 Night of Hunters 4 4
2012 Gold Dust 5 5
2014 Unrepentant Geraldines 3 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Tales of a Librarian 4.35 8
2006 A Piano: The Collection 5 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 2005-04-15: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA 1
2005 2005-04-25: Royce Hall Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
2005 2005-04-19: Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO, USA 1
2005 2005-06-05: Manchester Apollo, Manchester, UK 1
2005 2005-06-04: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK 1
2005 The Original Bootlegs 1
2005 2005-08-21: B of A Pavilion, Boston, MA, USA 1
2005 The Piano 1
2007 2007-10-13: Legs and Boots: Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NY, USA 1
2007 2007-10-15: Legs and Boots: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA, USA 1
2007 2007-10-18: Legs and Boots: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, USA 1
2007 2007-10-19: Legs and Boots: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, USA 1
2007 2007-10-21: Legs and Boots: Place Des Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada 1
2007 2007-10-23: Legs and Boots: Hummingbird Centre for Performing Arts, Toronto, ON, Canada 1
2007 2007-10-24: Legs and Boots: Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, USA 1
2007 2007-10-26: Legs and Boots: DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC, USA 1
2007 2007-10-27: Legs and Boots: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI, USA 1
2007 2007-10-30: Legs and Boots: Benedum Centre, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1
2007 2007-11-01: Legs and Boots: State Theatre, Cleveland, OH, USA 1
2007 2007-11-02: Legs and Boots: Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, USA 1
2007 2007-11-03: Legs and Boots: Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, USA 1
2007 2007-11-05: Legs and Boots: Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL, USA 1
2007 2007-11-06: Legs and Boots: The Vic Theater, Chicago, IL, USA 1
2007 2007-11-09: Legs and Boots: Lied Center, Lawrence, KS, USA 1
2007 2007-11-12: Legs and Boots: Andrew Jackson Hall TPAC, Nashville, TN, USA 1
2007 2007-11-17: Legs and Boots: Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Center, Fort Myers, FL, USA 1
2007 2007-11-18: Legs and Boots: King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL, USA 1
2007 2007-11-20: Legs and Boots: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL, USA 1
2007 2007-11-21: Legs and Boots: Kravis Center for the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL, USA 1
2007 2007-11-24: Legs and Boots: Nokia Theatre, Dallas, TX, USA 1
2007 2007-11-25: Legs and Boots: Jesse H. Jones Hall, Houston, TX, USA 1
2007 2007-11-30: Legs and Boots: Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise, ID, USA 1
2007 2007-12-03: Legs and Boots: Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, USA 1
2007 2007-12-11: Legs and Boots: Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, USA 1

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