Tory Silver

Words by Nikita Satapathy

Photo by Carter Howe

Photo by Carter Howe

Singer/songwriter Tory Silver has broken through the folk and bossa nova scene with her new album, Observere. Originally from Ohio, Silver is now based in Massachusetts and uses impressive guitar melodies with raw, emotional lyrics to bring listeners into her world of honesty and simplicity. Our interview with Silver further dives into her introduction to the music world and her influences for her debut album, which is out now and available on Spotify. 


What was the inspiration for your first album, Observere?

The majority of the album has to do with accepting situations as they come along, and how to go about handling them. I'm a believer that there's a purpose to everything, and if deep down I truly believe that, that means what happens in life is part of something greater, and I should be able to go about life happily. Easier said than done, but that's what I'm working toward, and the album are my thoughts along the way on how I'm figuring that out.


What genres do you like to pull influence from?

A lot of rock influences! Grew up listening to classic rock, punk, alternative, and as I got older I started expanding into bossa nova, blues, and a bit of jazz which definitely has had a huge affect on me.


How did you get involved in music? Was there a particular moment or person that helped?

My mother pushed my younger sister and I into music. She signed us up for piano lessons which I wasn't thrilled about. I knew I loved music and wanted to play, but it didn't quite connect with the piano. When I was 12 I spent my summer at a camp. I signed up for a class called School of Rock which is where I picked up the guitar for the first time. Easily one of the greatest romances of our time because I fell in love with it. That was my way connecting with music creatively.


What is your favorite part of performing?

Performing holds a special place in my heart. Whether I'm performing with the band or solo, there's a raw, but warm intimacy to it. It feels good to sing loudly what's going on in my head. 


How would you describe your music to new listeners?

I'd say it's a rocky, bluesy, jazzy combo.


Are there any particular artists you hope to work with in the future?

Many people have told me my music reminds them of Margaret Glaspy. She's a great guitar player, and has an edge in her voice I'm absolutely in love with. She's someone I'd love to duo with someday.


Where do you hope to be in 5 years? What about 10 years?

In the next 5 years, I'd love to be playing music full time and touring internationally. 10 years, I'd I see myself still touring, and by then have produced my 7th or 8th album. Fingers crossed!