|Birth name||Victoria Loren Kelly|
December 14, 1992 |
Wildomar, California, U.S.
|Origin||Canyon Lake, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop, Soul, R&B|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, drums|
Victoria Loren "Tori" Kelly (born December 14, 1992) is an American singer and songwriter.
1992–2007: Early life and career beginnings
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. 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. 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
Kelly began posting videos to YouTube in 2007, at age 14. 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 21 million views to date. Since uploading her videos, 83 million views to date and 1,000,686 subscribers on her channel as of November, 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".
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
On May 1, 2012, she released her first album, Handmade Songs By Tori Kelly, an EP with six songs on her own label Toraay Records. She called the EP a "warm up" to a full-length album that's to come in the future. 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. 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.
2013–present: New Management and Foreword
In September 2013, Kelly announced on The Today Show that her major label debut, a second EP titled Foreword, will be released on October 22, 2013 on Capitol Records. Kelly was the sole supporting act to Ed Sheeran at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2013 and supported Sam Smith on his 'In the Lonely Hour' UK tour in October 2014. 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.
2011: Mr. Music
- 1. "Mr. Music"
- 2. "Mr. Music (A Capella)"
- 3. "Mr. Music (Instrumental)"
2011: Bring Me Home
- 1. "Bring Me Home"
- 1. "Confetti"
2013: Fill A Heart (Child Hunger Ends Here)
- 1. "Fill A Heart (Child Hunger Ends Here)"
- 1. "Dear No One"
- 2. "Paper Hearts"
2014: Silent (from The Giver Music Collection)
2012: Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly
- 1. "Stained"
- 2. "Eyelashes"
- 3. "All In My Head"
- 4. "Confetti"
- 5. "Celestial"
- 6. "Upside Down"
- 1. "Rocket"
- 2. "Dear No One"
- 3. "Treasure"
- 4. "Paper Hearts"
- 5. "Daydream"
- "Without You (with Todrick Hall)"
- "Mess We've Made (with AJ Rafael)"
- "This Ain't the Way (with Jeremy Passion)"
- "Magnetic (with Traphik)"
- "Keep On! (with Mitchell Grey)"
- "Favorite Girl (with Jesse Barrera)"
- "Come Get It Bae (with Pharrell Williams)" (Background vocals only)
- "Lullaby (with Professor Green)"
- "Winter Wonderland / Don't Worry Be Happy (with Pentatonix)"
- "TORI KELLY".
- "Tori Kelly on "Handmade Songs" EP & Viral Success". Fuse. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "Take Cover: Frank Ocean's 'Thinkin Bout You': Tori Kelly (and Angie Girl)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "104.3 MYfm New Music - Interview with Tori Kelly" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C0FuXhGKW0. November 26, 2013
- Benjamin, Jeff. "YouTube Star Tori Kelly Reveals Plans for Full-Length Album".
- Costello, Carly. "Toi Kelly Launches Fill a Heart Tour Today".
- "Justin Bieber Curates the 2013 Music Portfolio". Teen Vouge. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance at Ed Sheeran's Madison Square Garden show | TheCelebrityCafe.com
- Official website
- Official Twitter account
- Official YouTube channel
- Official Instagram account
- Official Facebook account
- Tori Kelly at the Internet Movie Database