Tori Kelly is officially back in action, but probably not in the way you were expecting…
The underrated “Should’ve Been Us” songstress went on indefinite music hiatus in 2016, and it has been three years since her debut full-length album, Unbreakable Smile. Now, Tori appears to be firing up the engines once again, following up a surprise release in March, The Hamiltones-assisted “Help Us To Love,” with a brand new original called “Never Alone” featuring the work of gospel musician, Kirk Franklin.
“I know I’ve been laying low for a while and some very exciting things have happened in my life. The crazy thing about songwriting is you gotta live a little in order to have experiences to write about, and you guys have been so patient with me over the last few years, which I appreciate,” Tori said in a statement. “I’ve been working on a lot of new music… (a lot)… and the first project I’m eager to share is something I’m super passionate about and have always wanted to do. This is a special album I want to share with you guys before my next project.. I’m so excited.”
What’s clear is that the album, titled Hiding Place, is a sort of labor of love for Tori – Aka the personal side project before we get to the more “mainstream” pop stuff. On “Never Alone,” Tori talks about her faith and how she is not alone during times of struggle since God is with her. “I’ve cried many rivers/ I’ve walked through some pain/ I’ve seen my world crumble/ And I’ve carried the shame/ But I know somebody, He calls me His own…,” she preaches on the soaring chorus.
While the track likely won’t be blazing up the Billboard Hot 100 anytime soon, it will no doubt be a surefire smash among the residents at your weekly Sunday Service. Do your thang, girl!