Tori Kelly is an American-born singer-songwriter, producer, voiceover artist, and YouTube sensation. Kelly’s musical genius manifested itself at a very young age when she participated in several singling/talent competitions. In 2010 she auditioned for the 9th season of American Idol but never made it to the live shows.
In January 2012 Tori Kelly made a name for herself 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. At the 2016 Grammy Awards, Kelly finally received critical recognition for her hard work when she was nominated for the Best New Artist Award. Her YouTube channel, launched in 2006, has had well over 2.4 million subscribers and over 165 million cumulative hits.
Age, Ethnicity, and Other Background Details
Victoria Loren Kelly alias Tori Kelly was born on 14 December 1992 in Wildomar, California, USA, as the daughter of Laura and Allwyn Kelly. She comes from a multi-ethnic family, has a Hispanic father and a Caucasian mother.
Tori Kelly’s singing talent manifested itself at a very young age when she supposedly started singing even before she could speak properly. In 2003 she participated in the Star Search talent contest in the Junior vocalist category. The following year she took part in the second season of America’s Most Talented Kids, which she won. She also got a record contract with Geffen Records, but due to conflicting interests, the contract could not be signed.
Tori Kelly started posting videos on YouTube in 2007 and in 2010 she auditioned for American Idol (season 9). But as fate would have it, she didn’t make it to the live shows. Undaunted, she released her debut EP Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly in 2012. All songs on the EP were recorded, produced, and mastered by Kelly herself. The EP reached the list of the Top 10 pop albums on iTunes. In September 2013 she got a record deal with Capitol Records. The following month she released her second EP Preface, which debuted at number 16 on the US Billboard 200.
Tori Kelly performed on Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” tour in the UK and at Ed Sheeran’s Madison Square Garden concert in November 2013. She recorded the song “Silent” for the 2014 adaptation of The Giver. Due to her growing popularity, Tori Kelly was added to MTV’s Artists To Watch list in December 2014. In January 2015 she released “Nobody Love”, the first single from her debut album. Later Tori played the song at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in May 2015 and in June 2015 she released her debut album “Unbreakable Smile” which debuted at #2 on 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 also performed at the ceremony and became the first female singer to sing a Christian song at the Grammys. The multi-talented artist made her feature film debut in the 2016 animated musical Sing, in which she sang the character Meena. At the Beale Street Music Festival 2017 she was the support act for the American rock band Soundgarden. Tori Kelly worked together with the Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae on the hit single “I’ll Find You”, which was released in June 2017. “I’ll Find You” reached the top of the Billboard US Christian Songs Charts.
Tori Kelly Parents – Her Dad and Family Life
Have you ever wondered where Tori Kelly got such amazing musical talents from? Look no further, because this precious apple didn’t fall far from the tree. When she was growing up, her parents, who are musicians, introduced her to various musical genres. While her father is a singer and bassist, her mother is a multi-instrumentalist, as she plays both piano and saxophone.
Tori Kelly’s father, Allwyn Earl Delano Kelly II, is of Jamaican, Trinidadian, and Puerto Rican descent. Her mother, Lauren Kelly, is of Irish and German descent. She grew up with a sibling, a younger brother named Noah James. She comes from a Christain family and Kelly has remained true to her Christian faith.
Who’s Her Boyfriend, Is She Married?
Tori Kelly is not currently on the market, as the talented singer-songwriter is currently married to German-born basketball pro-André Murillo.
After dating for nearly one year, the couple announced their engagement in October 2017. They eventually tied the knot on May 20, 2018, in a private ceremony held in Los Angeles. Other than their rare social media appearances, Tori Kelly and her husband are very private about their relationship.
Tori’s Height and Body Measurements
Tori Kelly stands at a height of 165 cm (5 feet 4 inches). 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 large curly hair, which is probably her trademark.