Tori Sparks is an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, producer, activist, and public speaker. She was born in Chicago, lived and recorded in Nashville for many years, and currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. She has released seven critically- acclaimed studio albums on her own record label (GMR), has toured in 24 countries, and has been self-managed since she started in the music business at the age of 17.
Tori Sparks’ latest full-length work, Wait No More: The Live Album was released on vinyl and double CD on Record Store Day 2019. “It’s not a live record, it’s THE live record,” says rock magazine Ruta66 in its review. “Flawless,” says news paper La Vanguardia. 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 Wait No More here.
A stunning live performer, Tori walks the line between soulful and hilarious. She is probably the only blond American you’ll ever meet who is equally comfortable playing a rock club as she is performing in an a jazz or flamenco festival. In 2018, rock magazine Popular1 put Sparks on the list of the five most important female voices in Spain; in 2019 she received the award for Rock Artist of the Year by No Solo Cine magazine. Tori puts on the same high-energy show whether playing to 30 people in a house concert or to 30,000 people at an international festival.
Sparks is also known for her activism. She was the Secretary of the Musicians Union of Catalunya until 2020, is a spokesperson for Spanish freedom of speech movement No Callarem, and recently spearheaded the solidarity project Love in a Time of Quarantine, a compilation album featuring songs by independent artists economically affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. She is also creator of The Feed Your Soul Guitar Project, a tour and folk art auction that benefitted Oxfam America. Tori has organized and/or performed at numerous benefit concerts, and is a strong proponent of human rights, gender equality, freedom of speech, and education.
Sparks has been interviewed by numerous media outlets: 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, NPR, FOX News, and many others.
She has presented talks and sat on professional panels at 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), the Desert Woman Summit (Arfoud, MAR), 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), SAE Institute (Barcelona, ES) and Il Scuola di Musica Città di Novate (Milan, IT).
Tori and the band’s original plan for 2020 and 2021 was to be on tour throughout the rest of the year on support of Wait No More, but in the wake of the worldwide health emergency that began in March, have had put their tours on hold. In the meantime, Tori has lent a hand on the production of the new album by rock ’n’ rumba band Alma de Boquerón, Sonrían, Por Favor (released May 2020) and has played a long-running series of online concerts for her fans around the world.
In the fall of 2020, Tori and the band released a single recorded in lockdown. “The Man Who Sold the World” was recorded at five separate apartments scattered throughout the city of Barcelona, each musician rigging up a temporary home studio in the midst of families and careers thrown into a tailspin due to the shutdown. Watch the music video here.
Tori is proudly endorsed by D’Addario Strings since 2007 and Thembe Fashions since 2016. Her voice can be heard on commercials (Festina Watches, Marcilla Coffee, Kids&Us, more), and soundtracks (Criminal Minds, Félix, and most recently, the new Netflix series Sky Rojo by the creators of Money Heist). More information and current tour dates can be found on her website.