New York, NY (September 17th, 2013) Southern California native singer/songwriter/producer Tori Kelly has announced that she will release a 5 song EP on October 22nd, 2013. The EP, titled FOREWORD, will be available on iTunes and other digital retailers. The first song from FOREWORD, “Dear No One” will also begin streaming today on Tori’s websiteToriKellyMusic.com. Tori will kick off a North American tour on October 28th, 2013 at ‘The Fonda’ in Los Angeles. The tour will take her across the U.S. and Canada in cities including San Francisco, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston and New York. A limited number of tickets will go on sale today with the official on sale happening Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd. All ticket and tour information can be found on Tori’s website and full tour routing can be found below.
“I decided to name this EP Foreword because to me it is an introduction to something bigger that is coming in the future,” says Kelly “and at the same time it also represents that I’m moving forward with my life and with my sound.”
A special pre-order of FOREWORD will begin on September 24th. Each pre-order purchase will include an immediate download of the first song from the EP, “Dear No One.” FOREWORD was written, recorded and produced by Tori and is the follow up to Tori’s 2012 EP Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly, which she also wrote, recorded & produced on her own. Handmade Songs debuted at #6 on Soundscan’s New Artist Chart, #9 on Billboard Heatseekers and in the top ten on the iTunes pop charts. The EP and the videos that followed quickly became viral sensations and helped Tori gain more than 50,000,000 views and 600,000 subscribers on YouTube.
TORI KELLY TOUR DATES:
28 LOS ANGELES, CA – THE FONDA
29 ANAHEIM, CA – HOUSE OF BLUES
30 SAN DIEGO, CA – HOUSE OF BLUES
3 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
6 DENVER, CO – GOTHIC THEATRE
8 AUSTIN, TX – CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
9 DALLAS, TX – PROPHET BAR
10 HOUSTON, TX – HOUSE OF BLUES
12 ATLANTA, GA – THE LOFT
13 CARRBORO, NC – CAT’S CRADLE
14 WASHINGTON, DC – FILMORE
15 PHILADELPHIA, PA – TLA
17 BOSTON, MA – SINCLAIR
18 NEW YORK, NY – IRVING PLAZA
20 TORONTO, ON – OPERA HOUSE
21 CHICAGO, IL – HOUSE OF BLUES
22 DES MOINES, IA – WOOLY’S
23 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – VARSITY
About Tori Kelly
When she was 14, Tori Kelly started writing songs in the bedroom of her Southern California home. Within years she began sharing those songs online and quickly won over Internet audiences with her sweetly soaring vocals, graceful guitar-playing, and knack for blending breezy melodies with boldly heart-on-sleeve lyrics. With her YouTube channel boasting more 50 million views and 600,000 subscribers, the 20-year-old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is now at work on her debut album—a passionate pairing of rock and pop that reflects both her lifelong devotion to music and uncommon authenticity as an artist.
A musical purist who began singing at age three and learned to play drums and guitar by the time she was 16, Kelly wrote, produced, mixed, and self-released an EP titled Handmade Songs By Tori Kelly in May 2012—then saw the EP debut at #6 on Soundscan’s New Artist chart and at #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Earlier that same year, Kelly’s online popularity skyrocketed when a YouTube video of her stripped-down, goosebump-inducing rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” went viral, and to date has garnered over 16 million views. Over the past year, Kelly has sold out shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles, Gramercy Theatre in New York City, and Bush Hall in London, as well as headlined a sold-out nine-city U.S. tour.
For her debut album, Kelly is back in the studio working to elevate her artistry while delivering honest, emotionally charged music that resonates with those who’ve supported her musical journey over the years. “I’m always very real in my songwriting—I’m not trying to put on a mask or hide behind any kind of gimmick,” says Kelly, who lists artists as eclectic as Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Jeff Buckley, and Justin Timberlake as key inspirations. “No matter what I’m going to do my own thing. So when people tell me that they relate to my songs or that something I’ve written really connects with them, that’s just the best feeling in the world.”