Tori Amos
Tori Amos in concert at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, 2017
Tori Amos in concert at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, 2017
Background information
Birth nameMyra Ellen Amos
Also known as
  • Ellen Amos
  • Tess Makes Good
Born (1963-08-22) August 22, 1963 (age 60)
Newton, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
DiscographyTori Amos discography
Years active1979–present
Formerly ofY Kant Tori Read

Tori Amos[7] (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.[8] 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".[9] 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. Her songs focus on a broad range of topics, including sexuality, feminism, politics, and religion.

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.[10] Amos has received five MTV VMA nominations and eight Grammy Award nominations, and won an Echo Klassik award for her Night of Hunters classical crossover album. She is listed on VH1's 1999 "100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll" at number 71.[11]

Early life and education

Amos is the third child of Mary Ellen (née Copeland) and Edison McKinley Amos.[12] She was born on August 22, 1963[13] at the Old Catawba Hospital in Newton, North Carolina, during a trip from their Georgetown home in Washington, D.C.,[14] and was named Myra Ellen Amos.[7]

When she was two years old, her family relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where her father had moved his Methodist ministry from its original base in Washington, D.C. Her older brother and sister took piano lessons, but Tori did not need them. From the time she could reach the piano, she taught herself to play: when she was two, she could reproduce pieces of music she had only heard once,[15] and, by the age of three, she was composing her own songs. 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. For instance, the sound of the words with the sound of the chord progression combined with the rhythm manifests itself in a unique expression of the architecture of color-and-light. ... I started visiting this world when I was three, listening to a piece by Béla Bartók; I visited a configuration that day that wasn't on this earth. ... It was euphoric.[16]

At five, she became the youngest student ever admitted to the preparatory division of the Peabody Institute.[17][18] She studied classical piano at Peabody from 1968 to 1974.[17] In 1974, when she was eleven, her scholarship was discontinued, and she was asked to leave. Amos has asserted that she lost the scholarship because of her interest in rock and popular music, coupled with her dislike for reading from sheet music.[19][15][20]

In 1972, the Amos family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, where her father became pastor of the Good Shepherd United Methodist church. At thirteen, Amos began playing at gay bars and piano bars, chaperoned by her father.[19][15][21]

Amos won a county teen talent contest in 1977, singing a song called "More Than Just a Friend".[18] As a senior at Richard Montgomery High School, she co-wrote "Baltimore" with her brother, Mike Amos, for a competition involving the Baltimore Orioles. The song did not win the contest but became her first single, released as a 7-inch single pressed locally for family and friends in 1980 with another Amos-penned composition as a B-side, "Walking With You". Before this, she had performed under her middle name, Ellen, and was considering the stage name "Sammy Jaye[22]" at the time, but permanently adopted "Tori" after a friend's boyfriend told her she looked like a Torrey pine, a tree native to the West Coast.[23][24][25]

Cherokee references

Amos references Native American culture, history and spirituality in her music and visual art. In September 2000, makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin "transformed Tori Amos into a Cherokee woman named Ton'ingina" for his book "Face Forward."[26] She has spoken about ancestors on her mother's side who claimed Cherokee descent. Of particular importance to her as a child was her maternal grandfather, Calvin Clinton Copeland, who self-identified as "part Cherokee". She has cited him as a great source of inspiration and guidance, offering a pantheistic spiritual alternative to her father and paternal grandmother's traditional Christianity.[27]

Amos maintains that her great-grandmother, Little Margaret (Margaret Loraine Little) who, along with her husband, is recorded as white on the US census,[28][29] was Cherokee and evaded the Trail of Tears by taking refuge in the Great Smoky Mountains, her family's place of residence.[30][31] Amos took a trip through the Smokies which formed the creative basis for her album Native Invader. In her memoir, Piece by Piece, she talks about the experience of these Confederate ancestors, Margaret Little and Grandaddy Calvin Rice, during the American Civil War, and says that they had gotten "all worked up" by "the preacher", and that like other farmers were scared of "losin' everythin' to them greedy Yankees." [sic] Amos writes that she felt her Great Grandmother "was just defending her home at a certain point."[32]

Amos’s sister, Marie Amos Dobyns, is featured on the National Institutes of Health website; in her bio, she is listed as an "elder" in the Association of American Indian Physicians,[33] an organization that admits members based on self-identification.[34] Dobyns was inducted in 2002. The NIH biography also mentions Dobyns's participation in the Indians Into Medicine program in the 1970s, and that during this time she was President of the Association of Native American Medical Students.[33] She says in her bio that during this time she also spent time on "the Cherokee reservation, for two more summers, this time in North Carolina"[33] but the Eastern Band Cherokee community is not a "reservation", but a "reserve" known as "Qualla Boundary."[35][36] Dobyns has also claimed that her "mother's clan is the Blue Clan".[37]

Neither Amos, nor any of the family members she has named, are on the rolls used for confirming citizenship in, or descent from, the Cherokee peoples, such as the Baker Roll, the Dawes Rolls, or the Henderson Roll, all of which are publicly available.[38] While talking to The Guardian about taking Ayahuasca and attending sweatlodge ceremonies with her sister, Amos has also said, “I’m not in a position to speak for First Nation people – that’s a sacred task".[30]


1979–1989: Career beginnings and Y Kant Tori Read

By the time she was 17, Amos had a stock of homemade demo tapes that her father regularly sent out to record companies and producers.[18] Producer Narada Michael Walden responded favorably: he and Amos cut some tracks together, but none were released.[18] Eventually, Atlantic Records responded to one of the tapes, and, when A&R man Jason Flom flew to Baltimore to audition her in person, the label was convinced and signed her.[17]

In 1984, Amos moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career[18] after several years performing on the piano bar circuit in the Washington, D.C. area.

In 1986, Amos formed a musical group called Y Kant Tori Read, named for her difficulty with sight-reading.[39] In addition to Amos, the group was composed of Steve Caton (who would later play guitars on all of her albums until 1999), drummer Matt Sorum, bass player Brad Cobb and, for a short time, keyboardist Jim Tauber. The band went through several iterations of songwriting and recording; Amos has said interference from record executives caused the band to lose its musical edge and direction during this time. Finally, in July 1988, the band's self-titled debut album, Y Kant Tori Read, was released. Although its producer, Joe Chiccarelli, stated that Amos was very happy with the album at the time,[40] Amos has since criticized it, once remarking: "The only good thing about that album is my ankle high boots."[41]

Following the album's commercial failure and the group's subsequent disbanding, Amos began working with other artists (including Stan Ridgway, Sandra Bernhard, and Al Stewart) as a backup vocalist. She also recorded a song called "Distant Storm" for the film China O'Brien. In the credits, the song is attributed to a band called Tess Makes Good.[42]

1990–1995: Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink

Amos smiling
Amos in 1993 Alexandra Palace, London

Despite the disappointing reaction to Y Kant Tori Read, Amos still had to comply with her six-record contract with Atlantic Records, which, in 1989, wanted a new record by March 1990. The initial recordings were declined by the label, which Amos felt was because the album had not been properly presented.[43] The album was reworked and expanded under the guidance of Doug Morris and the musical talents of Steve Caton, Eric Rosse, Will MacGregor, Carlo Nuccio, and Dan Nebenzal, resulting in Little Earthquakes, an album recounting her religious upbringing, sexual awakening, struggle to establish her identity, and sexual assault.[17] This album became her commercial and artistic breakthrough, entering the British charts in January 1992 at Number 15.[17] Little Earthquakes was released in the United States in February 1992 and slowly but steadily began to attract listeners, gaining more attention with the video for the single "Silent All These Years".[17]

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. The album was received with mostly favorable reviews and sold enough copies to chart at No. 12 on the Billboard 200,[44] a significantly higher position than the preceding album's position at No. 54 on the same chart.[45] However, the album found its biggest success in the UK, debuting at number one upon release in February 1994.

1996–2000: Boys for Pele, From the Choirgirl Hotel, and To Venus and Back

Amos in 1996

Her third solo album, Boys for Pele, was released in January 1996. Prior to its release, the first single, "Caught a Lite Sneeze" became the first full song released for streaming online prior to an album's release.[46][47]

The album was recorded in a church in Delgany, County Wicklow, Ireland, with Amos taking advantage of the church's acoustics. For this album, Amos used the harpsichord, harmonium, and clavichord as well as the piano. The album garnered mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its intensity and uniqueness while others bemoaned its comparative impenetrability. Despite the album's erratic lyrical content and instrumentation, the latter of which kept it away from mainstream audiences, Boys for Pele is Amos' most successful simultaneous transatlantic release, reaching No. 2 on the UK Top 40[48] and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 upon its release.[44]

Fueled by the desire to have her own recording studio to distance herself from record company executives, Amos had the barn of her home in Cornwall, UK converted into the state-of-the-art recording studio of Martian Engineering Studios.[49]

From the Choirgirl Hotel and To Venus and Back, released in May 1998 and September 1999, respectively, differ greatly from previous albums. Amos' trademark acoustic, piano-based sound is largely replaced with arrangements that include elements of electronica and dance music with vocal washes. The underlying themes of both albums deal with womanhood and Amos' own miscarriages and marriage. Reviews for From the Choirgirl Hotel were mostly favorable and praised Amos' continued artistic originality. Debut sales for From the Choirgirl Hotel are Amos' best to date, selling 153,000 copies in its first week.[50] To Venus and Back, a two-disc release of original studio material and live material recorded from the previous world tour, received mostly positive reviews and included the first major-label single available for sale as a digital download.[51]

2001–2004: Strange Little Girls and Scarlet's Walk

Shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Amos decided to record a cover album, taking songs written by men about women and reversing the gender roles to reflect a woman's perspective.[52][53] That became Strange Little Girls, released in September 2001. The album is Amos' first concept album, with artwork featuring Amos photographed in character of the women portrayed in each song.[53] Amos would later reveal that a stimulus for the album was to end her contract with Atlantic without giving them original songs; Amos felt that since 1998, the label had not been properly promoting her and had trapped her in a contract by refusing to sell her to another label.[54]

With her Atlantic contract fulfilled after a 15-year stint, Amos signed to Epic in late 2001. In October 2002, Amos released Scarlet's Walk, another concept album. Described as a "sonic novel", the album explores Amos' alter ego, Scarlet, intertwined with her cross-country concert tour following 9/11. Through the songs, Amos explores such topics as the history of America, American people, Native American history, pornography, masochism, homophobia and misogyny. The album had a strong debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.[44][55] Scarlet's Walk is Amos' last album to date to reach certified gold status from the RIAA.[56]

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. Anthony had been one of the primary reasons Amos signed with the label and as a result of her resignation, Amos formed the Bridge Entertainment Group. Further trouble for Amos occurred the following year when her label, Epic/Sony Music Entertainment, merged with BMG Entertainment as a result of the industry's decline.[57]

2005–2008: The Beekeeper and American Doll Posse

Amos in concert in October 2007

Amos released two more albums with Epic, The Beekeeper (2005) and American Doll Posse (2007). Both albums received generally favorable reviews.[58][59] The Beekeeper was conceptually influenced by the ancient art of beekeeping, which she considered a source of female inspiration and empowerment. Through extensive study, Amos also wove in the stories of the Gnostic gospels and the removal of women from a position of power within the Christian church to create an album based largely on religion and politics. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200,[44][60] placing her in an elite group of women who have secured five or more US Top 10 album debuts.[61] While the newly merged label was present throughout the production process of The Beekeeper, Amos and her crew nearly completed her next project, American Doll Posse, before inviting the label to listen to it. American Doll Posse, another concept album, is fashioned around a group of girls (the "posse") who are used as a theme of alter-egos of Amos'. Musically and stylistically, the album saw Amos return to a more confrontational nature.[62] Like its predecessor, American Doll Posse debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.[44]

During her tenure with Epic Records, Amos also released a retrospective collection titled Tales of a Librarian (2003) through her former label, Atlantic Records; a two-disc DVD set Fade to Red (2006) containing most of Amos' solo music videos, released through the Warner Bros. reissue imprint Rhino; a five disc box set titled A Piano: The Collection (2006), celebrating Amos' 15-year solo career through remastered album tracks, remixes, alternate mixes, demos, and a string of unreleased songs from album recording sessions, also released through Rhino; and numerous official bootlegs from two world tours, The Original Bootlegs (2005) and Legs & Boots (2007) through Epic Records.

2008–2011: Abnormally Attracted to Sin and Midwinter Graces

Amos in 2010

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.[63][64] In September of the same year, Amos released a live album and DVD, Live at Montreux 1991/1992, through Eagle Rock Entertainment, of two performances she gave at the Montreux Jazz Festival very early on in her career while promoting her debut solo album, Little Earthquakes. By December, after a chance encounter with chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, Doug Morris, Amos signed a "joint venture" deal with Universal Republic Records.[65][66][67][68]

Abnormally Attracted to Sin, Amos' tenth solo studio album and her first album released through Universal Republic, was released in May 2009 to mostly positive reviews. The album debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200,[69] making it Amos' seventh album to do so.[70] Abnormally Attracted to Sin, admitted Amos, is a "personal album", not a conceptual one, with the album exploring themes of power, boundaries, and the subjective view of sin.[71] Continuing her distribution deal with Universal Republic, Amos released Midwinter Graces, her first seasonal album, in November of the same year. The album features reworked versions of traditional carols, as well as original songs written by Amos.[72]

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,[73] which was released in April 2010. In July of the same year, the DVD Tori Amos- Live from the Artists Den was released exclusively through Barnes & Noble.

After a brief tour from June to September 2010, Amos released a live album From Russia With Love in December the same year, recorded in Moscow on September 3, 2010. The limited edition set included a signature edition Lomography Diana F+ camera, along with two lenses, a roll of film and one of five photographs taken of Amos during her time in Moscow. The set was released exclusively through her website and only 2000 copies were produced.[74][75]

2011–2015: Night of Hunters, Gold Dust, and Unrepentant Geraldines

In September 2011, Amos released her first classical-style music album, Night of Hunters, featuring variations on a theme to pay tribute to composers such as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Satie and Schubert, on the Deutsche Grammophon label, a division of Universal Music Group. Amos recorded the album with several musicians, including the Apollon Musagète string quartet.

To mark the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Little Earthquakes (1992), Amos released an album of songs from her back catalogue re-worked and re-recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. The album, titled Gold Dust, was released in October 2012 through Deutsche Grammophon.[76]

On May 1, 2012, Amos announced the formation of her own record label, Transmission Galactic, which she said she intended to use to develop new artists.

In 2013, Amos collaborated with the Bullitts on the track "Wait Until Tomorrow" from their debut album, They Die by Dawn & Other Short Stories. She also stated in an interview that a new album and tour would materialize in 2014 and that it would be a "return to contemporary music".[77]

September 2013 saw the launch of Amos' musical project adaptation of George MacDonald's The Light Princess, along with book writer Samuel Adamson and Marianne Elliott. It premiered at London's Royal National Theatre and ended in February 2014. The Light Princess and its lead actress, Rosalie Craig, were nominated for Best Musical and Best Musical Performance respectively at the Evening Standard Award. Craig won the Best Musical Performance category.

Amos' 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, was released on May 13, 2014, via Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics in the US. Its first single, "Trouble's Lament", was released on March 28. The album was supported by the Unrepentant Geraldines Tour which began May 5, 2014, in Cork and continued across Europe, Africa, North America, and Australia, ending in Brisbane on November 21, 2014. In Sydney, Amos performed two orchestral concerts, reminiscent of the Gold Dust Orchestral Tour, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.[78]

According to a press release, Unrepentant Geraldines was a "return to her core identity as a creator of contemporary songs of exquisite beauty following a series of more classically-inspired and innovative musical projects of the last four years. [It is] both one further step in the artistic evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, and a return to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for all around the world."[79]

The 2-CD set The Light Princess (Original Cast Recording) was released on October 9, 2015, via Universal/Mercury Classics. Apart from the original cast performances, the recording also includes two songs from the musical ("Highness in the Sky" and "Darkest Hour') performed by Amos.[80]

2016–present: Native Invader, Christmastide and Ocean to Ocean

Amos seated at a piano
Amos on stage in 2017

On November 18, 2016, Amos released a deluxe version of the album Boys for Pele to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original release.[81] This follows the deluxe re-releases of her first two albums in 2015.

On September 8, 2017, Amos released Native Invader, accompanied by a world tour.[82] During the summer of 2017, Amos launched three songs from the album: "Cloud Riders", "Up the Creek", and "Reindeer King", the latter featuring string arrangements by John Philip Shenale. Produced by Amos, the album explores topics like American politics and environmental issues, mixed with mythological elements and first-person narrations.

The initial inspiration for the album came from a trip that Amos took to the Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee-North Carolina), home of her alleged Native American ancestors; however, two events deeply influenced the final record: in November 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America; two months later, in January 2017, Amos' mother, Mary Ellen, had a stroke that left her unable to speak. Shocked by both events, Amos spent the first half of 2017 writing and recording the songs that would eventually form Native Invader. The album, released on September 8, 2017, was presented in two formats: standard and deluxe. The standard version includes 13 songs, while the deluxe edition adds two extra songs to the tracklist: "Upside Down 2" and "Russia". Native Invader was well received by most music critics upon release. The album obtained a score of 76 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic, based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[83]

On November 9, 2020, Amos announced the release of a holiday-themed EP entitled Christmastide on December 4, digitally and on limited-edition vinyl. The EP consists of four original songs and features her first work with bandmates Matt Chamberlain and Jon Evans since 2009. Amos recorded the EP remotely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.[84]

On September 20, 2021, Amos announced her sixteenth studio album, Ocean to Ocean, which was released on October 29. The album was written and recorded in Cornwall during lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and explores "a universal story of going to rock bottom and renewing yourself all over again".[85] Amos embarked on a European and United States tour in support of the album in 2022, and is continuing to support the album with a European Tour in 2023.[86] Matt Chamberlain and Jon Evans will again feature on drums and bass guitar respectively, their first collaboration with Amos on an album since 2009's Midwinter Graces.[87] For the 2022 and 2023 tour, Amos was joined by Jon Evans and the drummer Ash Soan.[88]

She appeared at the EPIX original docuseries Women Who Rock which premiered on July 10, 2022.[89][90]

In 2023, Amos and Trevor Horn covered Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)".[91] She also released a remix dance single titled "Tequila," produced by Paul Woolford (DJ).[92]

In print

Amos and her music have been the subject of numerous official and unofficial books, as well as academic critique, including Tori Amos: Lyrics (2001) illustrated by Herb Leonhard, and an earlier biography, Tori Amos: All These Years (1996) by Kalen Rogers.[93][94][95]

Released in conjunction with The Beekeeper, Amos co-authored an autobiography with rock music journalist Ann Powers titled Piece by Piece (2005). The book's subject is Amos' interest in mythology and religion, exploring her songwriting process, rise to fame, and her relationship with Atlantic Records.[96][97]

Image Comics released Comic Book Tattoo (2008),[98] a collection of comic stories, each based on or inspired by songs recorded by Amos. Editor Rantz Hoseley worked with Amos to gather 80 different artists for the book, including Neil Gaiman, Carla Speed McNeil, Mark Buckingham, C.B. Cebulski, Nikki Cook, Hope Larson, John Ney Reiber, Ryan Kelly, Pia Guerra, David Mack, and Leah Moore.[99]

Tori Amos: In the Studio (2011) by Jake Brown features an in-depth look at Amos' career, discography, and recording process.[100] Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (2013) by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek explores the ways women are represented in pop culture and the many-layered relationships female fans build with feminist musicians in general and with Tori Amos in particular.[101]

Tori Amos' Boys for Pele (2018) by Amy Gentry uses a blend of memoir, criticism, and aesthetic theory in order to argue that the aesthetics of disgust are useful of thinking in a broader way about women's experience of all art forms.[102] Amos released her second memoir, called Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage on 5 May 2020.[103][104]

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes (2022) by Tori Amos and Neil Gaiman is an official graphic novel celebrating 30 years of Tori Amos' breakout album Little Earthquakes.[105]

Personal life

Amos married English sound engineer Mark Hawley on February 22, 1998[18] and they have one daughter, Natashya Lórien Hawley, born September 5, 2000. They live in Bude, UK.

Amos's mother, Mary Ellen, died on May 11, 2019.[106]

Amos appearing at a 2014 talk by Neil Gaiman

Early in her professional career, Amos befriended author Neil Gaiman, who became a fan after she referred to him in the song "Tear in Your Hand" and also in print interviews.[107][108] Although created before the two met, the character Delirium from Gaiman's The Sandman series is inspired by Amos; Gaiman has stated that they "steal shamelessly from each other".[109] She wrote the foreword to his collection Death: The High Cost of Living; he in turn wrote the introduction to Comic Book Tattoo. Gaiman is godfather to her daughter, and a poem written for her birth, "Blueberry Girl", was published as a children's book of the same name in 2009.[110] In 2019, Amos performed the British standard "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"[111] over the closing credits of season one of Gaiman's TV series Good Omens, based on the novel of the same name written by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.


In June 1994, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a toll-free help line in the US connecting callers with their local rape crisis center, was founded. Amos stated in a 1994 interview that she was raped at knife point when she was 22 but she has never reported said event to the authorities. [112] She answered the ceremonial first call to launch the hotline.[113] She was the first national spokesperson for the organization and has continued to be closely associated with RAINN.[114] On August 18, 2013, a concert in honor of her 50th birthday was held, an event which raised money for RAINN.[115] On August 22, 2020, Amos appeared on a panel called Artistry & Activism at the diversity and inclusion digital global conference CARLA.[116][117]


Main article: Tori Amos discography

Studio albums


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Amos, who has been performing in bars and clubs from as early as 1976 and under her professional name as early as 1991, has performed more than 1,000 shows[when?] since her first world tour in 1992. In 2003, Amos was voted fifth best touring act by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Her concerts are notable for their changing set lists from night to night.[citation needed]

Little Earthquakes Tour

Amos' first world tour began on January 29, 1992, in London and ended on November 30, 1992, in Auckland. She performed solo with a Yamaha CP-70 unless the venue was able to provide a piano.[119][120] The tour included 142 concerts around the globe.

Under the Pink Tour

Amos' second world tour began on February 24, 1994, in Newcastle upon Tyne and ended on December 13, 1994, in Perth, Western Australia. Amos performed solo each night on her iconic Bösendorfer[citation needed] piano, and on a prepared piano during "Bells for Her". The tour included 181 concerts.

Dew Drop Inn Tour

The third world tour began on February 23, 1996, in Ipswich, England, and ended on November 11, 1996, in Boulder. Amos performed each night on piano, harpsichord, and harmonium, with Steve Caton on guitar on some songs. The tour included 187 concerts.

Plugged '98 Tour

Amos' first band tour. Amos, on piano and Kurzweil keyboard, was joined by Steve Caton on guitar, Matt Chamberlain on drums, and Jon Evans on bass. The tour began on April 18, 1998, in Fort Lauderdale and ended on December 3, 1998, in East Lansing, Michigan, including 137 concerts. Highlights from the tour were included on the live disc of To Venus and Back.

5 ½ Weeks Tour / To Dallas and Back

Amos' fifth tour was North America–only. The first part of the tour was co-headlining with Alanis Morissette and featured the same band and equipment line-up as in 1998. Amos and the band continued for eight shows before Amos embarked on a series of solo shows. The tour began on August 18, 1999, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and ended on December 9, 1999, in Denver, including 46 concerts.

Strange Little Tour

This tour was Amos' first since becoming a mother in 2000 and her first tour fully solo since 1994 (Steve Caton was present on some songs in 1996). It saw Amos perform on piano, Rhodes piano, and Wurlitzer electric piano, and though the tour was in support of her covers album, the set lists were not strictly covers-oriented. Having brought her one-year-old daughter on the road with her, this tour was also one of Amos' shortest ventures, lasting just three months. It began on August 30, 2001, in London and ended on December 17, 2001, in Milan, including 55 concerts.

On Scarlet's Walk / Lottapianos Tour

Amos' seventh tour saw her reunited with Matt Chamberlain and Jon Evans, but not Steve Caton. The first part of the tour, which featured Amos on piano, Kurzweil, Rhodes, and Wurlitzer, was six months long and Amos went out again in the summer of 2003 for a tour with Ben Folds opening. The tour began on November 7, 2002, in Tampa and ended on September 4, 2003, in West Palm Beach, featuring 124 concerts. The final show of the tour was filmed and released as part of a DVD/CD set titled Welcome to Sunny Florida (the set also included a studio EP titled Scarlet's Hidden Treasures, an extension of the Scarlet's Walk album).

Original Sinsuality Tour / Summer of Sin

This tour began on April 1, 2005, in Clearwater, Florida, with Amos on piano, two Hammond B-3 organs, and Rhodes. The tour also encompassed Australia for the first time since 1994. Amos announced at a concert on this tour that she would never stop touring but would scale down the tours. Amos returned to the road in August and September for the Summer of Sin North America leg, ending on September 17, 2005, in Los Angeles. The tour featured "Tori's Piano Bar", where fans could nominate cover songs on Amos' website which she would then choose from to play in a special section of each show. One of the songs chosen was the Kylie Minogue hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head", which Amos dedicated to her the day after Minogue's breast cancer was announced to the public. Other songs performed by Amos include the Doors' "People Are Strange", Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus", Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game", Madonna's "Live to Tell" and "Like a Prayer", Björk's "Hyperballad", Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" (which she debuted in Austin, Texas, just after the events Hurricane Katrina), Kate Bush's "And Dream of Sheep" and Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over", dedicating it to drummer Paul Hester who had died a week before. The entire concert tour featured 82 concerts, and six full-length concerts were released as The Original Bootlegs.

American Doll Posse World Tour

This was Amos' first tour with a full band since her 1999 Five and a Half Weeks Tour, accompanied by long-time bandmates Jon Evans and Matt Chamberlain, with guitarist Dan Phelps rounding out Amos' new band.[121] Amos' equipment included her piano, a Hammond B-3 organ, and two Yamaha S90 ES keyboards. The tour kicked off with its European leg in Rome, Italy, on May 28, 2007, which lasted through July, concluding in Israel; the Australian leg took place during September; the North American leg lasted from October to December 16, 2007, when the tour concluded in Los Angeles. Amos opened each show dressed as one of the four non-Tori personae from the album, then Amos would emerge as herself to perform for the remaining two-thirds of the show. The entire concert tour featured 93 concerts, and 27 full-length concerts of the North American tour were released as official bootlegs in the Legs and Boots series.

Sinful Attraction Tour

For her tenth tour, Amos returned to the trio format of her 2002 and 2003 tours with bassist Jon Evans and drummer Matt Chamberlain while expanding her lineup of keyboards by adding three M-Audio MIDI controllers to her ensemble of her piano, a Hammond B-3 organ, and a Yamaha S90 ES keyboard. The North American and European band tour began on July 10, 2009, in Seattle, Washington, and ended in Warsaw on October 10, 2009. A solo leg through Australia began in Melbourne on November 12, 2009, and ended in Brisbane on November 24, 2009. The entire tour featured 63 concerts. This tour was the last tour to feature Matt Chamberlain on drums to date, as well as the last tour to feature Jon Evans on bass until the Ocean to Ocean Tour in 2022.

Night of Hunters Tour

Amos' eleventh tour was her first with a string quartet, Apollon Musagète, (Amos' equipment includes her piano and a Yamaha S90 ES keyboard) and her first time touring in South Africa. It kicked off on September 28, 2011, in Helsinki Ice Hall, Finland, and ended on December 22, 2011, in Dallas, Texas.[122]

Gold Dust Orchestral Tour

Amos began her 2012 tour in Rotterdam on October 1.

Unrepentant Geraldines Tour

Amos began her 2014 world tour on May 5, 2014, in Cork, Ireland, and concluded it in Brisbane, Australia, on November 21, after playing 73 concerts.[123]

Native Invader Tour

Amos' 2017 tour in support of the Native Invader album kicked off on September 6, 2017, with a series of European shows in Cork, Ireland, moving on to North America in October.

Ocean to Ocean Tour

Amos embarked on tour in 2022 in support of the Ocean to Ocean album, with the bassist John Evans and the drummer Ash Soan. The tour was originally set to begin in Berlin, Germany, but all mainland Europe dates were subsequently postponed due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour began in the United Kingdom with dates in London, Glasgow and Manchester before moving on to Ireland with dates in Dublin and Cork. The North American tour began in April 2022 in Dallas, Texas, and concluded in June in Los Angeles, California. The 2023 European tour began in Edinburgh, UK in March 2023. A second American leg followed short after until the end of July. In total, the tour featured 94 shows.

Awards and nominations

Award Year Nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
Brit Awards 1993 Herself International Breakthrough Act Nominated [124]
International Solo Artist Nominated
1995 International Female Solo Artist Nominated [125]
Critics' Choice Documentary Awards 2016 "Flicker" Best Song in a Documentary Nominated [126]
ECHO Awards 1995 Herself Best International Female Nominated [127]
ECHO Klassik Awards 2012 Night of Hunters The Klassik-ohne-Grenzen Prize Won [128]
GAFFA Awards 2000 Herself Best Foreign Female Act Nominated [129]
2003 Nominated
2022 Best Foreign Solo Act Nominated [130]
Ocean to Ocean Best Foreign Album Nominated
George Peabody Medal 2019 Herself Outstanding Contributions to Music Won [131]
Glamour Awards 1998 Herself Woman of the Year Won [132]
Grammy Awards 1995 Under the Pink Best Alternative Music Album Nominated [133]
1997 Boys for Pele Nominated
1999 From the Choirgirl Hotel Nominated
"Raspberry Swirl" Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
2000 "Bliss" Nominated
To Venus and Back Best Alternative Music Album Nominated
2002 Strange Little Girls Nominated
"Strange Little Girl" Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2016 "Flicker" Best Original Song in a Documentary Nominated [134]
Hungarian Music Awards 2010 Abnormally Attracted to Sin Best Foreign Alternative Album Nominated [135]
MTV Europe Music Awards 1994 Herself Best Female Nominated [134]
MTV Video Music Awards 1992 "Silent All These Years" Best Female Video Nominated [134]
Best New Artist in a Video Nominated
Breakthrough Video Nominated
Best Cinematography in a Video Nominated
MVPA Awards 2000 "1000 Oceans" Adult Contemporary Video of the Year Nominated [136]
NME Awards 2016 Under the Pink Best Reissue Nominated [137]
North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2012 Herself Inducted Won [138]
Pollstar Concert Industry Awards 1993 Little Earthquakes Tour Best New Rock Artist Nominated [139]
Club Tour Of The Year Nominated
1995 Under the Pink Tour Small Hall Tour Of The Year Nominated [140]
1997 Dew Drop Inn Tour Nominated [141]
1999 5 ½ Weeks Tour Nominated [142]
Q Awards 1992 Herself Best New Act Won [143]
WhatsOnStage Awards 2014 The Light Princess Best New Musical Nominated [144]
Best London Newcomer of the Year Nominated
Žebřík Music Awards 2001 Herself Best International Female Nominated [145]

On May 21, 2020, Amos was invited to and gave special remarks at her alma mater Johns Hopkins University's 2020 Commencement ceremony.[147] Other notable guest speakers during the virtual ceremony included Reddit co-founder and commencement speaker Alexis Ohanian; philanthropist and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force; and senior class president Pavan Patel.[148]

Film appearances

Amos appears as a wedding singer in the film Mona Lisa Smile.[149] She previously auditioned for a role as a member of Beverly's band, Cherry Bomb, in the 1986 film Howard the Duck.[150] She did a cover of "losing my religion" by R.E.M and "Butterfly" in John Singletons Higher learning. Her song "Talula" featured in the epic disaster film Twister (1996), "Professional Widow" in the action film Escape from L.A. (1996), "Siren" featured in the romantic drama Great Expectations (1998), the songs "'Murder' He Says" and "You Belong To Me" in the film Mona Lisa Smile (2003) and "Flicker" in the film Audrie & Daisy (2016), while numerous songs of hers were included in television series soundtracks[151] such as

"God" in American adult animated series Beavis and Butt-Head (Season 5, episode 7, 1993)

"Lust" in fantasy, drama television series Charmed (Season 2, episode 12, 1998)

"Northern Lad" in teen drama television series Dawson's Creek (Season 2, Episode 4, 1998)

"A Sorta Fairytale" in drama television series Everwood (Season 4, Episode 16, 2002)

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in crime procedures comedy-drama television series Bones (Season 1, Episode 9, 2005) and in science fiction television series Roswell (Season 3, Episode 9, 1999)

"Precious Things" in comedy-drama television series Hindsight (Season 1, Episode 6, 2015)

"Pretty Good Year" in television series Casual (Season 3, Episode 12, 2015)

"A Nightingale Song in Berkeley Square" in fantasy comedy television series Good Omens (Season 1, Episode 6, 2019)

"Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)" in Netflix drama thriller series White Lines (Season 1, Episode 9, 2020), in Derry Girls (Season 3, Episode 4, "The Haunting", 2018) and Love Island (Season 5, Episode 14, 2015)

"Crucify" in anthology comedy-drama television series High Maintenance (Season 4, Episode 8, 2016)

"Raspberry Swirl" in the television series The End (Season 1, Episode 9, 2020)

"1000 Oceans" in mystery teen drama television series Pretty Little Liars (Season 1, Episode 10, 2022)

"Cornflake Girl" in Conversations with Friends (season 1, episode 10, 2022), in drama television series YellowJackets (Season 2, Episode 1, 2023)[152][153] and in comedy drama series Beef (Season 1, episode 2, 2023)[154]

"Bells for Her" in drama television series Yellowjackets (Season 2, Episode 3, 2023)



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