Tori Tullier Finds Her Artistic Voice with ‘Songbird’

Shifting from the co-writer’s chair to the artist’s chair isn’t always as easy as it looks. Tori Tullier recalls her trepidation when contemplating putting out her own music for the first. Tullier, however, would not let this fear hold her back, and has proceeded to make this transition look seamless, adding her inspirational voice to the fray and offering a unique and profound perspective to the modern Nashville scene. Tullier’s new single, Songbird, is a beautifully penned and incredibly moving ode to every song-chaser out there trying to make this dream so much more than that.

We had the chance to chat with Tullier about her new single, musical background, journey, and more!!!

Worlds of Country 

 When did you know that music was going to be your thing?

Tori 

I would say probably around 12. I wrote my first song around then and had been taking classical piano lessons for a while and started kind of just improvising and wanting to be creative, and then paired that with diary entries.  I just kind of caught the bug. And it was always something that I did. And I kind of had abandoned stuff and performed when I was growing up. It was just always the thing I loved the most.

Worlds of Country 

 Once you realize it was something that you could pursue more seriously, what was that first big step towards doing so

Tori 

I would say, I went to music school, which, which was good, because it just kind of got my feet wet. And I was around a lot of other people who were like minded and trying to pursue the same thing, and we’re all learning. And then I would say two really important steps were internships. I did an internship in A&R in New York, for Virgin Records at the time. And then the next summer, I did an internship in Nashville at Warner Brothers. And both kind of showed me, I think, Nashville, more showed me that there was this whole bedrock of songwriting. And there were these two magical streets where people went in every day and wrote songs with other people, and then came out. And I didn’t really know that that existed until I went there. And for me, the writing was always my favorite part of it. So when I kind of saw that, oh, this is a career and people are writing for other people and themselves. Then I was like, Okay, this is where I need to be. And it was, it was the summer, I think it was 2010. So it was like the summer that the house that built me was the big song. And that was just a really cool time to be here. Because I think, to this day, that’s just one of the best country songs ever written. So it was it was really neat to be there during that time.

Worlds of Country 

Did you always know that you wanted to put out your own music eventually, or were you content with being a songwriter?

Tori 

 I was actually very much against putting out my own music for a long time. I was very happy being the CO-Writer in the room and letting the the artists run with it and kind of staying in the background. And after a while, I kind of had to check myself a little bit and be like, Okay, are we not pursuing the artist side of things? Because like, that’s truly not what we want to do, or is it based out of fear? And I kind of realized after a while, I was like, Okay, I think I’m not pursuing this, because there’s some fear tied up in that. And I think  it’s never a good thing to make a decision from that place. So over quarantine, I ended up just  writing by myself a lot. And getting back to sort of the roots of why I got started and just

Worlds of Country 

How would you describe your musical style for people that haven’t heard your music before?

Tori 

I would say it is definitely lyrical. And I don’t know, kind of just like a lot of singer-songwriters, a lot of these are songs , some feeling in them, hopefully it brings out some emotion. And I’m a piano player, first and foremost. So most of these songs were written on piano and then translated to guitar. I’m learning guitar right now. And I’m trying to make the switch. But I mean, most of them just came from a really real place. And I mean, I look up to people like, like Patty Griffin, or Kathleen Edwards, or Lori McKenna, or Natalie Hemby, who, you know, just write and do what they do as songwriters. And you know, go from there.

Worlds of Country 

So  your new single Songbird comes out this Friday, can you tell us the story behind that song and how that one came together.

Tori 

Yeah, um, so it was actually I wrote that in oh, gosh, probably April, April or May of 2020. So it was like peak pan, pandemic time. I think it was around the tiger King era of pandemic and yeah, it was season one of, of COVID. But yeah, I was, I was just kind of in like a last place as you know, artists and creative and songwriter folk tend to do and I started cleaning my baseboards all around my house, which is a really arduous task. And in doing so, I just got, like, kind of worked up and was like, What am I doing? Where am I going? I you know, am I supposed to be like pursuing the pub deal thing? Like, where do I fit and just got really, like, torn up about it and upset and, you know, kind of had a little bit of just like a real emotional moment. And at right after that moment, I just kind of went to the piano and the chorus just kind of came out. And it was a super weird kind of jumping melody thing. And it was, it really just came out like super easily. I think I wrote it in like an hour maybe after that. And so when songs come quickly, like that, I’m always like, it feels like the best feeling is when you’re like a channel and you just kind of feel like something’s something’s moving through you. And I’m getting through you in some way. And I think that song is really, it’s really been more inspiring than I thought it would. And it’s lifted me up in times when I you know, I knew I didn’t know I needed it. And it’s, I don’t know, I hope it’s inspiring to other people songwriters, and other people like just to keep going. Because the world can be tough sometimes.

Worlds of Country 

What’s next for you?

Tori 

 I am in Nashville. And I’ve got my co writing schedule with lots of different artists and people I love in town and I’m working on getting a full EP out, which I’m hoping will be sometime in late July or early August.

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