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Tori Amos is a singer/songwriter known for her influence on the 1990s alternative music scene and her piano-driven songs.
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Growing increasingly frustrated with corporate record labels, Amos converted the barn of her home in Cornwall, England, into a recording studio and founded her own business, Martian Recording Studios. She transformed her classic solo-piano sound to a more varied one, and began recording with a band and experimenting with electronic production. In 1998, she released From the Choirgirl Hotel, her bestselling album to date.
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Amos continued to experiment musically. In 2001's Strange Little Girls she covered songs like the Beatles' "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" from a female perspective. Her 2002 album Scarlet's Walk (the first released under her new label, Epic) drew on themes ranging from Native American history to pornography. For her 2007 album American Doll Posse, Amos performed songs from the perspectives of five different female personalities conceived for the album.
In 1998, Amos married Mark Hawley, an English sound engineer. She gave birth to their daughter, Natashya, in 2000. Amos and her husband divide their time between England and the U.S. She continues to write and record music, always striving to push the boundaries of what people expect of the musical artist.
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