Tori Kelly Bio – Ethnicity, Parents & Husband

Tori Kelly also known as Victoria Loren Kelly, an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress rose to fame as a teenager utilizing YouTube as her platform of choice. Despite her getting eliminated from the American Idol competition, she flipped around what could have been the beginning of the end of her entertainment career to reach for greater heights with sheer perseverance and determination when she was as young as 14.

Let’s get to know more about her, how she was able to conquer her fears and what/who motivated her. Find out details from this article.

Tori Kelly’s Bio

The talented singer was born on 14 December 1992 to Allywyn Kelly (father) and Laura Kelly (mother) and was raised in Wildomar, Califonia. Though not much has been revealed about her childhood, we know she attended Chaparral High School and spent a greater part of her young days learning music.

Tori Kelly grew up under the care of music-loving parents who trained her and Noah (her brother) to love all musical genres. They equally encouraged her to partake in different talents hunt shows like the Star Search, America’s Most Talented Kids, and so many others. She at a time had a record deal with Geffen records but it was later broken up due to creative disparities between her and the record label.

Kelly first gained recognition after posting her music videos on YouTube at the age of 14, and by the age of 16, she got auditioned into the American Idol reality television series competition. Though she didn’t go on to win the competition, her elimination from the show, however, pushed her to personally work harder on her musical career. It was in the pursuance of this that she released her first music album ‘Handmade songs by Tori Kelly’ which she personally wrote, mixed and produced in 2012.

The songs attracted several views on YouTube, leading to Scooter Braun (the American talent manager, entrepreneur, investor, and entertainment executive) managing her and later introducing her to Capitol Records with which she signed up with. Tori has released several albums since then but her album “Unbreakable Smile” which came out in 2015 remains her most successful work Her song Nobody Love became her first billboard hot 100 appearance.

She is not just a songwriter, producer, and singer. Tori is equally a voice actress who featured in a 2016 animated film titled Sing as a shy teenage elephant named Meena.

Tori started her music career despite her failure to reach the top 24 of the American Idol Season 9. Although she was devastated because of the energy she had put in. However, her efforts in learning to play the guitar and composing more songs which she recorded on her computer paid off once she posted them on YouTube, had over a million subscribers.

Moreover, numerous record labels and musicians offered to work with her including Professor Green (the British rapper) who featured Kelly in his song Lullaby. This introduced Tori Kelly to the U.K audience as the song peaked at number four on the U.K singles chart making it her first British top ten hit. MTV equally aired Kelly’s performances for several weeks. As her public image grew, she became the Brand Ambassador of William Rast and Justin Timberlake’s clothing line.

Tori Kelly singer has received numerous awards for many outstanding accomplishments including YouTube Music Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, BET Awards and Billboard Women in Music. She is also a 58th Grammy Awards Nominee for Best New Artist in 2015.

Who are Her Parents and What is Her Ethnicity?

Torri Kelly truly inherited her musical career from her family. Her father who was a musician introduced her to all the genres of music at a very early stage. He plays very well on the bass guitar while his wife is a multi-talented instrumentalist who plays the piano and saxophone simultaneously.

Allwyn Earl Delano Kelly II ( Tori Kelly’s Dad), is of Jamaican, Trinidadian and Puerto Rican descent while Lauren Kelly(Tori’s mum) has Irish and German background. She can, therefore, be said to be of Puerto Rican and Jamaican ethnic descent because of her father, while on her mother’s side, she has her roots to Irish and German ethnic background. Kelly was born into a Christian family and still upholds her Christian beliefs.


Tori Kelly's bofriend Andre Murillo
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The music star met and fell in love with German-born professional basketball player Andre Murillo. Their dating culminated into marriage after almost one year. Hence on the 20th of May 2018, Tori wedded Andre in a quiet marriage being that their personal relationships have been kept extremely private.

Tori’s Body Measurements

The talented American singer/songwriter stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (162cm). At this height, she weighs 55 kg or 121 lbs while her other vital body measurements were obtained as a bust of 34 inches, 25 inches waist and hips that measure 33 inches.

Net worth

This 25 years old beauty has kept releasing hit after hit and built a great singing career which has raised her Networth over a short period of time. As at 2017, she was estimated to have a net worth of 5 million U.S dollars.

Her first EP “Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly” sold over 14,000 copies while her second album “foreword ” sold 16,000 copies. Her primary net worth comes from her music career; earnings from singing at events and her YouTube channel which has over 2million views.

Fadamana U
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