Tori Darke "She's got something, it's a kind of magic, and we just hope that Tori takes it to the limit from here. The debut album is a beauty, there's a lot of singles on it and I know we're going to hear a whole lot more from this talented new artist". Lee Kernaghan
Once in a while a musician comes along whose talent is ageless and who instantly turns heads... country singer songwriter Tori Darke is one of these artists. Since she stepped into the public spectrum as a 16-year-old, Tori has been dubbed as one of the most promising young country artists on the Australian music scene. Her powerful vocals, heartbreakingly beautiful voice, passionate songwriting and mesmerising on-stage presence saw her debut EP and debut album make a huge impact. She’s also already shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business, an incredible achievement for an up-and-coming performer, who is forging her own way and breaking the mould as she goes.
After what can only be described as an incredible 2013, Tori Darke is already well on the way to making 2014 ‘her year’! This impressive musician just keeps going from strength to strength in her career, and fans can expect a whole lot more this year, especially with the release of her second long player just around the corner. Tori kicked off 2014 having been selected by a panel of esteemed music industry judges as a Top 10 finalists in the 2014 Toyota Star Maker competition. Her beautiful vocals and amazing performance saw her selected as one of the Top 4 Grand Finalists, a position that has previously launched the careers of the likes of Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole and Kylie Sackley to name a few. To add to this accolade, Tori was also the only female artist who made it through to the TOYOTA STAR MAKER Grand Finals for 2014. No stranger to this event, this talented musician was a Top 5 Finalist in 2010 and a Top 10 Finalist in 2009.
The year also marked her second sold-out show at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, performing to a packed house of devoted fans. Selling out two festival shows in back-to-back years is a huge coup, and one that looks set to give Tori a trifecta when she returns by popular demand in 2015. If her 2014 show is anything to go by, fans better get in fast when her next Tamworth Country Music Festival show is announced, as tickets to Tori’s annual concert are quickly being considered a hot ticket item.
Last year started with a bang for Tori – she sold out her first ever ticketed show at the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Performing to a packed house at Wests in Tamworth in 2013, she showcased songs from her debut album and EP, sharing stories with the audience and meeting up with fans afterwards. It is this down-to-earth attitude and versatile talent that also saw Tori nominated for the prestigious CMC Oz Artist of the Year in 2013. Joining a stellar line-up of country music’s most popular performers, Tori was named on the bill of the 2013 CMC Rocks the Hunter festival and rocked out to a packed crowd over the weekend in March. Shortly after Tamworth, Tori accepted the coveted performance spot at the much-talked about title fight between Mundine and Geale. Performing the national anthem at the Entertainment Centre for the IBF Middleweight Title Fight in front of 100,000 people is something many artists only ever dream of. Riding high on the great performances of early 2013, Tori then geared up for a month-long trip to Nashville to sit down with some of the world’s most acclaimed songwriters, penning tracks for her second full-length album, which she’ll be heading into the studio IN 2014 to record. Tori wrapped up 2013 with her incredible heart felt ballad ‘No You No Me’ her last single to be release from her debut album ‘Dreams & Chances’ which peaked at # 1 on Mildura Hot FM & Cool Country 2KA, and # 3 on The Australian Country Radio Top 30.
2012 was also a massive year for Tori, she achieved incredible charting success as her singles hit high rotation on radio stations around the country, undertook a Nashville songwriting trip, performed to Australian troops in the Solomon Islands and joined an amazing line-up at some of the country’s most coveted festivals. Tori kicked off 2012 with charting success with the release of her third single to radio (from her debut release Dreams & Chances). The single, Great Mistake, hit #1 on the Cool Country 2KA charts, #9 on CMC, #14 on Country Tracks Top 30 and #9 on Mildura’s HOT FM charts. Her next single, Cut Me Loose, the fourth from her album, worked its way up the Top 40 charts on radio and CMC. Tori also charted on the Reverbnation National Country Charts’ Top 10 at #10 and has held the #1 spot on the Reverbnation Local Charts for more than 12 weeks. The last single released from her debut album No You No Me also seared up the charts. It reached #1 on Mildura’s HOT FM, #1 on Cool Country Radio and #3 on the Australian Country Music Charts. It also held the #1 spot on the Reverbnation charts for 16-weeks, a pretty impressive feat for this versatile country performer.
Tori also took important steps in establishing herself as a reputable songwriter. She travelled to Los Angeles to record backing vocals on Billy Ray Cyrus’ new single That’s What Daddy’s Do and returned to the US again later in the year for a month-long songwriting trip. During this time, Tori performed in and around Nashville venues also taking the opportunity to write with some of Nashville’s best – John Bettis [Hall of Fame inductee], Michael Davey [who penned Martina McBride’s hit single Ride] and Phil Barton [who wrote Lee Brice’s #1 hit A Woman Like You] to name a few – and returned to Australia with 13 new tracks under her belt. Tori then travelled to the Solomon Islands where she performed for Australian troops as part of an official contingent organised by Force Entertainment for the Depart of Defence. Tori Darke was an amazing artist to have on the Forces Entertainment tour to the Solomon Islands. Tori’s energy and stage presence were fantastic and she was a huge hit with the crowd she performed for. Forces Entertainment would not hesitate on having Tori on another tour again soon – Forces Entertainment.
Tori won the 2012 Show Me The Music songwriting contest’s country category for her previous single Great Mistake and had massive charting success with all of the singles released from the album. With a swag of new tracks, Tori is currently in the studio recording her second full length album, anticipated for release mid-2014. The eyes of the music word are certainly on this powerful performer, she has not only received acclaim from industry professionals and her peers, but also from the general community. Tori has been asked (and accepted) the position of Ambasssador for the Luke Priddis Foundation, which supports kids with autism. This is a position Tori is proud to be a part of and assist in anyway possible. It looks like the world is Tori Darke’s oyster. Keep an eye out for this incredible musician, she’s about to step into the international spotlight.
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