Music Mondays: Tori Kelly

Simon Cowell may have found her voice "almost annoying," but millions of YouTube viewers have been captivated by Tori Kelly's soulful pop style. The former American Idol contestant is currently releasing tracks as an independent artist and she's certainly in no rush to hit the big time. Tori's song "Confetti" even outlines her live-in-the-moment mentality and sings the praises of not dreaming so big that you end up exchanging the present for the far-off future.

Even though Tori's enjoying her current creative journey of artistic development, there's no doubt that big things are on the horizon for this rising Southern California star. She's been singing since she was a toddler and learned how to play the drums, piano as well as the guitar. Tori grew up in a musical household with both parents supporting and encouraging her passion. The ambitious youngster even performed on Star Search at just 10 years old and went on to appear on America's Most Talented Kids a couple of years later. That appearance landed her a coveted record deal with Geffen Records. Tori auditioned and made the cut for American Idol despite Simon's opposition and, although she didn't win her season, she admits that the show was a great learning experience. In May of last year, Tori self-released Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly, which she primarily recorded in her bedroom studio. She also keeps posting videos to YouTube with the acoustic clip of her song, "All In My Head," racking up more than two million views alone. Her fantastic cover of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" has been garnering headlines as well for its stripped-down soulful delivery. Tori will begin touring the world this year and we're sure she'll lure in a whole new crop of dedicated fans. We love Tori's unwavering determination to produce music her way and the fact that she's managed to prove Simon dead wrong.

Check out Tori's video for "Confetti" below before heading over to the I AM THAT GIRL YouTube channel. While you're there, don't forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.

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