Tori Kelly is an American-born singer-songwriter, producer, voice artist, and YouTube sensation. Kelly’s music genius manifested from a very young age which saw her participate in several singling/talent competitions. Way back in 2010, she auditioned for American Idol season 9, however, she did not make it to the live shows.
In January 2012, Tori Kelly propelled herself to fame on the internet with her cover of the song “Thinkin Bout You” by Frank Ocean. The talented singer also released her self-produced debut EP Handmade Songs By Tori Kelly in 2012. Kelly eventually gained critical recognition for her hard work at the 2016 Grammy Awards as she was nominated for Best New Artist Award. Her YouTube channel created in 2006 has garnered well over 2.4 million subscribers coupled with over 165 million cumulative views.
Age, Ethnicity, and Other Background Details
Victoria Loren Kelly a.k.a. Tori Kelly was born on December 14, 1992, to Laura and Allwyn Kelly in Wildomar, California, USA. She comes from a multiethnic background, a Hispanic father, and a Caucasian mother.
Tori Kelly’s singing talents manifested from a very young age as she reportedly started singing even before she could talk properly. In 2003, she competed in Junior vocalist category of the talents competition Star Search. The following year saw her take part in the second season of America’s Most Talented Kids which she won. She also landed a record deal with Geffen Records, however, due to conflicting interests, the deal could not stand.
Tori Kelly began posting videos on YouTube in 2007 and in 2010, she auditioned for American Idol (season 9). But as fate would have it, she did not make it to the live shows. Undeterred, she went on to release her debut EP Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly in 2012. All the songs on the EP were recorded, produced and mastered by Kelly herself. The EP reached the Top 10 Pop Albums list on iTunes. In September 2013, she landed a record deal with Capitol Records. The following month, she released her second EP Foreword which debuted at No. 16 of US Billboard 200.
Tori Kelly performed at Sam Smith’s ‘in the Lonely Hour’ UK tour as well as Ed Sheeran‘s Madison Square Garden concert in November 2013. She recorded the song “Silent” for the 2014 film adaptation The Giver. Owing to her growing popularity, Tori Kelly was featured on MTV’s Artists To Watch list in December 2014. In January 2015, she released “Nobody Love”, the first single off her debut album. Tori later performed the song at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in May 2015. She released her debut album Unbreakable Smile in June 2015 and it debuted at No. 2 of the Billboard 200. The talented singer also performed at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Tori Kelly was nominated for the Best New Artist Award at the 2016 Grammy Awards. She equally performed at the ceremony becoming the first singer to perform a Christian song at the Grammies. The multitalented artist marked her feature film debut in the 2016 animated musical Sing voicing the character Meena. She was the opening act for American rock band Soundgarden at the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival. Tori Kelly collaborated with Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae on the hit single “I’ll Find You” which was released in June 2017. “I’ll Find You” peaked at the top of the Billboard US Christian Songs chart.
Tori Kelly Parents – Her Dad and Family Life
Ever wondered where Tori Kelly got such amazing musical talents from? Look no further as this precious apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Growing up, she was introduced to diverse music genres by her parents who are musicians. While her dad is a singer and a bassist, her mother is a multi-instrumentalist as she plays both the piano and the saxophone.
Tori Kelly’s dad, Allwyn Earl Delano Kelly II is of Jamaican, Trinidadian and Puerto Rican descent. Her mother Lauren Kelly has Irish and German ancestry. She was raised alongside one sibling, a younger brother named Noah James. Theirs is a Christain family and Kelly has remained true to her Christian beliefs.
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Tori’s Height and Body Measurements
Tori Kelly stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (165 cm). The talented singer-songwriter has an average weight of 55 kg (121 lb) and, her body measurements are 34-25-33 inches (86-63.5-84 cm).
Kelly has big curly hair which is probably her trademark look.