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Inspired by True Events

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Following her breakthrough 2015 debut album, Unbreakable Smile, singer/songwriter Tori Kelly reconnected with her Christian roots and issued the Grammy-winning 2018 gospel follow-up Hiding Place. However, in the wake of those successes, she endured a series of losses. Her 2018 marriage to basketball player André Murillo was a romantic bright spot in a year that saw her endure the death of her grandfather and witness the divorce of her parents. Kelly brings all of these experiences to bear on her emotionally raw third full-length album, 2019's Inspired by True Events. Working with producers Jimmy Napes and Noel Zancanella, Kelly leans into her roller-coaster year, transforming moments of heartache and elation into riveting pop anthems. The results are certainly catchy, as on the yearning "2 Places" and delicately attenuated "Pretty Fades," both of which find Kelly showcasing her rich vocals against a subtle backdrop of woody acoustic guitars and nuanced percussion grooves. In fact, one of the more notable aspects of Inspired by True Events is just how stripped down and minimal it is. It's a sound that Kelly, also an adept guitarist, has favored since her 2013 Foreward EP, and one that complements the naked emotions on display. Nonetheless, there are still some more enveloping arrangements sprinkled throughout, as on the dusky "Kid I Used to Know," in which Kelly evokes a '70s orchestral soul vibe as she reflects on her desire to recapture the breezy enthusiasm of her childhood. Similarly, on the impassioned "Until I Think of You" she frames herself with strings and a vibrant gospel choir. She keeps things similarly understated elsewhere, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar for the relationship drama "Sorry Would Go a Long Way," and weaving in warm organ and choral accents on her homage to her late grandfather, "Your Words." Also adding to the album's organic, personalized tone are several sound clips culled from Kelly's home movies, including one with her father just after her birth in 1992, and one from 1997 featuring an irrepressible five-year-old Kelly talking to her mother about wanting to sing. All of this makes for a heartfelt listen and one that balances Kelly's talent for matching pop hooks with a winning sense of honesty. ~ Matt Collar

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1
Coffee 00:04:09

Nate Campany, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Mullarkey, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Robinson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Zancanella, ComposerLyricist - Darren Heelis, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Jones, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Josh McKenzie, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Napes, Producer, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tori Kelly, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Reuben James, Piano, Synthesizer, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Gus Pirelli, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tayla Parx, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Mateus Asato, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Plamen Vasiley, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Max Anstruthter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

2
12/16/1992 00:00:18

Tori Kelly, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

3
Change Your Mind 00:02:57

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Napier, ComposerLyricist - Darren Heelis, Drum Programming, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Napes, Producer - Jodi Milliner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tori Kelly, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henri Davies, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

4
Language 00:04:24

Audra Mae, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ash Soan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Heelis, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Jones, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Napes, Producer - Jodi Milliner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tori Kelly, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Tranter, ComposerLyricist - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Ewins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Mateus Asato, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Marek Deml, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

5
2 Places 00:03:01

Nate Campany, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Zancanella, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Darren Heelis, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tori Kelly, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tayla Parx, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Jules Gulon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marek Deml, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Plamen Vasiley, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

6
8/28/1997 00:01:16

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hale, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Napier, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Napes, Producer - Tori Kelly, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Marek Deml, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

7
Kid I Used To Know 00:04:26

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Gorley, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hale, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Ash Soan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Heelis, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Jones, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Napes, Producer, Piano, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jodi Milliner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tori Kelly, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jose Balaguer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Brinkmann, Strings, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Mateus Asato, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Marek Deml, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

8
Pretty Fades 00:03:22

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Co-Producer - Britten Newbill, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ash Soan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Hayley Warner, ComposerLyricist - Darren Heelis, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Jones, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Napes, Producer - Jodi Milliner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tori Kelly, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis Ference, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Ewins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Marek Deml, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

9
3/2/1991 00:00:55

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hale, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Napier, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Napes, Producer - Tori Kelly, Producer, MainArtist - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Marek Deml, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

10
Sorry Would Go A Long Way 00:03:11

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hale, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Napes, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Tori Kelly, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruno Major, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Pirelli, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - Henri Davies, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Wolter, A & R

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

11
Actress 00:02:57

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Mullarkey, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Darren Heelis, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Jones, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Josh McKenzie, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Napes, Producer, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tori Kelly, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Reuben James, Synthesizer, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Plamen Vasilev, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Max Anstruthter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

12
The Lie 00:02:39

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dante Jones, Producer, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Drew Love, ComposerLyricist - Tori Kelly, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Marek Deml, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

13
Until I Think Of You 00:02:36

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hale, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ash Soan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Napier, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Johnson, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Darren Heelis, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Jones, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Napes, Producer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Tori Kelly, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Reuben James, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Rocco Palladino, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Plamen Vasilev, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - The LJ Singers, Choir - David Wolter, A & R - Max Anstruthter, Strings, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

14
3/26/1994 00:01:25

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hale, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Napier, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Napes, Producer - Tori Kelly, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - David Wolter, A & R - Marek Deml, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

15
Your Words 00:03:39

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hale, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ash Soan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lawrence Johnson, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Darren Heelis, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Jones, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Napes, Producer - Tori Kelly, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Reuben James, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Rocco Palladino, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Plamen Vasilev, Assistant Mixer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Synth Pads - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - Max Anstruther, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - The LJ Singers, Choir - David Wolter, A & R

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

16
Before The Dawn 00:03:38

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hale, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Napier, ComposerLyricist - Darren Heelis, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Napes, Producer - Tori Kelly, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruno Major, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Pirelli, Recording Engineer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Plamen Vasilev, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Isik, A&R Admin - Max Anstruther, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henri Davies, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Wolter, A & R

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC & Schoolboy Records

Album Description

Following her breakthrough 2015 debut album, Unbreakable Smile, singer/songwriter Tori Kelly reconnected with her Christian roots and issued the Grammy-winning 2018 gospel follow-up Hiding Place. However, in the wake of those successes, she endured a series of losses. Her 2018 marriage to basketball player André Murillo was a romantic bright spot in a year that saw her endure the death of her grandfather and witness the divorce of her parents. Kelly brings all of these experiences to bear on her emotionally raw third full-length album, 2019's Inspired by True Events. Working with producers Jimmy Napes and Noel Zancanella, Kelly leans into her roller-coaster year, transforming moments of heartache and elation into riveting pop anthems. The results are certainly catchy, as on the yearning "2 Places" and delicately attenuated "Pretty Fades," both of which find Kelly showcasing her rich vocals against a subtle backdrop of woody acoustic guitars and nuanced percussion grooves. In fact, one of the more notable aspects of Inspired by True Events is just how stripped down and minimal it is. It's a sound that Kelly, also an adept guitarist, has favored since her 2013 Foreward EP, and one that complements the naked emotions on display. Nonetheless, there are still some more enveloping arrangements sprinkled throughout, as on the dusky "Kid I Used to Know," in which Kelly evokes a '70s orchestral soul vibe as she reflects on her desire to recapture the breezy enthusiasm of her childhood. Similarly, on the impassioned "Until I Think of You" she frames herself with strings and a vibrant gospel choir. She keeps things similarly understated elsewhere, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar for the relationship drama "Sorry Would Go a Long Way," and weaving in warm organ and choral accents on her homage to her late grandfather, "Your Words." Also adding to the album's organic, personalized tone are several sound clips culled from Kelly's home movies, including one with her father just after her birth in 1992, and one from 1997 featuring an irrepressible five-year-old Kelly talking to her mother about wanting to sing. All of this makes for a heartfelt listen and one that balances Kelly's talent for matching pop hooks with a winning sense of honesty. ~ Matt Collar

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