Born in North Carolina and growing up in Maryland, Tori Amos taught herself piano as a two year old and started composing at three. At five she became the youngest student ever at the Peabody Conservatory where she studied classical piano for six years. Her interest in pop music combined with a dislike for reading sheet music may have contributed to the withdrawal of her scholarship to the school.
In 1986 Tori Amos formed a band and released one album which was a failure. Forced to regroup and fulfill her record label obligations, her first solo effort was also initially rejected. It took a second try to expand and rework it into the mega successful Little Earthquakes that was released in 1992.
After 1992s’ Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos continued a run of popular albums and singles fueled by her success with videos on MTV. Her second album Under the Pink sold more than one million copies.
In 2002 Amos released Scarlet’s Walk, a concept album centering on Amos’s alter ego Scarlet and her US tour following 9/11. It was her last album to achieve gold sales status.
Now with sixteen albums and a loyal fanbase, Amos shrugs off critics saying “When you’ve been around for as long as I have, even if somebody doesn’t really like what I do, they have to acknowledge that I’ve lasted. I mean, I turned pro at 13 and I’m 57 now,” she adds proudly. “You do the math.”