Thursday, February 16, 2012
You may know her as the Season 2 winner of the local singing competition, Lucky Break. Or maybe your recognize her from when she received the golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol.
But most of you probably remember Tora Woloshin as the vocalist that blew away the judges on X Factor USA.
On Feb. 14 the petite, blonde powerhouse released her debut album, "Open Heart Surgery" - and she even tweeted that it already sold out (but more are on the way).
Tucson Weekly music editor Stephen Seigel wrote about her record release party in Soundbites this week:
A few months ago, Woloshin was delighted to come across a fan video of a toddler dancing to one of her X Factor performances. It wasn't until she started doing research to find a charity beneficiary for her upcoming CD-release party that she discovered that the toddler in the video, a Tucsonan named Caleb, was afflicted with neurofibromatosis (NF). According to a press release, "NF is a common neurological disorder that can cause tumors to grow anywhere in or on the body and can result in cancer, blindness, deafness, bone deformities, loss of limb and scoliosis." But that wasn't all: Caleb's 10-year-old sister and their father are also afflicted by the disorder. Woloshin had found her beneficiary.
This week, Woloshin will drop that CD, Open Heart Surgery (JukeBox), with a release party that doubles as a fundraiser for the Children's Tumor Foundation, which is "dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by NF."
Tora Woloshin celebrates the release of Open Heart Surgery on Saturday, Feb. 18, at DV8, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. Doors open at 8 p.m., and special guests include Vintage Sugar, Broken Romeo, DJ Brandon and rapper Chris Young. Tickets are $10, or $25 for a VIP package that includes a CD. All ages are welcome, and there will be a bar for those older than 21. For more information, call the venue at 885-3030, or head to showclix.com/event/ToraCDRelease.