Tori Vazquez

When: Wed., July 31 2013

7 p.m., singer-songwriter

Tori Vazquez has posters of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn on her bedroom wall. She likes New Girl and sleepover jam sessions to Justin Timberlake. This 19-year-old from Fayetteville, N.C., is like any other teenage girl, except for her blossoming music career. “I honestly never expected to be here at all,” Vazquez says. “I used to just write music as a hobby, but my sister brought me to a studio, and here I am.” Delicate ukulele strums and beyond-her-years lyrics accompany this young talent’s smooth vocals on her first EP Louie. Vazquez’s acoustic sounds are reminiscent of The Voice’s Dia Frampton and the summer swooning of Colbie Caillat. “Most of my song topics come from real-life experience, just like any other artist, but I enjoy making my personal experience vague and relatable to everyone. For some people it’s sudoku, but for me, it’s writing a lyrical story,” Vazquez says with a laugh. —Kalyn Oyer WEDNESDAY

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