I’ve always loved 25-year-old Tori Kelly’s singer-songwriting style and her honest lyrics. She’s easily regarded as one of the best voices of this generation with her powerful soprano voice. Kelly can run, belt, and whistle. The notes she can hit I didn’t even know existed she truly is an angel on earth! If you hear her voice you’ll know what I mean.
I’ve followed her journey from YouTube at the age of 14, all the way to becoming the first artist to perform a Christian Pop song at the Grammys. You go girl. She’s also a Grammy-nominated artist and has sung with the likes of James Bay and supported tours for Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran including singing the hit song, “I Was Made for Loving You” with Sheeran. Not to mention being invited to Prince’s house to meet him and play ping pong after covering his song, Kiss. Wow.
I was so excited when her new album, Hiding Place, came out September 14th with seven songs. It’s been a few years since Kelly’s last album, Unbreakable, was released. The new album is a reflection of life’s troubles and challenges she’s faced. The title of, Hiding Place, was inspired by verse seven of Psalm 32:
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance.
It’s refreshing to have a young strong woman introducing her Christian faith to the masses. With songs that make you want to jump out of your seat, such as “Sunday” along with “Soul’s Anthem” with Tori’s bright voice and a beautiful choir in the background. As well as, “Help to us Love,” with the HamilTones. The soulful sound is amazing. A more personal song of Kelly singing and playing the guitar, “Psalm 42“, tends to take my breath away. How can this woman be real!
One song which really stood out was, “Never Alone,” a duet with 12 times winning Gospel artist Kirk Franklin. In an interview with ABC News Radio Kelly said how excited she was to work with Kirk Franklin a musical hero she has looked up to. Check out the raw video here sung in a Church which will give you goosebumps.
This album is exactly the type of healing the world needs right now. Songs of hope, faith, and questions about dark times. Regardless of your faith or what you believe if you have never heard the sweet sound of Kelly’s voice I highly encourage you to it’s pretty hard to not sing-a-long. Who said Christian songs couldn’t sound cool right?