Tori Cross is a singer-songwriter from Birmingham.
Tori’s background had previously been in dance before deciding to focus all her time on music. She began writing songs at the age of 16 when she enrolled in a performing arts academy in Birmingham to study music. In 2013 Tori moved to Liverpool to study music further at University, and continued to perform in the local music scene, playing solo with her guitar at open mic nights, and backing singing for local artists XamVolo and Galactic Funk Militia at festivals and various gigs.
Kickstarting her solo venture, Tori made it through to the regional finals of Open Mic UK receiving the audience's vote to move further on in the competition and finishing as runner up.
In 2017 Tori was picked to be a part of the LIMF academy, receiving support and advice from Liverpool's Yaw Owusu. Tori released her debut single 'Italy' in 2017, but has recently revamped her sound, working with producers TeeSoulful and XamVolo on her forthcoming EP.
Upon moving back to Birmingham, Tori has performed at iluvlive Birmingham and been involved the annual Martin Luther King celebration.
In October 2018 Tori debuted with the release of her single 'Looking Up'. 'Looking Up' achieved great success after being added to Spotify's own 'Fresh Pop' playlist and receiving support from BBC introducing Merseyside. Her most recent release 'Midnight' was picked as BBC Introducing WM's Track of the Month in August 2019.
Tori has featured recently on dance hit 'Sunrise' by Duo Tone and 'Feel My Love' By LUCA. Her unreleased track 'Woman' has had a lot of support from BBC Introducing and has been played on Dave Monks show regularly. Her music is melodic and soulful and draws influences from artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Lianne La Havas.
Bido Lito Magazine
"Soulful vocalist Tori Cross has gone epic with her new track 'Midnight', a smooth-as-silk pop banger."
- July 2019
Press The Music
"Tori Cross from Birmingham, UK is a singer songwriter with a versatile, sultry, and characterful voice. Her music bridges the divide between soul, pop, and R&B, and her beautiful melodies remind of icons like Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin."
- July 2019
BBC Merseyside, BBC West Midlands, BBC Radio 6.
Midnight chosen as BBC Introducing WM's track of the month (August).