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Award-winning teen alt-country sensation Torri Melhart's latest release, NOT A FAIRYTALE, is a collection of 10 alt-country/Americana songs that were inspired by the emotional toll of her parents' recent divorce. The album, released in late January 2014 on iTunes, shows that while her music is evolving, her unique voice still portrays a girlish vulnerability and her clever, catchy songwriting sets her apart.
"I put a lot more of myself and my own experiences into my new album", says Torri. In doing so, the time she spent on songwriting became a very emotional experience for her, as she opens up about personal moments of joy, heartbreak, and struggles beyond those typically seen with someone her age. "I have gotten stronger in the past year", she says, and it shows in her growing confidence as a musician who has been "paying her dues".
Torri has earned a reputation for writing honest, country-soaked music that connects with people of all ages on an emotional level, garnering her a legion of loyal fans at her shows and through social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Her online presence underscores her rising stardom with thousands of devoted "Melhearts" which keeps her busy. "There are so many really sweet fans who cheer me on and leave me messages", although she admits it's sometimes very time-consuming to keep up with all of their tweets and posts. "I want people to know that I'm just a regular girl and will talk to them."
Along with preparing the new CD, Torri spent last year performing shows throughout eastern and central PA as well as Nashville and New York City, where she was featured on the Pop City Tour with teen "X-Factor" finalist Reed Deming.
But Torri also has a heart as big as her voice, and she believes in giving back. Last summer, she spent a week in rural Kentucky with members of her church on a mission project to help rebuild houses for people in need. "I have been very blessed in my life, and I never want to take all this for granted", she adds. She'll be going again this summer as well.
Torri spent her early childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas--immersed in country music and a strong Christian faith by her parents and grandparents. Torri’s road to singing stardom actually began with a move to West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she excelled at figure skating. At a very young age, she learned how discipline and dedication were needed to accomplish her goals on the ice. However, after discovering a music program at her church and experiencing the powerful emotions of singing in public, she began to dedicate more and more of her time to singing.
At the age of thirteen, Torri began vocal and performance coaching with Taylor Swift’s former voice teacher and manager. She began to further develop her natural inclination towards country music and worked hard to become a polished and professional artist. Now in high school, Torri continues to write and sing her original music, and has performed throughout the country.