Tori Kelly Biography
1992-2009: Early life and career beginnings
Kelly was born on December 14, 1992 in Canyon Lake, California. She is of Irish, Puerto Rican, Jamaican and German ancestry. Kelly has appeared on the show Star Search. She didn't win the contest, but later in 2004, she made an appearance on America's Most Talented Kids, singing Christina Aguilera's "Keep on Singin' My Song" and won, beating out singer and accordionist, Hunter Hayes. She made a second appearance on the show in the Tournament of Champions, but lost to Antonio Pontarelli, a rock singer/songwriter/violinist. She was signed to Geffen Records at the age of 12 but because of conflicting ideas, it was mutually agreed for Tori to be released.
2010-present: American Idol and Handmade Songs
Kelly later auditioned for Season 9 of American Idol in Denver, Colorado and made it through to Hollywood week but did not reach the "Top 24." She stated in a phone interview that after her elimination, she immediately began writing more songs and was asked to take part in a youth version of the 1985 charity song "We Are the World" titled "We Are the World: The Next Generation". Kelly's YouTube channel has more than 520,000 subscribers and over 43 million views to date.