Tori Kelly Setlist
06/18/15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
06/19/15 Silver Spring, MD Fillmore Silver Spring
06/20/15 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
06/23/15 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
06/30/15 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
07/05/15 Finsbury Park "Wireless Festival"
07/30/15 Hillsboro, OR Washington County Fair
Rising singer-songwriter Tori Kelly brought a sold-out Varsity Theater down, with a spanning 90 min set, to an audience filled with plenty of her own super fans (the “Unbreakables”) and a very special guest in the balcony.
Us the Duo
That and YouTube videos have led to their debut full-length, No Matter Where You Are (Republic Records) and they showcased a few of those original songs, along with a cover medley that made them first famous on this, their last tour stop with Kelly.
The pair began side by side, smiling and seated at a small keyboard at center stage and picked things up with the soulful ‘’Til the Morning Comes’ that had everyone clapping along. ‘Like I’m Going to Lose You’ a Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend cover was done completely acapella, with vocal beatboxing and harmonizing that made for a special version.
Their ‘Hits of 2014 medley’ got the loudest response, borne from their Vine versions and featuring the likes of Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Sia, Nico and Vinz, Pharrell, and more, in just a few minutes time. The couple closed their set with the album’s title track, which is a lyrical version of their own wedding vows.
Long before she ever hit the stage, cries of “Tori! Tori! Tori!” were shouted by the faithful and when Tori Kelly emerged, it was to ‘Where I Belong’. the opening cut of her upcoming album, Unbreakable Smile (Capitol Records). The YouTube sensation seemed genuinely surprised by the enthusiasm of the sold out crowd, most of whom knew every lyric to every song.
New album closer ‘Anyway’ led smoothly into part of a Lauryn Hill cover, and the older ‘Confetti’ seemed like self-written advice to herself, urging a live-in-the-moment approach, even when things get big.
By the time the mid-set ‘Cover Medley’ was played, Prince and latest protégé Judith Hill had slinked upstairs to their blocked off seats in the balcony, joining drummer Hannah Ford Welton and her producer/keyboardist husband, Joshua.
Another loose cover, Seal’s ‘Crazy’ described as “one of my favorite songs growing up”, took its time to crescendo, with Kelly’s soaring voice lifting it to new altitudes. Described as a song she wrote “when I was annoyed at the world”, her own ‘Talk’ used falsetto vocals amidst a thumping bass drum, then transitioned into ‘Kiss’ by Prince, with His Royal Badness smiling and amused, as he watched from the balcony.
The two-song encore began with ‘Dear No One’, a favorite among the Tori faithful such that the crowd seemed to do as much or more of the singing, as Kelly herself. Biggest hit to date and current single, ‘Nobody Love’ was saved for last, complete with the venue’s snow machines covering the floor audience as they danced about. With house lights up and the crowd screaming for more, it was clear that “everybody loves” Tori.
Tori Kelly at Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (11 Jun 2015)