Tori Kelly is an artist that the whole world has been sleeping on for far too long. She has more talent in her left pinky than most of the female singers out there today. She plays guitar, writers her own music, and has a voice. She doesn’t need any type of autotune or anything to make her voice sound good. She has talent, actual talent, which is something that she should be truly praised for.
In the February issue of Seventeen magazine she opens up about not making it through the auditions of ‘American Idol’, her friendship with Ed Sheeran, and being told she is too vanilla.
On Simon Cowell deeming her voice “almost annoying” and being ousted before semifinals on American Idol: “Deep down, I knew I was good, and I knew I could do it. I needed to get knocked down and to build up a thick skin. Who knows what I would have been singing about otherwise? You have to go through things in order to inspire others with your story.”
On whether she and Ed Sheeran are more than friends: “I knew that was coming, but no. Working with him was a really cool experience because I was a fan and I didn’t know how it would go, but right away he made it super-chill. Ever since then, he’s been someone I consider a friend and even a mentor.”
On dealing with her manager saying she was boring: “He told me, ‘People are saying you are vanilla and that you have nothing to say.’ I was like, Whoa. I remembered record-label guys telling me I was really reserved when I was younger. Like, ‘Wake up, you should be bubbly and happy!’ And I was thinking, But this is my personality; I’m just chilling. So I went right back to being that little girl who was just so freaked out. I acted as if I didn’t care, but I went home that night and just poured all the feelings that I was holding back into my music. That’s how ‘Unbreakable Smile’ came to be.”
Considering Tori is only 23 and she tried out when Simon was a judge she must have been very young, at least she took it as a moment to learn from rather than back down from. Everyone gets a few nos before they finally get the yes that they needed.