Baton Rouge, La.-native Tori Harris, 25, quit her corporate job working in a cubicle to become a musician. Exactly 40 days later, while Harris was waitressing at a restaurant, a stranger told Harris that the Holy Spirit had put it on her heart to send Harris to a music conference.
Ten days later, Harris went to the conference, paid for by the stranger and the stranger’s husband, and was offered her first major label publishing deal.
Age: 25, one older and one younger sister
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.; now living in Nashville, Tenn.
Parish: St. Philip Parish in Franklin, Tenn.
Genre: Christian and Gospel
Advice: “Do something every day that terrifies you.”
“If it weren’t for that moment, I wouldn’t have my start either,” Harris, a Catholic recording artist told Catholic Herald myFaith Staff in a phone interview. “It’s because of that totally random, Holy Spirit event that I am able to do what I do now.”
When she released her first EP, “Adoremus,” last January, it made it to the Top 100 iTunes Gospel New Release Chart.
Harris, who grew up across the street from a Sisters of St. Joseph convent, and went to weekday Masses often with her family – her father, an architect, mother, an attorney, and two sisters – is releasing another EP in March, “Sweet Dolor,” which translates from Latin to “Sweet Sorrow,” reflecting her consecration to Our Lady of Sorrows.
Harris is also involved in the pro-life movement, and recently signed a deal to go on tour with Save the Storks, an organization whose mission is to empower abortion-minded mothers to choose life by partnering with local pregnancy centers that will own and operate their Stork Buses, complete with ultrasound machines, outside of abortion clinics.
Harris is scheduled for rehearsal in Wisconsin in February, and plans to book a few shows – visit her website for the dates to be announced.