Internationally recognized singer, songwriter, businesswoman and activist Tori Sparks was born in Chicago. She received a bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) in International Affairs from Florida State University, later lived and recorded in country music capital Nashville, Tennessee, and currently resides in Barcelona, Spain. She founded independent record label Glass Mountain Records in 2007. Sparks has released six critically-acclaimed studio albums, and performed in 24 countries around the world.
On September 14th, 2018, Tori and the band played a concert and live recording at legendary Barcelona music venue Luz de Gas, which included belly dancers, videos, guest artists, and more. The live album, titled Wait No More, was released on limited-edition vinyl on Record Store Day 2019 (April 13th), with a double CD version coming on April 26th. This is Tori’s seventh album, and her third since embracing the rock-blues-flamenco fusion that has become her signature sound and made her a household name in her adopted country. Listen to the new live album here.
A stunning live performer, Tori walks the line between soulful and hilarious, blending ironic stand-up style humor with inventive songs written in multiple languages. Tori puts on the same no-holds-barred high-energy show whether playing to 30 people in a house concert or to 30,000 people at prestigious music festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Her two most recent albums, El Mar (2014) and La Huerta (2017) are a collaboration with Barcelona-based trio Calamento, that combine blues, rock, and flamenco. The bilingual project has been an international success, called “adventurous, pushing the envelope” by Rolling Stone magazine.
Sparks has been interviewed about her experience in the entertainment industry by Radio3, Radio4, TVE2, LateMotiv, Catalunya Radio, La Xarxa, Cadena SER, ScannerFM’s Discoforum, Carne Cruda, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Rolling Stone, Ruta66, Popular1, Rockdelux, Songlines, El Periodico, La Vanguardia, Paste, The Village Voice, FOX News, and many other local, national, and international media outlets. She has presented guest lectures and panels at professional conferences such as South by Southwest (Austin, TX, USA), WOMEX (Thessaloniki, GR), The International Folk Alliance (Memphis, TN, US), This is Music (New York, NY, USA), The New Music Seminar (Cleveland, OH, USA), La Fira Mediterranea (Manresa, ES), PrimaveraPro (Barcelona, ES), others, as well as schools and universities such as the University of Georgia (Athens, GA, USA), Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL, USA), Nashville School of the Arts (Nashville, TN, USA), The Gulf Islands Secondary School (Vancouver, BC, CA), and Il Scuola di Musica Città di Novate (Milan, IT).
Sparks is known for actively giving back to the community through music, and is the creator of The Feed Your Soul Guitar Project, a tour and folk art auction benefiting Oxfam America. Tori has organized and/or performed at benefit concerts on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind, the March of Dimes, VH1’s Save the Music, Rett Syndrome International, the One Campaign, Pinktober, Ronald McDonald House, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She is a strong proponent of social justice and music education, and is heavily involved with the Spanish movement for freedom of speech No Callarem.
Tori is also a freelance journalist and translator, and has written numerous articles on music and culture for Metropolitan magazine, among other publications. Tori Sparks is proud to be sponsored by D’Addario Strings since 2007. More information and current tour dates can be found on her website or Facebook.