Today, GRAMMY winner Tori Kelly released her new EP, Solitude. Self-recorded at home during the spring 2020 quarantine, the five-song effort sports a fresh musical outlook inspired by both the ’90s R&B she grew up with and her early days as an earnest, guitar-toting singer-songwriter. Download / stream Solitude HERE. Tune in to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight to see Tori perform as part of the show’s #PlayAtHome series.
On Wednesday, August 19, Tori will perform all of the tracks from Solitude live for the first time, exclusively on MelodyVR, as part of the music platform’s Live from LA series. Fans can experience Tori’s interactive 360° virtual reality performance for free at 6:00 pm PT / 9:00 pm ET / 2:00 am + 1 day BST on the MelodyVR app. Available on smartphones and VR headsets, the MelodyVR app can be downloaded at on.melodyvr.com/App.
Last night, Tori performed the EP’s lead single, “Unbothered,” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” Watch HERE. The track – praised as “a summery, feel-good bop” by Idolator – finds Tori sounding empowered while describing the exhilaration of getting over an ex. She collaborated remotely on the track with writers Chloe George and Micah Premnath and producer Jorgen Odegard (P!nk, Yungblud). View the lyric video HERE.
After recording acoustic demos, Tori worked remotely with producers Monro, Spencer Stewart and Stint to complete “Value” and “Don’t Take Me Home.” In a nod to her early days of recording covers, Solitude also includes Tori’s poignant acoustic version of Drake’s “Time Flies,” which The Honey Pop hailed as “out-of-this-world.” View Tori’s at-home performance of “Time Flies” HERE. The EP closes with the highly personal “Glad,” a soulful ballad that Tori wrote for her husband, producing and recording the song herself. See below for track listing.
Since making her debut with 2015’s Unbreakable Smile – a widely acclaimed album that entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 – Tori Kelly has lit up the pop landscape with her breathtaking vocals and full-hearted songwriting, amassing nearly 2.5 billion combined global streams to date. With her 2018 passion project Hiding Place, the L.A.-based artist continued to captivate audiences and took home two prizes at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards: Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song for the hit single “Never Alone.” On her powerfully personal 2019 album, Inspired By True Events, Kelly offered up her bravest and most bracingly candid work to date. She supported the album with a 2019 U.S. tour and an early 2020 U.K. run.
With her 2020 European tour cut short due to COVID-19, Tori began collaborating with artists like Demi Lovato, JoJo and Alessia Cara online via her “QuaranTEA with Tori” series (view highlights HERE) and working on new music.
Track Listing – Solitude
2. Don’t Take Me Home
3. Time Flies (Drake Cover)