ABOUT TORI »
Since 2005, Tori has released six critically acclaimed albums under the auspices of her own record label (Glass Mountain Records), including her most recent work La Huerta, her second bilingual collaboration with Spanish flamenco fusion trio Calamento and guitarist El Rubio. Called “of incredibly high caliber” (Ruta66), “unclassifiable and refreshingly free of cliches” (La Vanguardia), and “passionate, fierce, powerful” (Dirtyrock), the new album La Huerta is the culmination of Tori’s varied musical and cultural experiences since she first started touring over a decade ago at the age of 17.
Steeped in blues from birth, Tori Sparks originally hails from Chicago. Tori later lived and recorded first in country music capital Nashville, Tennessee until she moved overseas to Barcelona, Spain. She spends most of her time on the road all over the world, playing an average of 200 concerts each year. In the last two years alone, Tori played has played shows in 23 countries.
A stunning live performer, Tori walks the line between soulful and hilarious, blending ironic stand-up style humor with inventive songs written in English, Spanish, and occasionally French. She has played to 30 people in a house concert, and to 30,000 people at prestigious music festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Bele Chere in Asheville, (In)Fusion Flamenca, GREC Festival, and the Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz in Spain, Su La Testa in Italy and many others.
Sparks is no stranger to unexpected musical partnerships. Her fourth album, Until Morning/Come Out of the Dark, marked her third project with producer David Henry (R.E.M., Josh Rouse, The Cowboy Junkies, Widespread Panic), and her first with Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Elvis Costello, Velvet Underground, Gypsy Kings, Rosanne Cash). Tori has been interviewed and/or reviewed by Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times blog, NPR, The Village Voice, Paste, Radio3, Radio 4, Americana UK, Rock in Spain, All Music Guide (5 stars), El Mundo, and many more. She is known as a champion of the DIY business model, and regularly speaks at universities, performing arts schools, and music conferences such as South by Southwest, the International Folk Alliance, WOMEX, and the Indie Music Conference.
She is also 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 most recently the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She is a strong proponent of social justice and music education.
Tori, El Rubio, and Calamento are on the road in Italy, Germany, Spain, the UK and beyond. See ToriSparks.com for more information. Tori is proud to be endorsed by D’Addario, and exclusively uses D’Addario strings and Planet Waves instrument cables.
TOUR DATES »
Listen to and read more about Tori’s complete discography here.
Watch the video for “Wade in the Water” featuring Calamento and El Rubio. Recorded in front of a live studio audience in Feelback Studio, Barcelona.
Visit the Glass Mountain Records YouTube Channel for more Tori Sparks music videos and live concert footage.
“The talented Tori Sparks… is a knockout…”
–Joe McCombs, The Village Voice (US)
“Tori Sparks is a courageous woman… Her new album [El Mar] is in keeping with the tendency to push the envelope that has continually marked the career of this particular artist… she’s an adventurer who fearlessly turned her back on her old life to start another, and one who this year has taken an important step into the unknown.”
–Aldfonso Cardenal, Rolling Stone (Spain)
“Here’s a singer/songwriter with the strong, eloquent vocals of Bonnie Raitt and the guitar mastery of Joni Mitchell… a bounty of subtle rock and haunting blues.”
–Nancy Dunham, Relix (US)
“Tori Sparks is one of those independent singer-songwriters who’s so driven it seems like signing with a record label would only slow her down. Sparks sings with distinct intensity. Bluesy folk-rock in a Tom Waits vein: rough-edged, worldly-wise and potent.”
–Jewly Hight, The Nashville Scene (US)
“It is time that the world pays more attentions to this woman [Tori Sparks]!”
–Ingo Andruskewitch, Music an Sich (Germany)
“Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen… I can see [Tori’s] name printed boldly amongst these illustrious phenomena… definitely a keeper… Words fail me to describe why I enjoy her so much.”
–Evert Wilbrink, Folkwax (Canada)
“In riveting intensity, she has mastered the marrow-deep conviction and passion that made Janis such a phenomenon. By a factor of 10, Sparks is a true full-spectrum artist… a movingly hypnotic instrument of thickly painted canvases… Greco-esque in smoldering storminess and power. In truth, try as I might, I can’t summon up a comparative except in the male domain: Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Randy Newman.”
–Mark S. Tucker, FAME (US)
“As brave and innovative as ever, Tori uses her spectacular voice as never before. Her inimitable talent shines through, making irrelevant questions as to whether this music is folk, rock, or flamenco. The range of emotions that El Mar elicits are as varied as the twelve tracks on the album. Bravo.”
–Tony Castanardo, MondoSonoro(Spain)
“Tori was simply spectacular on stage… I was enthralled by her performance and very much look forward to her gracing our fair city again sometime in the future. She is a true star with such enthusiasm, and completely original music that dives deeply into the hearts and minds of those lucky enough to see/hear her in person. Her stage presence is stunning.”
–Skyy Guy, CHLY 107.3FM (Vancouver BC, Canada)
“Fiery, gutsy delivery.” [5 stars]
–Margaret Reges, All Music Guide (US)
“Tori Sparks is one of those examples of initiative and perseverance, where pragmatism and artistic intuition has lead her to great heights indeed. She has just released – and self-produced – an album that is treasure chest of multiple musical styles.”
–JS, La Vanguardia (Spain)
“Drenched in drama, featuring Sparks’ torrid vocals splashed over self-penned, alternative roots-rock numbers that sizzle with authenticity.”
–LCB, Performing Songwriter (US)
“The way that Tori tells a story through song, and in four minutes, even manages to bring the listener from a smile to a tear and back, is phenomenal. Let nothing stop you from listening to Tori Sparks.”
–Freddy Celis, Rootstime (Sweden)
A complete list of press quotes is available on Tori’s website.
MEDIA KIT »
Click here for Tori’s online press kit.