The purpose of this blog is to showcase upcoming artists who have either signed with a label or chosen to build their career through a Direct2Fan method.
ARTIST/GROUP: Tori Kelly
BIRTH NAME: Victoria Kelly
ORIGEN: Canyon Lake, California
GENRE: Pop, Soul, R&B
LABEL: Toraay Records (Self-label)
- TWITTER: 165,334 followers | https://twitter.com/torikelly
YOUTUBE: 35,452,046 video views | http://www.youtube.com/torikelly
FACEBOOK: 79,553 likes | http://www.facebook.com/torikellymusic
SOUNDCLOUD: 2,006 followers | https://soundcloud.com/torikelly
WHY TORI KELLY?
I discovered Tori Kelly a couple years ago on Facebook. Someone shared a link to one of her videos and I was very impressed with her vocal skills. She was very tasteful with her runs, and they were very clean. She also had a unique interpretation of her cover songs. Needless to say, I was hooked. Here’s one of my favorite videos of Tori covering “Tomorrow” from the popular musical Annie:
Tori was only 18 when she made that video, and she has continued to grow as an artist and performer. She auditioned for American Idol in Season 9, and although she made it to Hollywood, she wasn’t chosen as one of the Top 24. I think this stands to prove that she has a bigger purpose ahead of her because the girl is clearly talented. You can even see Simon’s hesitancy to downplay her voice when he smirks as he says “I’m gonna say no. I think these three are mad, but there you go.” Her tone is very piercing, but it is very crisp and pure. That is what makes her so unique—and the fact that she has impeccable control over her voice considering her age. Check out her audition!
Tori was only 16 when she auditioned for American Idol, but her performance career began way before then. She was featured on America’s Most Talented Kids when she was only 11, and she won the competition! Check her out!
Her voice hasn’t changed a bit. Her talent has grown with her every step of the way to Tori starting her own record label to produce her own music—Toraay Records. She produced and released her own EP entitled “Handmade Songs” that she wrote and produced in her bedroom studio. She recently announced her “Fill a Heart” US tour which already has sold out dates in San Francisco, D.C., Philadelphia, and Atlanta! I wish I were there to attend.
Here are a couple more of my favorite videos from Tori—some of which she shares in a duet with Todrick Hall <–my next featured artist! 😉
Beyoncé “Best Thing I Never Had” (Cover) – Tori Kelly and Todrick Hall:
“California King Bed” (Cover) – Tori Kelly and Todrick Hall:
Adele “Someone Like You” (Cover) – Tori Kelly and Luke Edgemon
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