Born and raised in Temecula, California, Tori Kelly is of Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Irish, German and English descent. She is the daughter of musicians, her father is a singer and bassist and her mother plays piano and saxophone.
She was humming melodies and reacting to songs before she could talk and has been performing since she was three years old. Kelly can play the piano, guitar and drums.
Her first appearance on television was as a Star Search contestant at the age of 10. That was followed by a victorious appearance in 2004 on America's Most Talented Kid, where performing Christina Aguilera's "Keep on Singin' My Song," Kelly beat out her fellow young singer, one Hunter Hayes.
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