In the music world today it’s common for younger artists to be in the pop or hip-hop category, meanwhile, Tori Kelly has been bringing gospel to a mainstream audience. Earlier this year at the Grammys, Kelly won Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel/Performance song. At only 26, Kelly has been performing at the Grammys and it’s affiliated events like MusiCares Person of the Year and Grammy Salute (Bee Gees, Motown 60th Anniversary). Kelly just started her Acoustic Sessions tour on Feb 25 in Tucson, AZ and brought it to her hometown of Los Angeles, CA on Feb. 28. Kelly performed a massive set of 30 songs at the Orpheum Theater in Downtown L.A. with a few special guests. This tour is just Kelly and her guitarist Mateus Asato, with no band, playing more theatre-size venues with around 3,000 capacity to even smaller venues like the House of Blues Anaheim to really give an up-close experience.
Kelly opened the show with “Language,” and almost 10 songs in she brought out Ally Brooke for a duet of “Shallow” from the hit film A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Almost half-way through, Kelly covered Frank Ocean with “Thinkin’ Bout You,” and the King of Pop Michael Jackson with “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," playing the songs in her own fashion. Closer to the end of the show Kelly brought out Crystal Lewis to perform her song “Trust Me” together and covered Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” with Pentatonix just before the last three songs of the show. Kelly ended the show with “Change Your Mind.” If there’s any young artist to see today with an extraordinary voice and has great songwriting talents Tori Kelly is the artist to see.
Kelly’s tour ends on April 13 at the Fillmore in New Orleans, LA.