Tori Kelly

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Tori Kelly
Birth nameVictoria Loren Kelly
Born(1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 21)
Wildomar, California
GenresPop, Soul, R&B
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, drums
Years active2006–present
LabelsCapitol
Websitetorikellymusic.com
 
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Tori Kelly
Birth nameVictoria Loren Kelly
Born(1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 21)
Wildomar, California
GenresPop, Soul, R&B
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, drums
Years active2006–present
LabelsCapitol
Websitetorikellymusic.com

Victoria Loren "Tori" Kelly (born December 14, 1992) is an American singer and songwriter.

Biography[edit]

1992–2007: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Kelly, was born on December 14, 1992 in Wildomar, California. Her father is of Irish, Puerto Rican and Jamaican descent, and her mother has Irish, English and German ancestry.[1] Growing up, she was exposed to a variety of music by her parents. "I give them a lot of credit for just playing all different genres, and no genre was off limits." she said, when asked about her upbringing.[2] Kelly has appeared on the show Star Search. She didn't win the contest, but later in 2004, she made an appearance on America's Most Talented Kids, singing Christina Aguilera's "Keep on Singin' My Song" and won, beating out singer and songwriter, Hunter Hayes. She made a second appearance on the show in the Tournament of Champions, but lost to Antonio Pontarelli, a rock singer/songwriter/violinist.

2007–12: YouTube recognition and American Idol[edit]

Kelly began posting videos to YouTube in 2007, at age 15. The first video she uploaded was a cover of John Wesley Work, Jr.'s, "Go Tell It On The Mountain", which she originally performed in December 2004. She was signed to Geffen Records at the age of 12 but because of conflicting ideas, it was mutually agreed for Tori to be released. She is best known for her acoustic cover with fellow YouTuber Angie Girl of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" which has had more than 20 million views to date.[3] Since uploading her videos, 78 million views to date and 950,589 subscribers on her channel as of September, 2014. When later asked about her first YouTube cover she said, "It was just me in my bedroom, it was "The Only Exception" by Paramore and it wasn't even my own guitar. I knew like... 3 chords".[4]

Kelly later auditioned for Season 9 of American Idol in Denver, Colorado and made it through to Hollywood week but did not reach the "Top 24." She stated in a phone interview that after her elimination, she immediately began writing more songs and was asked to take part in a youth version of the 1985 charity song "We Are the World" titled "We Are the World: The Next Generation".

2012–13: Handmade Songs[edit]

On May 1, 2012, she released her first album, Handmade Songs, an EP with six songs. She called the EP a "warm up" to a full-length album that's to come in the future.[5] In February 2013, Kelly released a single called "Fill a Heart," which she wrote for the "Child Hunger Ends Here" campaign by ConAgra Foods and Feeding America. The song was later performed by British boy band The Wanted on Dancing With the Stars. In April 2013, Kelly performed at eight different venues across continental U.S. for her "Fill a Heart" tour, helping out at the cities' food banks during the day.[6] She's performed in venues such as the Troubador and the Roxy in Los Angeles, the Gramercy Theater in New York and Bush Hall in London. She has also been featured in magazines such as Teen Vogue, Elle and Glamour.[7]

2013–present: New Management and Foreword[edit]

In September 2013, Kelly announced on The Today Show that her new EP, titled Foreword, will be released on October 22, 2013. Kelly was the sole supporting act to Ed Sheeran at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2013.[8] Today, Kelly is working with new manager, Scooter Braun, to release her album and has worked with other artists including Pharrell, Professor Green and Ed Sheeran.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

2011: Mr. Music

2011: Bring Me Home

2012: Confetti

2013: Fill A Heart (Child Hunger Ends Here)

2013: Foreword

2014: Silent

EPs[edit]

2012: Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly

2013: Foreword

Featured Songs[edit]

2011:

2012:

2013:

2014:

References[edit]

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