Indie Singer/Songwriter Tori Sparks Featured by Microsoft

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Media conglomerate teams up with ReverbNation to support independent musicians.

Tori Sparks is one of only a handful of independent artists featured on Microsoft's Windows Media Guide/Zune homepage. Tori's sultry murder ballad "Tall Towers" - recently featured on the Paste Magazine New Music Sampler # 53, and on CMJ's "New Music Download of the Week" - is available for free download for a limited time through the WMP/Zune website. Other featured artists include Band of Heathens, The Clintons, and Stephanie's Id. (http://www.windowsmedia.com/MediaGuide/US/Music/FreeMusicDownloads)

Sparks was brought to the media conglomerate's attention through indie-friendly artist resource company ReverbNation Tori's out-of-the-box approach to creating and marketing her last three albums, and well as her non-stop touring of the United States and Europe has pushed her to the forefront of the DIY music movement. Her new album The Scorpion in the Story recently broke the Top 100 on the Americana Music Chart, and has been receiving rave reviews from media outlets across the country.

"Tori Sparks is one of those independent singer-songwriters who's so driven it seems like signing with a record label would only slow her down. Sparks sings with distinct intensity--Scorpion is bluesy folk-rock in a Tom Waits vein: rough-edged, worldly-wise and potent," enthuses Jewly Hight of The Nashville Scene. Tori is on tour in the U.S. through December 2009 and into 2010 -- please see http://www.torisparks.com.

ReverbNation provides tools for working artists to connect directly with fans as well as with other industry professionals. It has been lauded by independent artists and major labels alike. In May, 2008, Judas Priest released an exclusive track from its upcoming album on ReverbNation.* The response was so strong that the band's label, Epic Records, described RN as "a must have tool for any artist's viral campaign."

*"Judas Priest Single 'Nostradamus' Blows Up With ReverbNation Widget". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-05-08. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=96327. Retrieved 2009-10-14.

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