“A little bit of folk; a little bit of country; a whole lot of raspy cut-to-the-heart feeling.” – Rolling Stone (SA)
Shotgun Tori (aka Victoria Landey) is, at heart, a storyteller, a woman with a voice and a guitar, her subject matter approached with an interesting, occasionally humorous, yet always insightful life view.
Her touching, raw vocal delivery is both tender and powerful, and listeners are left with no doubt that she sings straight from her heart. Tori’s music puts you on the spot, in the moment, while sometimes fun and upbeat, it is often gentle and heart-wrenching.
Fast approaching 400 live performances since her debut in 2011, her personal record being four shows on one day, Tori has toured the length and breadth of South Africa and thrown in Namibia and Mozambique for good measure.
Her commitment to her craft and her dedication to performing live has seen her become a music festival staple with performances at Oppikoppi, Strab, Afrika Burns, Mieliepop, Parklife (where she opened the main stage for international headliner Xavier Rudd), Rise & Shine and more.
Sweet Weather, the single, with accompanying video, off her critically acclaimed 2011 debut EP Are We Fine Yet?, had a 9 week run on the MKTV Top 10 reaching the coveted number one spot and a receiving a nomination for a MK Award in the “Best Solo” category. The song also reached the number 2 spot on the Jon Savage 5fm national chart show.
Her latest music offering, the aptly titled Be Brave, and her first full length album, was released end June 2013. Wanting to retain her musical independence Tori received most of the album funding from fans through an online indiegogo.com crowd funding campaign. The album was produced by Jay “Rambling” Bones and engineered at the legendary B# Studios by JP Destefani. The album is available in leading independent music stores, on iTunes and other leading digital / streaming outlets.
A few press quotes:
“Shotgun Tori is one serious vocal powerhouse coming out of South Africa music scene today … She blends folk, rockabilly, and alternative for a sound that can go from gritty to dreamy in just a few minutes” Eartotheground.co (USA)
“You get performers and then you get Shotgun Tori … Shotgun Tori is exactly what this country needs to put it on the map” Indiedoesit.co.za
“One of the brighter lights in the, happily, burgeoning South African alt-folk scene, Shotgun Tori (aka Victoria Landey) is a passionate, convincing performer.” The Citizen
“[Shotgun Tori] belts out her folky tunes with a sincerity that draws the crowd in.” jhblive.com
“heartfelt and occasionally sorrowful, but leaves you feeling like you’ve been party to something really beautiful” athousandguitars.com