Tori H (Torill Hjelle) was born a cold autumn day in a tiny city west in Norway called Flora october 1985.
When she was 1 year old her mom decided to move together with her fiancée in a place called Byrkjelo.
They packed their stuff and move along with Tori’s dad to live in a small apartment close to her fathers parents.
Later on they started to build their own house on the top of a “hill”.
Living on the “country” has its good and bad sides.
But it’s the perfect place for a child to grow up in.
Music has been a part of her life from the moment she was born.
Tori’s dad played country music all day and night.
Her grandfather used to be a guitarist for a local band as well as
her father used to play steel guitar for another local group.
Tori always kept herself in her private space.
Her bedroom’s always been her favourite place.
She used to sing along to her Backstreet Boys and Mariah Carey records and dream of being an artist herself one day.
At the age of 15 she started to write her own lyrics.
It was hard at the beginning but loosened after a while.
Dreaming of being able to record only got stronger and
with friends pushing her in the back she knew what she had to do.
Sitting on almost 150 lyrics she decided to go into the studio to record her 1’st demo cd.
The original title of the track was called ”I don’t wanna” but Tori wasn’t thrilled about it so she changed it to “Tomorrow Might Be Too Late”.
Most of the lyric in that song comes from Tori’s heart, all
thought the producer had to fix it to make it fit with his music.
She was quite nervous in the studio that day but it all went well.
She went home with a lot more confidence than she had when she left.
Both family and friends were so excited to hear what she’d been up to and how it sounded.
It turned out to be a success!
After a couple of months she decided to send it in for a local radio competition with other artists like Tone Damli Aaberge who was # 2 in the Norwegian Idol and Håvard Lothe who went to the Paul McCartney school in London.
She waited for a long time until she finally got the call that her song came through and that she had to do an interview on the phone later on.
The interview went well and her song was played on the radio as one of the challengers on “Fylkestoppen”. (nrk s&fj)
She was very nervous that her song wouldn’t make it into the list but it did and ended up as
# 4 which pushed the Idol girl off the chart.
Another surreal dream had come true…
To be continued...
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