Tori Kelly Elle Magazine

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Tori on changing her sound while staying true to herself:

Elle: When you first played "Nobody Love" for your friends, their initial reaction to the big-sounding pop track was, "Oh, this is really different for you." Do you feel like you had to change your musical style in any way to create what you think people want to hear?

Tori: Rather than changing it feels more like a growth. The style of music I was doing was a little older sounding, a little more singer-songwriter, which I still love. But I grew up listening to so many different things that I think it's just a new chapter. Like any artist you kind of evolve and grow into different versions of yourself. But at the end of the day it's still me. And I don't think I'm departing from that more acoustic side, either. There are definitely still those moments on the album. That was really important for me to keep.

How I Spent My Year 2012

I've spent a lot of my time this year focusing on myself. Taking a step back, looking at the good times I cherish, and the hard times that humbled me. I've been putting it together to see how all of that has affected who I am today.

I'm gaining a much better understanding of myself now. I really starting to understand what makes me tick, what inspires me to take bold steps, and what kind people/things hold me back.

I think know the right formula for me to move on (at least I think I do). I just have to put it all together.

A big part of that formula is getting my career back on track. Because when I have financial freedom, I can go out and spend more time with people that inspire me.

That's why my career has been my top priority for the past year.

Anyways, without any further ado, for my 9th straight year, here is my annual survey.

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