For Tori Forsyth, the last few years have been marked by one strong intention: to seek out and pursue what she loves, and settle for nothing less.
It’s a strong philosophy that is powering her to new heights, eight years after emerging from country NSW seemingly fully formed with the evocative single ‘New Wall’ & the acclaimed EP Black Bird. Forsyth’s highly anticipated 2018 debut album Dawn of the Dark was hailed as one of the strongest country records of the year, its powerful song writing underpinning Tori’s gritty and expressive vocals. It planted Tori at the forefront of country in Australia, earning 3 Golden Guitar nominations & landing Tori on stages across the country and beyond.
A return to Tori’s country roots, previous single ‘Sometimes’ (feat. mentor & friend, country icon Shane Nicholson) is a tender reflection on the ending of a relationship; without malice or resentment, simply bittersweet. “I didn’t want it to be this terrible, sad, depressing breakup song because my relationship with this person wasn’t that,” Tori says. “It’s just that we were two very different people – but it still hurt all the same departing from that.”
It’s rich and lush, courtesy of Tori’s incredible band: Reece Baines on drums, Matthew Newton on guitars and Zachary Miller on bass are the core of Tori’s touring band, a key part of what makes her music magic. The renowned guitarist Thom Mak and Andy Mac (keys) were also brought into the studio to play on the track.
‘Sometimes’ is currently nominated for Vocal Collaboration of the Year at the Toyota 52nd Golden Guitar Awards. This brings Tori’s Golden Guitar Nominations to four across her career.
New single ‘Made Your Bed’ is a low-slung bassline and curls of pedal steel, has a bluesier feel with Tori’s blues-tinged vocals and incomparable songwriting. ‘Made Your Bed’ finds Tori pondering the space between the high road and low road.
“Made Your Bed is simply the refusal to conform for better or worse because your own morals are stronger and a tribute to folks with an alternate opinion of that.”
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