Saturday, July 21st at 8:30 – 10:30 pm
Inspiring, tender and passionate, Vanessa Torres’ songs and performance are soulful personal portraits rooted in universal themes of compassion and hope. It is her unique blend of authenticity and grace that makes Torres’ music both refreshing and inspiring. Torres’ songs draw you in by being both catchy and lyrically moving.
Such qualities as a songwriter have awarded her numerous honors such as winning this years “Best Folk Act” in the 2012 Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll. Torres was also selected for the prestigious Emerging Artist Showcase for the 2010 FalconRidge Folk Festival, received 3rd place in the 2010 Music to Life Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival (out of over 300 applicants) and received Honorable Mention in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and Telluride Troubador Songwriting Competitions.
In addition to these honors, Vanessa has toured nationally, sharing stages with numerous acclaimed artists from Kaki King to Erin Mckeown to Anais Mitchel. In 2008, Torres was asked to join Holly Near, Laura Love, John McCutcheon and Emmas Revolution in the ‘Sing out the Vote’ tour rallying voters for Barack Obama across the battleground state of Ohio.
Good Times Music Magazine describes Vanessa’s songs as having “…a lighthearted yet serious contempt for social mores combined with a well of charisma and a smile that can still grab the attention of a society that worships the superficialities championed by prime-time t.v..”
Straddling the lyrical and the political folk music realms, Torres’ songs are full of raw emotion and a strong call to justice. Chris Darling, host of WMPG radio says of Torres, “No stranger to community activism, her music is a testament to her belief that music, community and making a difference are all tied together.”
Torres’ latest album “Without Sight” was released in March 2012. Featuring 13 original songs, Witness was produced by the critically acclaimed, internationally touring cellist and songwriter Mai Bloomfield, best known for collaboration with Willy Porter, Adam Cohen and her own band Raining Jane. Without Sight was recorded by Mark Thayer at the Signature Sounds Studio, one of contemporary folk’s premier record labels.
Vanessa Torres, touring singer-songwriter: cultivating the place where poetry meets social justice:
“With the raw simplicity of bare hands in the dirt, Vanessa Torres writes folk songs that blend tender honesty with a strong call to action.”