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Tori Amos

  • American musician
  • Born August 22, 1963

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos, August 22, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range. 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 was expelled at the age of 11 for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination". Amos was the lead singer of the short-lived 1980s pop group Y Kant Tori Read before achieving her breakthrough as a solo artist in the early 1990s.


I have so many different personalities in me and I still feel lonely.




Not everybody wants to have the same career. I think what's difficult is when you have two people that do something very, very similar and they both, say, want the limelight. That's very tricky.




Sometimes you need to take a departure from what you do to something that's slightly different in order to get inspiration.




I would love to compose something for dance before I kick the bucket, and I'm not closed-minded about the dance, or the dance company.




Sometimes you have to do what you don't like to get to where you want to be.




The violence betwen women is unbelievable. Women try to make each other crawl so that their knees are bleeding.




I am the worst influence. If you can't handle your vices, then I am the Devil.




Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.




I'm a hard worker. I get my hands dirty.




There are ways to stimulate being prolific, and part of that is making pilgrimages, and being open to listening, changing up the routine.




My father was a minister and so rock music was banned in our house.




You can be self-empowered and still learning about how you think about things daily.




My father has a pragmatic mind. He marched with Dr. King in the '60s, and he's very much for women's rights.




In our minds, love and lust are really separated. It's hard to find someone that can be kind and you can trust enough to leave your kids with, and isn't afraid to throw her man up against the wall and lick him from head to toe.




My father was a preacher in Maryland and we had crab feasts - with corn on the cob, but no beer, being Methodist - outside on the church lawn.




I usually get myself into situations that cause sparks. I mean I'm a girl that likes the storms. I love feeling alive, I love walking out in the cold in my bare feet and feeling the ice on my toes.




I love the classic crooners, but I got that from my mother - she worked in a record store.




Music is always a reflection of what's going on in the hearts and minds of the culture.




There are older men with younger women but you don't see a lot of older women with younger men. There are some women who have been able to do it but not often.




Many people lock a part of themselves away. It's a bit sacred.




When I was little, my mom tells me, I used to say things like, 'Mom do you hear the string section? Do you hear the string section?' And she would look at me and say, 'No honey, I don't know what you're talking about.'




It's been a thrilling journey - I have had to really learn that an orchestra is an entity - it's a creature. I have been calling it the dragon and the conductor is the dragon tamer. And you just have to... ride and don't let go and you will be fine.




I think everyone understands grief, the journey it takes us on, whether it's the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a disappointment. Some people don't deal with it, the power of it. Some do. Some feel the weight of it and it informs their choices. I've had to open up to grief in different contexts.




I don't mind a dirty girl. But what I find tragic is when we, as women, become not the subject of our own story but someone else's object.




Our world is a huge mess right now, and not big enough for masses of intolerant people.




Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don't fit into boxes.




The world that we all knew before, could wake up in feeling safe... now it seems that everything has been turned upside down.




A key to keeping your husband is getting him to miss you. That keeps a marriage fresh.




I'm not like a poker player. I'm not into bluff. My way is to look someone in the eye and tell them the way I'm intending to go. My cards are always on the table.




Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places, with great people - there's not a great downside to it.




Some of the biggest advocates for feminism seem to believe that in order to feel powerful you have to make another woman subservient, and that is not what feminism is about at all.




There is an energy that you carry when you're nurturing another life where you're protecting first - and once you know that cub is out of the way of the hunter's gun, you can be a little more daring.




I find that in the 21st century, there's not a lot of compassion for what other people are going through or the walk that they have to walk.




I'm not very social when I'm off the promo trail, because I step into wife and mother mode. It's very reclusive.




There is a time and a place for things. Sometimes one needs to put a filter on oneself. That can be a good thing.




When the mothers start to shatter, then everything just comes undone.



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