Tory Connolly is an evangelist who owes her recovery, deliverance and salvation to the Lord Jesus Christ.
A Miss Brick House beauty contest winner while still in college, she then went on the road as a dancer with Lionel Richie and The Commodores.
After graduation from OSU she worked as a news reporter in Ohio, then bored that there were no “bright lights, big city”, limo rides or celebrities, jetted to Los Angeles where she got a job at Motown Hitsville Studios in 1983.
There at the height of preparations for the Motown 25 television special, she met Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Jermaine Jackson, Suzanne de Passe and saw Lionel Richie again. Her time there was when Michael Jackson-mania was about to take off. Jackson’s “Billy Jean” song-and-dance spectacle on the Motown 25 tv special rocked the music industry and shot Michael’s career into the stratosphere.
Simultaneously, Tory whose future once looked so bright, she felt she only had to show up for the next adventure, soon succumbed to drugs, alcohol and manic depression. She spent 12 harrowing years in and out of mental hospitals and rehabs.
On February 25, 1998, Tory surrendered her life to Christ. She was miraculously delivered and has not had to take medication since then.
She is co-author of two published anthologies, FOOD FOR THE SOUL , (Church Publishing, 2003 edited by Rev. Elisabeth Maxwell and Susan Shapiro) and IN TIMES LIKE THESE: HOW WE PRAY which has 50 contributing writers including the legendary literary icon, Norman Mailer.
Excerpts from Tory’s story have been published in The New York Times, The NY Daily News, The Greenwich Village Gazette and in The New Yorker magazine by the celebrated essayist and humorist, Ian Frazier.
Tory has appeared on NBC’s Weekend Today and on Leonard Lopate’s National Public Radio (NPR) radio program. At that point Ms. Connolly came full circle having once been an NPR reporter herself.
She has also given her testimony on Christian radio, WMCA New York’s Christian Talk and WWDJ. At the United Nations in the General Assembly she gave a short testimony and performed her original song, “United We Stand” in the wake of the emotional trauma of 9-11.
She continues to speak often at various community centers, churches and colleges. Recently Tory has completed a book of her life story:
MISS BRICK HOUSE: A MEMOIR OF MOTOWN, MONEY, MEN AND MADNESS. She lives in New York City.
For music by Tory: https://new.myspace.com/christtovictoryministries/music/songs
Comments from previous blog version
Posted by Namnae on Jul 18th, 2015
Please. Michael Jackson was an 80 s has-been. He turned into a FREAK, and child moesetlr. Yes, he had talent, but he threw is away. He became a habitual drug abuser, had more than 25 plastic surgeries to look like Diana Ross, bleached his skin, ran up egregious debt and fled the country, stiffing his creditors and you people think he is eligible for sainthood ???? Disgusting.The sad irony of this entire scenario are the three children. Who will really look out after them? All is see are money-grubbing relatives waiting to cash in.
Posted by Marlo on Jul 21st, 2015
Michael Jackson’s creepiness has prtety much been exalted here.I think his two major contributions have been the moon walk (lol, but seriously) and the creation of serious big budget music videos with Thriller. Other than that, he sold lots of albums during a period where albums could be sold and not stolen so easily.From the respect of these industry changes, it may be difficult to achieve as high album sales. But think there will be others who will have a much greater overall impact on society and in a positive way.NEXT!
Posted by tory on Oct 4th, 2015
Namnae and Marlo, since your comments are quite similar I’ll address them both here. Thank you for stopping by this website! And I pray you read the articles if you or a loved one or a friend needs healing and deliverance through the only True Healer, Jesus Christ.
I mention Michael Jackson in my bio here and in my testimony because he was a significant part of my history. I once worked at Motown Hitsville studios in L.A and Michael Jackson came through there and went on to become the biggest entertainer in the world. That doesn’t mean he’s eligible for sainthood! And I never said so. I just reported facts. The world glorified Michael, I glorify JESUS CHRIST. JESUS is my Savior, Healer and Deliverer. And JESUS is whom I serve. God bless you, Namnae and Marlo. I pray that the Lord God may lead you always! In Christ, Tory