Tori Kelly Takes Off

When Tori Kelly was turning 15 years-old, she wanted just one thing for her birthday. “I asked my parents to get me Logic,” she exclaims, referring to the music production software. “It’s not what most girls would want, but I was stoked.” It’s that kind of keen passion for singing, songwriting, and production that launched Kelly from a typical teenage girl growing up in Temecula, California, to musical stardom. In the six years since that fateful birthday present, she went from appearing on American Idol, to becoming an online sensation, and then in October releasing her critically acclaimed EP, Foreword, which is chock full of tracks boasting her guitar skills, lyrics, and vocals.  “The name of the EP is spelt like the introduction to a book, and I like of like the idea of that because it feels like the beginning of something bigger. It’s a little taste of what people can expect from me in the future. On the other hand, it has another meaning because it feels like I’m moving forward with my own sound, especially since I started out recording music in my bedroom.” Unlike most of the female pop acts who dominate the charts today, Kelly…

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