|Friday 04 September 2015 @ 09:00pm : -
In reality, it must be admitted that most music is a blend of many different styles. Particularly in the case of the contemporary folk genre. Tori''s music goes from finger picking folk, through to jazz influenced beats, a dusting of country and vocals that could be soul. It''s music that will touch hearts, tap toes and leave you wanting more.
Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, and having done a lot of travel, Tori has difficulty naming one place home. This affinity with being on the road has manifested itself in many songs and undoubtedly, being a wandering spirit, will do in many more.
In December 2013, Tori released her first album "Long Nights, Flightless Birds and Coming Home" in Queenstown and quickly took the tracks to the UK on tour. Stay tuned for the next CD, recorded in the UK, and proposed to come out early 2015.
Most recently, Tori had the fortune of opening for the amazing New Zealand icon, Anika Moa, and in the past, she has performed alongside the likes of blues master Lloyd Spiegel and folk artist Tecoma, plus much more. Through extensive travelling, her experience is wide and crosses many genres and she has had the fortune to entertain and share stories with musicians and audiences from all over the world. From local Antipodean gigs, to far flung performances in Israel. From tiny peña''s in Argentina to large stages at charity events in Tasmania.
With her unique style and endearing arrangements, Tori is well suited to intimate crowds and caring environments. Every song is aimed at touching the hearts and minds of those listening. Performing as a solo artist, duo, trio or full band, the options are all there for all types of venues, and various types of crowds.
"I was asked to review Tori Reed''s album Long Nights, Flightless Birds & Coming Home knowing nothing about the artist or her music. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to sit down and listen to what I consider to be a very talented and experimental artist with a great work of music. From Reed’s album I have chosen to talk about my three favourites songs (read the full review here)." ~ 24/1/15 review by Ria Loveder of music.net.nz
"Tori is an exceptionally talented singer, song writer and musician, she told me she learnt to play guitar because she couldn’t find anyone to work with ..... and whist recording she learnt notation software so she could give the other musicians notation to read.
"Tori Reed is a solo artist playing music most closely identified with the contemporary folk genre. But with moving melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Tori''s songs will not only get your body swaying, they will touch your heart.... as well as just launching her debut album “Long Nights, Flightless Birds, & Coming Home” ; Tori Reed is definitely a rising talent in New Zealand." ~ Organic River Festival
"I first heard Tori Reed when she auditioned for “Songstars” in 2013..... every now and then someone turns up with that “spark”, that little something extra that makes you want to know them better, listen to more, etc. Tori was one of those artists. Her songs speak of a deep understanding of life’s pitfalls and triumphs, pickled with a mischievous sense of humour. She is a compelling singer with a nuance that will stick with you for a long time. This is an artist to contend with." ~ Margaret O’Hanlon, Producer/Director