Tori Sparks

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.

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 flamenco venue.  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.

In 2018, rock magazine Popular1 called her one of five most important female voices in Spain; in 2019 she received the award for Rock Artist of the Year by No Solo Cine magazine. In 2021, Tori was one of three artists selected to represent Spain in the international music export program Global Music Match, a collaborative initiative between 17 countries on 4 continents connecting artists around the world. Her voice can be heard on commercials (Festina Watches, Marcilla Coffee, Kids&Us, more), and soundtracks (Criminal Minds, Félix, the hit Netflix series Sky Rojo, and others). 

 

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; during the COVID lockdowns, she  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. Tori is an in-demand vocal producer, and has lent a hand on the production of the latest albums by the bands The Mothercrow, Alma de Boquerón, Richard White, Warm Up, and 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).

She and the band’s original plan was to be on tour through 2021 in support of Wait No More, but they had to put these trips on hold until 2022 and 2023. However, they put their time in lockdown to good use and released a new single and music video,  “The Man Who Sold the World”  The song is included as a bonus digital download in their Record Store Day release of a limited-edition color vinyl version of El Mar, in celebration of Tori’s 10th anniversary in Barcelona. 

 Right now, Tori and her band are touring behind not one, but two separate live shows:  El Mar Electric  and Roots Music Revival.

Two projects at once? Why not? Tori and her band are always on the move. They debuted El Mar Electric along with a live EP of the same name  in 2023, in a series of not one, but five sold-out concerts in Barcelona. The show is an homage to the mix of cultures and musical styles —  Spanish, Catalan, American, Arabic, Latin, and more — that have marked Tori’s 20+ year career. She and the band took the blues, rock, and flamenco fusion show on the road in tours in Germany, Spain, and Morocco, before their travels were cut short this past summer by an unexpected injury to her vocal cords, compounded by a severe case of COVID in summer of 2023.

As a result, Tori — who can usually play through anything — lost her voice completely, and had to go through six months of vocal rehabilitation before finally returning to the stage in February 2024.

But now, she’s back and stronger than ever. In Spring 2024, she and the band presented their second, separate project: Roots Music Revival. The repertoire draws on tunes from Tori’s first four albums from her Nashville and Chicago days, and reflects a return to her musical beginnings. This is a musical “revival” to be sure, in the sense that the style of music is pure Americana, but it’s also a personal revival as Tori remembers and pays tribute to her musical beginnings. These high-energy concerts show off a different side of the band, whose roots and blues sensibilities run deep; these events also include guest artists from the city they’re playing in.

They will be on the road with both concerts presenting both projects throughout 2024,  all while preparing for their next studio album release in 2025.

Tori is endorsed by D’Addario Strings since 2007 and Thembe Fashions since 2016. More information and current tour dates can be found on her website.