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When she was 14, Tori Kelly started writing songs in the bedroom of her Southern California home. Within years she began sharing those songs online, and quickly won over Internet audiences with her sweetly soaring vocals, graceful guitar-playing, and knack for blending breezy melodies with boldly heart-on-sleeve lyrics. With her YouTube channel boasting more than 55 million views and almost 700,000 subscribers, the 20-year-old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is now at work on her debut album— a passionate pairing of soul and pop that reflects both her lifelong devotion to music and uncommon authenticity as an artist.A musical purist who began singing at age three and learned to play drums and guitar by the time she was 16, Kelly wrote, produced, mixed, and self-released an EP titled Handmade Songs By Tori Kelly in May 2012—then saw the EP debut at #6 on Soundscan’s New Artist chart and at #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Earlier that same year, Kelly’s online popularity skyrocketed when a YouTube video of her stripped-down, goosebump-inducing rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” went viral, and to date has garnered over 17 million views. With the end of 2013 comes the release of Tori’s EP ‘Foreword’ which debuted at #16 on the Top 200 with over 16,000 units sold in the first week. She capped off the week performing lead single and iTunes single of the week, ‘Dear No One’ on the Ellen DeGeneres show. For her debut album, Kelly is back in the studio working to elevate her artistry while delivering honest, emotionally charged music that resonates with those who’ve supported her musical journey over the years. “I’m always very real in my songwriting—I’m not trying to put on a mask or hide behind any kind of gimmick,” says Kelly, who lists artists as eclectic as Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, Jeff Buckley, and Maxwell as key inspirations. “No matter what I’m going to do my own thing. So when people tell me that they relate to my songs, or that something I’ve written really connects with them, that’s just the best feeling in the world.”

Reviews

Tori Kelly... AWESOME!

5 stars
DoubleA2005 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha

This was a night I will never forget! Tori is VERY talented! She knows how to put on a great show! I belted out every lyric of every song and by the time I got home, my voice was hoarse. It was sooo worth it!! I LOVE Tori!

a night to remember

5 stars
Liz03 Fox Theater - Oakland, Oakland

Tori was soooo amazing. like I can't even describe how wonderful that night was. She is an angel from heaven.

Can't wait to see her again!

5 stars
SofiaF Fox Theater - Oakland, Oakland

What a show! From beginning to end TK rocked! She seemed so comfortable in front of the crowd. Such a beautiful voice. Her drum solo was remarkable. She's up and coming, but won't be for long. Catch her in a smaller venue before she blows up and can only be seen in a stadium.

Great.

3 stars
esem27 Fox Theater - Oakland, Oakland

This concert was really great. Tori has an incredible voice and is extremely talented on both the guitar and drums. Artists who play instruments along with vocals are always much more fascinating to experience live, and for that I wasn't disappointed whatsoever. The only downside as to why I docked 2 stars was because the meet and greet was only a few seconds and she seemed fed up from having to take pictures with so many strangers. And also because the pit wasn't fun at all, especially not for average sized people. I am an average 5 foot 5, person and was three rows from the front in the pit and I still couldn't see her due to FOUR 6foot tall guys infront of me. This made me feel extremely bad for anyone else that was there that couldn't see either. But besides those two problems, I would recommend going to see Tori in concert at least once in their lives. The music, display and vocals were to die for.

Tori Kelly is Ultra Talented!! Great Experience!!

5 stars
FCS33 Fox Theater - Oakland, Oakland

When Tori Kelly came to Oakland not only was the price of the ticket for this event more than reasonable, but her performance was outstanding! The opening group was on point and Tori Kelly playing guitar, singing, and connecting with the audience was amazing!