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By Dale Kawashima

Tori Beaumont, a promising pop/AC artist who lives near London, England, has won the September SingerUniverse “Best Vocalist Of The Month” Competition, for her performance of the acoustic version of “Whisper You Love Me” (written by Barney Pinny & James Reader). This song (in its fully produced version) is included on her recently completed debut album (to be released shortly), which is called Straightlining and contains 12 songs.

“Whisper You Love Me” is a romantic, acoustic AC ballad, which provides a fine showcase for Beaumont’s expressive, passionate vocals. The song’s piano-based arrangement is intentionally kept simple, which allows room for the nuances of Beaumont’s vocal performance to shine through. This recording was expertly produced by co-writers Pinny (who is also the managing director of Neume, the production company which has signed Beaumont) and Reader.

Beaumont was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to English and American parents. When she was four, she moved to England and has lived there since, although she hopes her music career will take her back to the U.S. Beaumont grew up surrounded by musicians and music: her father is Director of Music and Choir Master at an English cathedral, her mother plays multiple instruments and is a music teacher, and her brother Jesse is a concert pianist. She has been inspired by top vocalists/artists such as Celine Dion, Faith Hill and LeAnn Rimes.

In her youth, Beaumont sang in the cathedral choir, and she also began playing several instruments, including piano, violin, oboe and drums. She performed in public regularly, and she entered and fared well in local talent contests and music festivals. When she was 16, Beaumont wrote a song for a national schools competition, and as one of the winners, she recorded her song at London’s Air Studios and performed in front of 3,000 people at the Millennium Dome. And for college, she attended Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and subsequently graduated with a B.A. Degree in Music.

Following college, Beaumont had the opportunity to meet with Pinny and his writing/production partner Reader, who have become excellent collaborators. When she first heard their songs, she said, “I got so excited - this was exactly what I’d been looking for and [the type of songs] I’d always seen myself singing. And what’s more, I was exactly who they were looking for. So I signed a production deal with Neume late last year.”

Now with the upcoming release of her album, Straightlining, Beaumont is ready to promote her music aggressively, and take her artist career to the next level. “With my new album, we have decided to take it straight to the ‘people’ through the online community. So much of what the public hears gets dictated by industry trends; the ability now to gain an audience, independently, before releasing an album and without major investment, is so exciting. Within five weeks of joining MySpace I’d had 25,000 song plays and within a week of joining Sonicbids, I found myself at #1 on their top-viewed chart.” So it appears that Beaumont is now well positioned to make a strong debut with the release of her album.
- Singer Universe Magazine


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Tori Beaumont - Straightlining 2007

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“Music brings people together,” says an aspiring singer Tori Beaumont. “I want to play my part in making this happen. ”

Tori got an early start on turning this dream into reality. Born in 1983 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to a British father and an American mother – both professional musicians -- at the age of four Tori moved to the UK, where her dad worked as a choirmaster in the most prestigious cathedrals.

Growing up in a musical family -- older brother Jesse is a concert pianist -- sparked a lifelong interest in and affinity for music. Her journey started at the age of three, when Tori sang duets with Jesse. By four she progressed to playing the piano, and at six, mastering the violin.

“I grew up listening to many styles of music, including classical, jazz, blues, and pop,” she recalls. “But my dad had the biggest influence on me as he always played the piano in the house, composing music for either TV or movies.”

By eight, Tori discovered a talent for writing her own songs while accompanying herself on the piano. At about the same time she joined the choir at St. David's Cathedral in Pembrokshire, Wales, where her father was the choir director. She was immediately singing at eight services a week, and only four months later performed her first solo. “My soul comes alive when I sing,” she says.

At 13, Tori started to write her own songs, often recording them in her father's studio. She then went on to study at St. Aidan's Church of England High School in Harrogate, where the music department was very strong. She played violin and percussion in the school orchestra, oboe in the school band, and sang in three choirs. She spent many hours after school singing, playing the piano, and continuing to write her own songs.

The following years saw Tori perform -- and win -- at several singing competitions. At 16, she composed a song, called “Now's The Time,” for England's “Voices of Promise” songwriting competition. Hundreds of schools entered but Tori was chosen as a winner along with 12 other schools, the milestone that allowed her to record with the London's Foundation Philharmonic Orchestra and a professional band at London's Air Studios, with Sir George Martin (ex-Beatles manager) acting as executive producer. She later performed her song solo in front of 4,000 people at the Millennium Dome in London, accompanied by the same orchestra and band.

This “amazing experience,” as she calls it, prompted the same organizers to ask Tori to compose another song, “Why,” to perform at the Millennium Dome during the celebration of the Remembrance Day, Britain's equivalent of the U.S. Memorial Day. She performed that song in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 6,000 people on November 11, 2001.

Tori completed a music degree at Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, further developing her voice as a soloist.
After graduating from college in 2005, she toured the country recording with various top U.K producers, and eventually signing with an independent label to record an album.

Feeling that her home country would offer more opportunities, Tori will soon be returning to the United States in order to launch her debut album. “I want my music, voice, and lyrics to touch people's hearts,” she says.

Although she realizes that many difficulties lie ahead, Tori's positive attitude and unwavering motivation keep her focused on her goals. “At times it can be very hard to earn a living as a musician,” she notes. “But if I keep pushing myself and giving it my all, I know I will succeed.”