Tori Amos - WXPN
Where They’re From: Newton, NC
Who They Are: Nobody makes a piano rock as hard as Tori Amos. The singer-songwriter icon comes from a classically trained conservatory background but sought to fuse those chops with the heavy energy of Led Zeppelin, the atmospheric mystique of 80s pop, and the wide-reaching appeal of The Beatles. After fronting the short-lived band Y Kant Tori Read, her solo debut Little Earthquakes was a breakout success of highly candid, confessional songwriting; her ever shape-shifting discography continues to explore themes feminist, sociological, mythological and beyond, and her unpredictable live shows can be anything from a solo performance behind a grand piano or a amped-up set backed by a rock band.
Years Active: 1988-present
Essential Albums: Little Earthquakes (1992), Boys for Pele (1996), From A Choirgirl Hotel (1998), Scarlett’s Walk (2002)