By Nicholas Jennings on Monday, 06 July 2015
Category: Reviews

Music Review: Tori Kelly - Unbreakable Smile

Her path to becoming a pop icon seems unbreakable as well. With a voice capable of hitting any note, tone or melodic run with apparent ease and songs that ring instantly true, Tori Kelly has emerged as the “Artist to Watch.” “I’ve never reacted physically to a singer like that before in my life—her vocal ability is unbelievable,” gushed British pop star Sam Smith, with whom she’s toured. Now the 22-year-old California native, who once auditioned for American Idol and became a YouTube cover sensation, is the big buzz. Managed by Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande) and produced by Max Martin (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift), Kelly shows off her gifts on her thrilling debut, a 14-track showcase that features her horn-laden hit “Nobody Love.” Other highlights include “I Was Made for Loving You,” her tender duet with Ed Sheeran, and “California Lovers,” a bouncy slice of summer with LL Cool J. A new pop star is born.