Singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and eight-time Grammy Award nominee Tori Amos turned 56 today.
Amos, known for piano-driven songs written on themes of feminism, family, sexuality, politics, and religion; is among the most influential solo artists of her generation.
From her 1992 breakthrough album Little Earthquakes to 2017’s Native Invader, Amos has maintained a distinctly personal voice and achieved recording industry success, with seven of her 15 commercial albums debuting in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. She has performed more than 1,000 shows since her first world tour in 1992 and, in 2003, was voted fifth best touring act by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Between 2011 and 2013, Amos spent a sabbatical in the classical world working with the German musicologist Alexander Buhr on her 2011 album Night of the Hunters, which pays tribute to composers such as Bach, Chopin, and Debussy, and features the string quartet Apollon Musagete. Her stage musical The Light Princess premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2013.
A longtime advocate for victims of sexual assault, Amos was the first spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, or RAINN, a crisis hotline for sexual assault victims. Her semi-autobiographical 1991 song “Me and a Gun” has become something of an anthem for the #MeToo movement. Amos continues her involvement with RAINN as a member of their National Leadership Council.
Happy birthday Mary Ellen Amos!