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August 22, 1963

Myra Ellen Amos is born to a religious family in Newton, North Carolina. She changes her name to Tori and becomes an alt-rock icon of the '90s with empowering tunes about women, right-wing politics, and religious oppression.More

February 25, 1992

Tori Amos releases her debut solo album, Little Earthquakes, in the US. The piano-based collection allows the singer-songwriter to truly express herself for the first time on confessional tracks like "Me And A Gun" and "Silent All These Years."More

February 3, 1994

Tori Amos charts on the Hot 100 for the first time with "God" from her sophomore solo album, Under The Pink. It peaks at #72.

February 1, 1994

Tori Amos releases her second album, Under The Pink, featuring the hit single "Cornflake Girl."More

December 11, 1995

Atlantic Records posts "Caught A Lite Sneeze," the first single from Tori Amos' album Boys For Pele, on their website in RealAudio format, marking the first time a full track by a major artist has been made available for download before its official release.

January 23, 1996

In America, Tori Amos releases her third album, Boys For Pele, with 18 tracks she wrote and produced herself. Pele is the Hawaiian volcano goddess; the "boys" represent the men in Amos' life whose fire she has stolen.

January 20, 1996

Tori Amos makes her Saturday Night Live debut, performing "Caught A Lite Sneeze" and "Hey Jupiter" from her third album, Boys For Pele.

January 23, 1997

Tori Amos performs at a benefit concert for RAINN (The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As a rape survivor, the cause is close to Tori's heart (she wrote her debut single, "Me And A Gun," about her rape experience).

February 22, 1998

Tori Amos marries her longtime sound engineer, Mark Hawley, at a small stone church in West Wycombe in North London. The couple's move to Hawley's native England inspires Amos' tune "Welcome To England."

May 5, 1998

Tori Amos releases her fourth solo album, From The Choirgirl Hotel. The lead single, "Spark," is inspired by the first of three miscarriages the singer suffers before welcoming daughter Natashya in 2000. The album debuts at #5 in the US.

September 5, 2000

Tori Amos gives birth to a baby girl, Natashya Hawley. The father is Amos' husband, Mark Hawley, an English sound engineer.

September 18, 2001

Tori Amos releases Strange Little Girls, a concept album where she sings from the perspective of the female characters in songs written by males, including Eminem's "'97 Bonnie And Clyde," Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold," The Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun," and The Stranglers' "Strange Little Girl."

November 17, 2003

Tori Amos releases her first compilation album, Tales Of A Librarian.

December 19, 2003

Tori Amos makes her film debut in the Julia Roberts movie Mona Lisa Smile. In her cameo as a '50s big band singer at a wedding reception, she sings the standards "You Belong To Me" and "Murder, He Says," which also appear on the movie's soundtrack.

February 8, 2005

Tori Amos releases Piece By Piece, a Q&A-style autobiography co-authored by rock journalist Ann Powers.

May 5, 2020

Tori Amos releases her second memoir, Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage.

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