You might recognize Tori Kelly. With her signature curls and “unbreakable smile,” it’s hard to forget a face or voice like hers. Discovered by many on the YouTube platform, Kelly’s videos enthralled viewers with her unbelievably buttery voice and riffs. Her videos have amassed over 220 million views. For years, Tori slowly built up her following on YouTube through covers and original music. Now, she’s made it to the big stage.
On Thursday, June 26th, fellow YouTuber and longtime friend Tim DeLaGhetto hosted a livestream and album release party via YouTube for Tori Kelly and her long-awaited debut album, Unbreakable Smile, at Youtube Space LA. Just three days prior, Kelly had put out her album and hit #1 on the iTunes album charts within 2 hours of its release, even surpassing Taylor Swift’s wildly popular 1989.
At her album release party, Tori Kelly performed four songs: “Should’ve Been Us,” “Nobody Love,” “Unbreakable Smile,” and an exclusive track, “Bottled Up,” available at Target now.
Photo gallery after the break
Check out “Should’ve Been Us” and “Bottled Up” below:
All photos are by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat. Higher resolution photos can be found here.