Tori Kelly was barely into her teens when she began writing and recording her own songs in her bedroom in Southern California, and at 19, she self-released an EP, Handmade Songs. In 2012, Kelly also recorded a cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You" that racked up over 17 million views on YouTube. With 2013's Foreword, Kelly makes her major-label debut with a set of five songs that add a new sophistication to her sound without interfering with her subtle, emotionally expressive power as a vocalist and songwriter.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming