Pop singer and songwriter Tori Kelly is a bold force to be reckoned with. Her music is made up of a forthrightness which stems from the fact that she has no illusions about this world; she recognizes that we all bear the same struggles, goals and desires and works to incorporate that into her music, establishing the deepest of connections with her audience. Even when polished and made up for a video or show, the California native perpetually appears to be half wild, flaunting a golden mess of hair and a twinkling pair eyes that never cease to convey her every bit of passion. As she belts out personal lyrics that tell of heartbreak, love and all the growing confidence that can be experienced throughout one’s twenties, old and new fans alike are finding a safe haven in the stories this artist has to share.
Born to two musicians, Kelly was destined for a spotlight. She performed in talent shows, struggled through competitions, and remained intent on not only discovering her fame but also making an impact – despite all the rejections she was dealt from judges throughout her youth. She perceived every “no” as an opportunity rather than a form of failure and worked to perfect her skills while also taking advantage of our generation’s greatest asset: the internet. Kelly decided to put herself out there via social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even Vine.
The starlet seemed to find her most success, however, within YouTube, where her channel currently has just under 1 million subscribers. She picked the video-sharing site to be her biggest platform for dishing out songs, as well as the initial outlet she used to build a name for herself and break onto the music scene. Many of her posts consist of covers, including her well-known rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking ‘Bout You,” which garnered over 17 million views as well as massive amounts of attention from music blogs and talent seekers alike.
Kelly has since released two self-produced EPs: Handmade Songs (2012), and Foreword (2013), the latter having debuted #16 in the Top 200. She hopes these will suffice as a promising intro to an album she intends to create with the help of manager Scooter Braun (Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen.) In addition, the songstress also released the single “Fill a Heart” in 2013 to bring attention to the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign. Her tour for the ConAgra sponsored program consisted of performances across the continent and a daily duty of helping out at the food banks of whichever city she was in. She has performed on The Ellen Show, the Queen Latifah Show, and at Madison Square Garden where she opened for Ed Sheeran – an accomplishment she remains humbled by to this day.
An alluring combination of candid and self-reliant, Tori Kelly has successfully mastered a soul-cleansing approach to all she writes, produces, and graces audiences with. Give her music a listen and discover the versatile and exceedingly charming woman who is connecting with fans everywhere.
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