TORI Bella's love of Music and Songwriting all started with Poetry.  It all began
with her love of Langston Hughes, her favorite Poet, and a Haiku.  After falling in
love with Mr. Hughes work, she started writing her own Poetry.  
"When I was a
kid, I use to write all the time.  Thinking back on it now, that's all I ever did with
my time."  
One of her teachers in school, told her to continue writing because he
saw her enormous potential.  
"My teacher, Mr. Fabian would make me enter
these Poetry contest all the time.  Never understood it because I never won any
of them.  But, for some reason, I believe that was his intention all along - just to
see how far I could go with it.  The lesson I believe now that he was trying to
show me back then was to motivate me.  Truly believe it was not all about
winning so much as keeping at something that you were naturally good at, and
not giving up, and if you stuck with some- thing long enough, in time, it would
pay off.  He would tell me all the time, here's a contest I want you to enter.
Honestly, it would annoy me, but I would just start writing and kept at it.  Never
knew why he pushed me so hard all the time.  Glad he did push me.  Mr. Fabian
was my biggest supporter, biggest influence, biggest cheer- leader, and because
of that one teacher, I am now writing Songs, and recording them.  Who knew?."
TORI Bella' is the Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Owner, CEO and Founder of
TORIous Secrets/Silky Sheer Productions.  Her concept, and ideas when
choosing a name for her company was to keep everything ‘sexy and feminine’.  
TORI Bella' started her company due to her passion for Music, especially
Songwriting.  All of the songs that you hear are written and arranged by
'.  They are original, home grown, and it all comes from Philadelphia, PA.  It
all started with people around Philly who heard about her being a Singer and
Songwriter.  And, that she could also freestyle an entire Song and Hook.  The calls
started pouring in for her to go into the studio to record songs or sing on hooks.  
Let’s just say, things started falling into place, and
TORI Bella' decided to start
doing her own music.  
TORI Bella' began doing shows in and around Philly, and
after working in Radio and TV for awhile, she decided that her passion for Music
was much greater.  With the suggestion of a fellow musician from Chicago, via a
friend of a friend, he told
TORI Bella' that it would be significant if she had a
name for her company.  Of course, doing her research, she came up with
noTORIous Secrets/Silky Sheer Productions.  TORI Bella' says, “I had to
come up with something creative.  Honestly, I can thank my friends for this one.  
They are the ones who made me think outside of the box, and the name
TORIous just stuck.  To this day, everybody still calls me either TOR,
TORIous or just Bella'."
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So TOR, who is that one person, that most people tell you that you sound like?  
What's your style/genre of Music?  And, who would you say is your favorite
"A lot of people tell me that I have that Neo Soul vibe.  You know, kind
of chill, cool, laid back sound. Believe everybody hears something different.  Let
me tell you this story real quick.  I was singing at a private event, and one guy in
particular came up to me and said that I sound a lot like a Jazz Singer.  He
mentioned this lady, who is a Jazz Singer, but I don't remember her name.  He
said, I sound just like her.  Basically, my voice goes really deep, and at times I
will hit a high note.  When you hear my Music, I believe you have to decide for
yourself who I sound like.  But honestly, I have to say, I sound like myself
{smiles}.  As far as my genre of Music?  Let's just say I'm testing some new
waters as we speak, and that will be changing real soon.  And, my favorite
Singer - it's Sade, all day."  
Always wanted to ask this question.  TOR, what is
your Songwriting process like when you start writing a Song?  Is there a particular
place where you like to go to write?  And, is there a "must have" like say candles,
complete quiet, soft Music playing in the background?  Do you have a certain room
where you like go?
 "My process - well, I only write Songs when I have
something to say, and when I'm feeling it.  For instance - if I have something on
my mind, and I get hyped about it, I'm writing about it.  If what I have to say
doesn't come easy for me to write, I won't force it.  It has to just flow.  And if not,
I'll put the pen and paper away until it comes to me.  Also, the Song- writing
process usually goes in spurts for me.  There may be a time where I'll go crazy
writing a ton of Songs, then all of a sudden, nothing will come out at all.  Is
there a particular place?  No, not really.  A long time ago, my thing was writing
Songs sitting on the floor in my living room.  It gave me a lot of space to spread
my papers everywhere.  Plus, that's the biggest room, that's why I did it that
way.  Now, I write Songs everywhere.  In the car, record ideas so I can come
back to them later.  But, at the end of the day, I always end up in the living room
for some reason {lol}.  You asked about a quiet place?  Is there such a place?  
Basically, I just tune everything and everybody out, and start writing."
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