Born and raised in Temecula, California 22 year old Tori Kelly, whose father is half Puerto Rican, half Jamaican and mother is of Irish and German descent, first rose to attention after her cover of Frank Ocean’s Thinkin Bout You went viral, racking up over 22 million views on YouTube. To date her YouTube channel boasts over 1 million YouTube Subscribers and over 90 million views.
The Scooter Braun managed artist has been hailed as an artist to watch by Sam Smith, Rolling Stone and USA Today among others, and has wowed U.S. audiences over the summer with her live performances on a sold out nationwide North American headline tour at this year’s Billboard Awards and BET Awards, and on prime time TV shows Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late, Late show.
Her other recent stand-out performance at the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards had everyone from John Legend and Pink, through to Banks and Ed Sheeran, praising it on Twitter as the performance of the night. Shortly after the much talked about performance being broadcasted, Kelly's debut album Unbreakable Smile shot back into the top 5 on the U.S. iTunes albums chart and her single Should’ve Been Us re-entered the top 10 of the U.S. iTunes singles chart.