Torie Jock – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

TJ: Hi! My name is Torie Jock and I am stoked to be talking with you today! I am a singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself in the industry.

TJ: I knew this was what I had to do from the time I was in the womb! I truly believe that I was put on this earth to perform. I started out in the industry dancing when I was one year old.  I absolutely LOVED being on stage. Looking out into the audience and seeing everyone look back at me made me feel incredibly comfortable, oddly enough.  I never wanted to leave! I started modeling at four years old, and then got heavy into acting and singing at nine. I’ve been writing lyrics, scripts, stories, etc for as long as I can remember.


PD: Who are your musical influences?

TJ: There are so many amazing artists that have inspired me in so many ways! I would say that the artists that have had the greatest impact in shaping me into the artist I am today would be, Cher, Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette, and Amy Winehouse. When I started singing at nine, my vocal coach actually thought I may be tone deaf. I had a really hard time learning to sing. I ended up quitting, and shortly after I saw the movie Burlesque, starring Cher, I absolutely fell in love! I started singing Welcome to Burlesque in my living room one day, and my mom ran out of the kitchen and said, “You sound just like Cher!” We called my old vocal coach and asked her to listen to me sing it, and when she did, she said, “We can work with this.” For some reason, I was able to hear the notes in Cher’s music. I never would’ve learned to sing if it wasn’t for her music. I was actually hired by a Cher Tribute Company to be a Mini Cher impersonator when I was eleven! I started getting really into 80s rock when I was about twelve, and I stumbled upon Joan Jett. I thought she was the coolest chick I had ever seen! I loved her image and her rock ‘n roll attitude! Her music and style was what really made me want to be a rock ‘n roller! Alanis Morissette’s lyrics blow me away. Jagged Little Pill was an album of choice for me starting at the age of two. As I got older, I realized how brilliantly written her lyrics are. Her lyrics speak to me on a level I cannot even explain. I wanted to write like that! Or, at least try! I also loved her unique sound and the fact that she had a voice and certain vocal qualities that no one could replicate. I remember asking my vocal coach at nine when I first started with her if she could teach me to sing an Alanis song … The look on her face was priceless! I got into Amy Winehouse’s music around eleven. When I hit about fourteen, I was told by a lot of people that I had a blues/jazzy quality to my voice. I loved Amy’s music, and I liked the idea of trying to incorporate a jazzy sound into my rock music. An incredible artist, gone too soon.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TJ: My dream and goal is to be a successful singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer! We all have a different definition of the word “success.” For me, I would just love to have my work be what I love to do. In theory, if you’re doing what you love, then you never have to work!


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

TJ: I write my own lyrics, and I co-write the music. My new, unreleased album, Damaged Goods, was co-written by me and Eric Gynan, my manager and the guitar player for Leaving Eden. I was just recently signed to Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal Worldwide Distribution! A single, Outta Control, off of the album, Damaged Goods, was released worldwide on 07/09/21! My music is all about experiences I’ve had. Usually pretty personal stuff, but sometimes some fun stuff too!


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TJ: Social media and networking! Getting out and meeting people is so important! You never know who knows whom and who is in charge of what.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TJ: I think it is awesome that we have the technology to make music available worldwide! I will say though, it saddens me that records and CDs have become pretty obsolete. Just like I prefer to read a paperback book versus an e-book, I love tangible records and CDs.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

TJ: There are so many awesome songs that I wish I had written! I Love Rock ‘n Roll is definitely one that comes to mind. I don’t think there is a soul on this planet that doesn’t know that song, and that’s pretty amazing! Would love to have written such a timeless, universal song like that!


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TJ: How long do we have? LOL – Hard to say until something happens … Then in the moment I can say, “Pet peeve!” One I can think of off the top of my head is non-commitment. I hate when people commit to something and then back out, or they cancel constantly, etc. That is definitely a big one for me.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TJ: I would say that creating Damaged Goods is probably my proudest moment in music. I absolutely love every song on the album, and I poured my heart and soul into every lyric. My manager, Eric Gynan, pushed me until everything was the best it could be, and I really appreciate that. That’s how you get a great product and something you’re truly proud of. You work, work, work, until you get there!


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

TJ: At the moment I am getting everything up and running for the upcoming release of Damaged Goods. I am working with my band to get our set list ready for some upcoming gigs we have, one coming up very soon on August 7th in Salem, New Hampshire! I am getting ready to film for a feature film I have been cast in that we start shooting at the end of this month! And I am always writing and creating in some way … I don’t know how to stop! Nor do I want to!


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

TJ: My new single, Outta Control, off of my unreleased album, Damaged Goods, is out now and available worldwide! Once Damaged Goods is released, that will also be available worldwide!

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