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REFLECTING WITH TORI MARTIN


Tori Martin carries a sense of maturity that can only be found through a wealth of life experiences, and it is undeniable in her artistry. While only in her 20s, she brings a fresh perspective and a sense of authenticity with her every time she hits the stage. Sharp sophistication meets humble nature, for this true entertainer who is equal parts exciting and relatable. She dazzles with her high energy performance numbers but is just as confident stripped back allowing her powerhouse vocals to shine. From early life on the sunny shores of Florida, to establishing family roots in Texas, each and every moment had a profound influence on the artist she is today.


Her story begins at a little country & western bar called Desperado’s. Tori’s Paw-Paw was the proprietor of that bar and also happened to be a fiercely passionate music fan. He raised her on the classics, like Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette, and was the first in her family to recognize her talents. When she was just 8 years old, his belief was further bestowed upon her when he purchased her a guitar further encouraging her to follow her dreams. That set the trajectory for the rest of her life.


Having to move frequently comes with growing up a military kid. While no easy feat, it proved to be the perfect training ground for a career in entertainment. Tori shares: “Some of the greatest things I’ve learned from being a military brat is honor and perseverance. I strive to do all things with honor and excellency in my music career.”


She first found her voice at a local church, but the now seasoned performer had the opportunity to hone her skills as a teenager around the Texas Opry house circuit. Tori fondly recalls that experience: “They’re a dying breed now, but the Opry houses had some of the best musicians there were to offer. They were slick and helped me get used to playing with a great band at a young age. I sang country standards and it really made me fall in love with the genre more at that age.”


It was the success that she found in Texas that propelled her move to Nashville – and in 2017, she took a leap of faith without knowing a single soul. Armed with the positive outlook and life motto of “just show up,” she put herself out there and quickly begin hanging in circles with some of Nashville’s most awarded songwriters. It was a chance meeting at a mixer that led to working with producer, Bill Warner. Together with her label, LuckySky Music, they are carving a path that is uniquely her own. The multifaceted sides of her artistry are most clearly displayed on her latest project, Lucky.


Armed with the confidence and courage to leave a mark on the format, the future proves promising for the young entertainer as she prepares to bring single, Lucky, to radio this summer. She explains: “My greatest dream is to share what I love to do with the world, and that is to sing and make music. I love to be on stage and connect with my fans. To me, that’s home.”


When she’s not on the road, Tori enjoys spending time with her husband and their two golden retrievers, Duke and Daisy. Always on the pursuit to express herself creatively, she is also a talented and experienced interior designer. Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has hugely impacted your artistry.


One of my happiest memories was going on the Reflect Tour where I spoke and sang at high schools. It was eye opening to see the reach my music had with teens and young adults on the tour. I realized then that music is so much more than “just music”… it has the power to make a real difference and I’m honored to be a part of that.


How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?


Growing up I ran track and field, played volleyball and was a center-fielder on the softball team. It started for me back then because I loved to be active. I learned that in order to do those activities I needed to fuel my body and take care of myself. To this day I carry a lot of what I learned from sports with me.


Who did you learn from to instill those values?


I was influenced by many of my coaches years ago, and one of my favorites was Coach Dennis. Coach ran cross country until she was well into her seventies and if she could stay active through her entire life, I was inspired to live a life that enabled me to do the same.


Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?


It’s definitely an everyday choice. I choose foods that fuel me throughout the day instead of fried or processed foods that can make me feel sluggish. I think it's so important to eat things that give you energy and help you accomplish everything you need to take on the day!


Was there a turning point in how you decided to put yourself first?


The pandemic certainly showed many of us where we needed to make a change. 2020 was such a hard year and there was a time where I wasn’t inspired to workout or do much of anything. It was towards the end of the year that I connected with my friend who is a nutritionist because I really needed some inspiration and support. In October of 2020 I started with her in an accountability group and it really helped me find that inspiration to put my health first.


How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?


I love to stay active with strength training, yoga, going on walks with my two golden retrievers (Duke and Daisy) and eating whole foods! I also started focusing on my mental health and have an amazing therapist.


In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?

I’m pretty active on my Instagram Stories and love to connect with fans where I’ll usually post polls and questions. There is also a Facebook group for my fans called, The Lucky Stars and is a good place for us to stay connected.


Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?


I’m really lucky to have a supportive husband and great friends. Jason is amazing at checking in and I’m thankful to have one of my childhood besties who always keeps it real with me.


Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how has it changed your life now?


One of the toughest habits I had to break was eating out so much! I know this is a huge habit for many and it’s really tough to beat the convenience! I found recipes that inspired me to get back in the kitchen and when I’m too busy to cook, I love to get ready-to-enjoy healthy meals that help me stay the course.


Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?


This is such a great question, I would say “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton is a song that always motivates me about what is really important in this life. I’m very inspired by the queen of country music and even have a song I wrote about her called “What Would Dolly Do?”!


What is the mantra of 2022?!


My mantra for 2022 is, “The world is your oyster!”


Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!


“Lucky” is the name of my latest project produced by Bill Warner. It is also my current single at country radio that I wrote with Kirsti Manna and Lynn Wilbanks. The single inspired the entire record and it really is about rolling the dice on yourself and taking a chance in life! You can also find the song I mentioned inspired by Dolly Parton on that project too. Thanks so much for sharing my music and story!


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