Tori Kelly with Andrea Bocelli - The Prayer
When Tori Kelly auditioned for season 9 of American Idol; Simon Cowell commented "... I thought your voice was almost annoying."
Fortunately three other judges liked her singing and she got through to Hollywood Week. Unfortunately, she did not reach the Top 24.
Thereafter, she continued to pursue music, produced her first EP 'Handmade Songs' by herself in her bedroom.
It sold 14,000 copies and reached No. 9 in U.S. Heatseekers Album chart (sale by new / developing musical recording artists).
In 2013 she was introduced and signed to Capital Records. The rest is history.