Tori Sparks

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Tori Sparks is based in Barcelona, Spain, after having relocated from Nashville, but she spends most of her time on the road all over the world. She has released four critically-acclaimed albums under the auspices of her own record label (Glass Mountain Records). Tori walks the line between soulful and hilarious in her live performances, singing in English, French and Spanish. She books and plays an average of 200 concerts each year, which this year includes the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival.

Tori Sparks' fourth album, Until Morning/Come out of the Dark, marks her third musical collaboration 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). The recordings feature a cast of world-class musicians, as well as special guest vocalists Shawn Mullins (Grammy Nominee), Mike Farris (Americana Music Association Artist of the Year, Dove Award Winner), Paris DeLane (Sonia Dada), and indie folk favorite David Mead.

Until Morning/Come out of the Dark is not a traditional album, but a study in dichotomy, a double EP released in one pacakge. The new album has already received airplay and rave reviews in various languages - so much so that Tori and her new Barcelona-based band were invited to perform on Spain's biggest live music television broadcast, Los Conciertos de Radio3 in Madrid soon after the album's release and only a few months after Tori's move to Spain.

The first disc, Until Morning, reflects the dark, sensual, even diabolical side of Tori's vocal and songwriting skill. The second disc, Come Out of the Dark, is tumbleweed Americana meets fragile folk, or Tori's ability to show us the dawn that follows the darkness ' in a word, the hope that love can bring. Sparks' last three albums (Rivers + Roads, Under This Yellow Sun, The Scorpion in the Story) climbed the Americana and College charts in the US and overseas, have been licensed by MTV, Lifetime, Oxygen, the Trvel Channel, the SciFi Channel, and Life Beyond Breast Cancer, and featured on the compilation Country Vol. 2 released by Universal Music France (over 40,000 copies sold).

Tori has been interviewed and featured by television and radio stations, magazine, newspapers, and blogs across the globe. Notables include The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Catalunya Radio, the Village Voice, Starpolish, Americana UK, CMJ.com, Rock In Spain, and Paste magazine. All Music Guide gives her five stars. She is known as a champion of the DIY business model, and the author of two courses for roaming music business education organization ProMusicU. Tori regularly speaks on similar topics at universities, performing arts schools, music conferences and festivals (SXSW, Folk Alliance, Woodsongs, Bele Chere, many others). She was a guest on a panel at SXSW 2011 on the topic of booking and touring, and chaired a panel at the WOMEX World Music Expo in October 2012.

Tori is also known for actively trying to give back to the community through music. She 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, F.A.C.E., the March of Dimes, VH1's Save the Music, Rett Syndrome International, the One Campaign, Gilda's House, and many more. She donated the proceeds of her song "Leaving Side of Love" to Paste's Songs for Haiti initiative in 2010, and is a strong proponent of social justice and music education.

Tori will be on the road throughout 2014 in support of Until Morning/Come out of the Dark. She is also currently at work on her fifth album, a collaboration with Barcelona flamenco fusion group Calamento.

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