Capitol Records recording artist Tori Kelly – hailed as an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone, USA Today and SPIN – will release her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, on June 23rd. Max Martin (Katy Perry, P!nk, Taylor Swift) served as executive producer on Unbreakable Smile and featured artists include Ed Sheeran, LL Cool J and Daye Jack. Kelly revealed album art and release date exclusively during a YouTube Live Stream from NYC for her fans last night. She also released an official video for the album’s title track “Unbreakable Smile” which can be seen below.
Fans who pre-order Unbreakable Smile digitally will instantly receive the title track. The iTunes and Target deluxe editions of the album will include two exclusive songs.
Kelly will guest on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on May 12th. Kelly, also gave a stellar performance at the radio Disney Music Awards this past weekend.
The Southern California native will perform at KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on May 9th and kick off a North American tour at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on May 26th. The headline run will include shows at The Wiltern in Los Angeles (May 28th), House of Blues in Chicago (June 13th) and Best Buy Theater in New York City (June 23rd). See below for itinerary.
“Nobody Love,” the first single from Unbreakable Smile, is being played by more than 180 pop radio stations. It’s in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Pop Songs chart and has more than 10 million streams. The official video for “Nobody Love” has more than two million views. Kelly, who is currently the VEVO Lift artist, co-wrote the song with Rickard Göransson (Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Jessie J) and the album’s executive producer, Max Martin.
“Come for the exuberant, doo-woppy R&B groove and the 22-year-old’s starmaking vocal acrobatics,” urged US Weekly. “Tori Kelly’s single ‘Nobody Love’ has got a bounce to it, blending Nineties R&B with pop-radio friendly EDM beats,” observed RollingStone.com. SPIN.com called her “sensational” and noted, “‘Nobody Love’ is a proper Frankenstein’s monster of Top-40 horns and hooks without ever sounding reductive, thanks to its singer’s jazz-minded, emotion-studded harmonizing.” “Tori Kelly is a name you need to know. The singer, who’s amassed well over a million YouTube followers, is well on her way to becoming a pop icon,” noted SELF.com.
Born and raised in Temecula, California, Kelly got her start by making songs in her bedroom and posting them online. She first rose to attention when her cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” went viral, racking up over 22 million views. Over the past year and a half, Kelly has sold out shows in several major cities (including The Troubadour and The Roxy in Los Angeles, the Bowery Ballroom and Gramercy Theatre in New York City and Bush Hall in London), headlined a sold-out, nine-city U.S. run and supported Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith on tour.
1. (Intro) Where I Belong
2. Unbreakable Smile
3. Nobody Love
4. Expensive feat. Daye Jack
5. Should Have Been Us
6. First Heartbreak
7. I Was Made For Loving You feat. Ed Sheeran
8. City Dove
10. Funny (Live)
11. Art Of Letting You Go
12. California Lovers feat. LL Cool J
13. Falling Slow
5/26 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues – Anaheim
5/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
5/29 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – San Diego
5/30 – South Las Vegas, NV @ Caesars Palace – Venus Pool Club
6/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
6/3 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
6/5 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
6/6 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
6/8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Grand Room
6/9 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
6/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
6/13 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues – Chicago
6/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
6/16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
6/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
6/19 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
6/20 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Lounge
6/23 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
6/30 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Author: Buddy Iahn
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