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Tori Kelly New Album Release Hiding Place

By RawKeith

September 18, 2018


Hiding Place is Produced By Kirk Franklin, Collection Features Lecrae, The Hamiltones And Jonathan McReynolds

GRAMMY®-nominated artist Tori Kelly honors her gospel roots on the new R&B infused project, Hiding Place, which was released today by Capitol Records. Produced by 12-time GRAMMY® Award winner Kirk Franklin and available everywhere, the collection features guest artists Lecrae, Jonathan McReynolds and The Hamiltones, official background vocalists for GRAMMY winner Anthony Hamilton.

Tori will be joined by Kirk Franklin in her first-ever Dove Awards performance. The 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held October 16 in Nashville and air on TBN on Sunday, October 21.

Today, Tori shared the video for “Just As Sure,” her soulful duet with chart-topping gospel star Jonathan McReynolds. The clip is the latest in a series of black and white videos directed by Nic Stanich that capture Tori and her collaborators performing songs from Hiding Place.

Lead single “Never Alone” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Song Sales chart and combined streams now exceed three million. Half of the songs on Hiding Place were penned by Franklin alone while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists – the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in his decades-long career.

Kirk Franklin recalls, “It blew me away that she wanted us to co-write, because she’s a phenomenal songwriter and could’ve easily done it herself.”

“With gospel music, you can’t sing without all your heart being in it,” says Tori  Kelly. “This album was an opportunity to do what I felt and never hold back. I could just be free and let the song take me over.”

The passion project follows Tori’s 2015 debut album Unbreakable Smile, which landed her on “Artist to Watch” lists from the likes of Rolling Stone. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles “Nobody Love,” “Should’ve Been Us” and “Hollow.” Unbreakable Smilehas racked up more than one billion cumulative streams worldwide and sold 1.3 million adjusted albums. Following its release, Tori was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best New Artist category and received the Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist award.

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