Tori Martin

Sunday, January 25, 2015

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

You may have seen the beautiful Miss Tori Martin of the Azle, Texas on this season of American Idol! Well let me tell you she is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet! Miss Tori's hobbies include: "I love to bake!! Cupcakes, cookies, brownies, fudge. Call me Betty Crocker! Anything artsy and crafty is a hobby for me. I have a creative mind.. I love to design and try new things."


Are you currently touring? If so with who? 

"I've taken some time off to record and promote my new record, "From Here to There", which is scheduled to release February 3rd. You can Pre-Order it on my website and get a special gift from me, or Pre-Order on iTunes! There are CD release parties and upcoming shows starting in the month of love, February! My own headband line launches Feb. 1st. Lots of exciting things on the horizon!!"

When and why did you start playing?

"I started pursuing music fully at the age of 14, that's when I started to perform and get my feet wet. It's so cliché, but singing in the church choir is how I got my start and then I moved on to venues.
Music is who I am... its always been a part of me. I started playing because that's what I was created to do, and it's what makes me truly happy!!"

What drives your passion?

"I've always been pretty determined and I ain't no quitter. I know that I was gifted my voice and abilities.. giving it back is one of the things that truly drives me.
My Paw-Paw raised me on the classics of country music and always saw the musician an artist in me from a young age. He encouraged me to pursue my dreams. He bought me my first guitar at 8, educated me on the best of the best, the list goes on and on. I lost him in 2010, and his final words to me were to "Keep on singing for Paw-Paw." He was my best friend and true believer. I don't think I would have had the tenacity through the years without his love and support from the beginning."

Can you describe the type of music you play?

"Country, Soul, Rock 'n' Roll!"

What was it like to try out for Idol?

"Auditioning for American Idol was nerve-wracking. I was taking a huge risk and putting a lot on the line, but that's what makes life worthwhile! When you look back on your life, you will only regret the risks you didn't take. I'm glad I took the risk."

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

"Most of my inspiration for songwriting comes from life... it's the best way to write. Life isn't always perfect, things don't always go the way you anticipate, but music makes it all okay. I love how music is boundless and speaks to every soul in the world.
The process is different every time, sometimes you can write a song in a day and be blown away.. sometimes it takes a course of time, months even years to finish a masterpiece."


What are your fondest musical memories?

"One is finally being brave enough to sing "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette around my Paw-Paw's record player... he was her biggest fan and wasn't afraid to speak the truth!
Other fond memories are just "going for it" through my journey.. being young, getting on stage, messing up, being rejected, shaking it off, growing, learning and getting back out there!!! You look back and it makes you smile and appreciate where you come from."

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

"Yes.. Dolly. Cash. Waylon. Willie. Tammy Wynette. Elvis Presley. Etta James. The list goes on and on. I have an old soul!"

Who are your favorite musicians?

"I love Grace Potter, and idolize Dolly Parton."

What is a typical week like for you?

"Crazy. Especially in 2015. I'm always working on things pertaining to my music career.
I'll have multiple songwriting sessions, film videos, play shows. Just depends what week it is.. haha!"

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?

"The road itself.. all the memories, music, and stories it holds."

What is the craziest thing that has happened at or after a show?

"One time we played an outdoor show in the heat of summer.. (in Texas), it was so hot outside that the heat blew the mains, we played part of our show without knowing that and we were only running through our wedges, lol I sang my heart out!"

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

"If my guitarist Zig drives, he ALWAYS gets a ticket for speeding... never fails. He doesn't drive much anymore."

Best place to eat while on the road?

"If we're headed southbound, it's tradition to stop at Czech's in West."

What's the best town play in?

"I love playing in Fort Worth! It's the home of honky-tonk! Nashville is great fun too!!"

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

"Network, be yourself, take risks, and never give up."

Check out her social media!!
Website: www.torimartinofficial.com

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tori-martin/id287497777

Instagram: www.instragram.com/ToriMartinOfficial

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ToriMartinSings

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ToriMartinSings


Thank you so much Tori and good luck in Hollywood!!


Xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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