Sentimental Sundays w/ Tory

Tory Williams Barnett is Radio Personailty and Media Specialist and Jazz Vocalist

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Known to her listeners as, “Tory”, Sentimental Sundays can be heard from 2pm-6pm each Sunday afternoon (ct). Sentimental Sundays w/ Tory on WFSK, where listener ship has captured the attention of Music City, has been on the air since 2003. She has a fiercely dedicated group of listeners, Tory refers to as Sentimental Sunday riders. Tory hopes to one day have a syndicated Radio Program to air nationwide. “If but for a moment, everyone should afford themselves a sentimental moment before the sun sets each day. Sentiment is revealing of oneself, a way to find your way back to you, by sharing how something, namely, music in lyric and instrumentation moves you.” Born Tory Williams, Tory discovered her love for music through listening to the music that resounded throughout her home as a child in Rhode Island. “Mother played so many styles of music. She played Diane Reeves, The Supremes, Marion Anderson, and Nancy Wilson, along with Earth Wind and Fire, The Average White Band and the Ohio Players. “I fell enamored by Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday and anything Stevie!” “Music has always been an intricate part of my life. In performance and now in radio.” She has enjoyed performing for crowds and recalls her first performance at the age of 7, where she was required to introduce herself and the piece she was performing. The audience cheered and clapped even before she got started. From that moment Tory new she wanted to be in performance. So for the community functions and abroad, Tory found herself not only performing, but serving as Mistress of Ceremony to the many shows she was talent. Throughout high school and while in college, Tory combined her love for people, music and public speaking by hosting talent shows, Emceed for community pageants and DJ’d for dance clubs. She reported campus news for Rhode Island College where she majored in Music and Mass Communications. Soon after, moved over to WBRU (Brown University) where she Co-Hosted her first radio show, In The Spirit. Tory stayed on with WBRU and hosted her first radio show on 360(degrees), Black Experience and Sound as “Tory”. Many have asked, ‘so what is your radio name, and I say, as matter-of-factly, “Tory” ‘ My listeners want to give me names like Cinnamon, Silk, Velvet and Sweet -T….I smile and say, “Tory, but call me what you want, just call me….” Tory is a devoted mother to her 3 children Byron Keith, Brittany and Britton, and is active on their school’s PTA makes every baseball game, Concert for Band and Marching Band performance. She is a supportive wife to her husband and has long heart strings for her family & friends. Tory makes personal references to her life as mother, wife and ‘A Child of God’, in an effort to connect her loyal listeners to the music and lyric she airs, thus creating Sentimental Sundays. A combination of emotional forethought and lyrical measure of the songs she plays; the composition of the instruments; the blend inside Sentimental Sundays w/ Tory, includes a segment where we “Swing w/ the Sisters” and the “Let’s Do It Again’ hour. Listeners love Swingin’ w/ The Sisters, “a medley of sisters to swing jazz, smooth jazz, and a touch of R&B classics, exclusive to the ladies. The selection just before the sisters come on adds chivalric appeal, as is a male artist ’opens the door for the ladies‘. The hour is lead with Gerald Veasley’s rendition of Let’s Do it Again w/ John Legend and The Staple Singers and multiple blends of Smooth jazz covers mixed with classic tunes, collecting and recollecting on your hearts fondest melodies. Inside Sentimental Sunday, in addition to the weather forecast, she gives her listeners the estimate-time of the sunset. Giving her listeners reason to ‘be still and share a moment with themselves, a loved one, with God‘. At the end of each show, Tory reminds her listeners “I’ll be here next Sentimental Sunday, if it’s in His will…listen…count your blessings one-by-one; be mindful of the needs of others, as they’ll be mindful of yours. Be a blessing for someone… and be good”. then Diane Reeves carries the show to it’s end with That’s All, with a resounding lyric, “I can only give you love that lasts forever. …a promise to be near each time you call,… the only heart I own, for you and you alone baby that’s all…that’s all!

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