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Composer Profile: Shotgun Tori

May 30, 2013

Shotgun Tori“A little bit of folk; a little bit of country; a whole lot of raspy cut-to-the-heart feeling.”Rolling Stone

Shotgun Tori (Victoria Landey) is, at heart, a storyteller, a woman with a voice and a guitar, her subject matter approached with an interesting, occasionally humorous, yet always insightful life view.

Her touching, raw vocal delivery is both tender and powerful, and listeners are left with no doubt that she sings straight from her heart.  Tori’s music puts you on the spot, in the moment, while sometimes fun and upbeat, it is often gentle and heart-wrenching.

With over 300 live performances since her debut in 2011, her personal record being three shows on one day, Tori has toured the length and breadth of South Africa and thrown in Namibia and Mozambique for good measure.

Her commitment to her craft and her dedication to performing live has seen her become a music festival staple with performances at Oppikoppi, Strab, Afrika Burns, Mieliepop, Parklife (where she opened the main stage for international headliner Xavier Rudd), Rise & Shine and more.

Sweet Weather, the single, with accompanying video, off her critically acclaimed 2011 debut EP Are We Fine Yet?, had a 9 week run on the MKTV Top 10 reaching the coveted number one spot and a receiving a nomination for an MK Award in the “Best Solo” category. The song also reached the number 2 spot on the Jon Savage 5fm Chart Show.

Her latest music offering, the aptly titled Be Brave, and her first full length album, is due end June 2013. Wanting to retain her musical independence Tori received most of the album funding from fans through an crowd funding campaign. The album was produced by Jay “Rambling” Bones and engineered at the legendary B# Studios by JP Destefani.

So take the time out to listen to Shotgun Tori, she has a lot to say about things you’ll love to hear and get ready to follow her on her adventure, and revel in her desire to live excellently, love big, tour the world and keep on singing about it.

“One of the brighter lights in the, happily, burgeoning South African alt-folk scene, Shotgun Tori (aka Victoria Landey) is a passionate, convincing performer” The Citizen

“Shotgun Tori is one of the most convincing performers I’ve seen in a long time … Definitely a must!”

“[Shotgun Tori] belts out her folky tunes with a sincerity that draws the crowd in.”

“heartfelt and occasionally sorrowful, but leaves you feeling like you’ve been party to something really beautiful”