Artist of the Week: Tori Kelly

Posted on October 30, 2012 by

Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Tori Kelly, a YouTube pop sensation from California.

Like so many up and coming artists, Tori Kelly has taken advantage of the Internet to help pave her way to stardom. She has been posting covers on YouTube of all kinds of songs, from Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” to her latest, Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” As a result, this future pop star has been getting noticed. Now, she is performing sold out shows and working with Scooter Braun, the man responsible for Justin Bieber’s pop stardom.

Origins: Lake Elsinore, California

Known for: Tori Kelly is known for her voice: she sounds like a more soulful Mariah Carey.

Used in a sentence: From American Idol to YouTube sensation, it shouldn’t be long before Tori Kelly is on everyone’s iPod.

File next to: Mariah Carey, Jill Scott

Download now: “All In My Head”

Five fun facts:

1. Her studio is in her bedroom.
2. Her favourite song to sing in the shower is “Love On Top” by Beyonce.
3. One Direction’s Niall Horan and Justin Bieber have tweeted about her.
4. She knew she wanted to be a singer when she was in kindergarten.
5. She loves the show Adventure Time.


Pre-2004When she was 10, she was on Star Search. At 11, she went on America’s Most Talented Kids.
2004 She got a record deal with Geffen Records
2007 Tori started posting videos of herself singing on YouTube.
2009 She begun posting covers of songs more regularly.
2010 She was on the ninth season of American Idol, but got eliminated.
2012 Tori released her EP Handmade Songs.

Notable lyrics:
Tori sings about mixed signals and crushes in “All In My Head.”

I see you with her and it crushes me inside/Guess I should stop thinking about you all the time/Maybe this is what I needed, maybe this is a sign/Maybe, I’ve been blind to reality/Baby, tell me/Every little glance my way/Every time you wanted to hang/You seemed so interested/So could you tell me/Was it real or was it all in my head/Was it real or was it all in my head

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2 Responses to “Artist of the Week: Tori Kelly”

  1. Paula Kroll says:

    Tori Kelly is the most talented girl ever! She’s amazing <3

  2. disqus_pyFvnmvxRh says:

    I love Tori, but she sounds nothing like Mariah Carey

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