"I learned to trust my instincts & to not be afraid to speak up": A Q&A with Singer-Songwriter and Producer Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly

With International Women's Day just around the corner - taking place this year on 8th March - here at See Tickets we've taken the opportunity to speak to some of the most successful and inspiring women we know in the music industry.

Whether they're booking festivals, marketing tours, playing shows or curating events, these women have unique and valuable personal experiences in the industry.

We wanted to chat with them and hear all about it - the good, the bad and the ugly! - in order to empower and encourage other female-identifying people to get involved in music.

In our latest instalment, we caught up with international superstar Tori Kelly about making tracks with Ed Sheeran, winning GRAMMY Awards and what she feels has been the biggest learning curve as a woman in the industry.

What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far? How did it feel?

When I look back on my career so far, one of the biggest highlights is definitely winning two GRAMMYs. It didn’t feel real then and it honestly still doesn’t feel real now! That was definitely a childhood dream of mine fulfilled.

What do you feel that women bring to this industry that men can’t, or haven’t?

It’s difficult to compare men and women in a general sense because I know women in the music industry who are better at certain things than most men and vice versa. I think it’s more about having the confidence in knowing that any room I walk into, I am able to bring the same creative abilities to the table as anyone else.

In your time working as a woman in the music industry, what have you considered to be your most valuable lesson?

Growing up I didn’t see many examples of female producers doing their own music, but I knew I could do it. I was tempted to rely on other producers because that’s all I had seen but looking back I’m so glad that I stuck to my gut and I created my first two EPs on my own. As a woman in this industry, I learned to trust my own instincts and to not be afraid to speak up for what I want as an artist.

What is your go-to song you blast out when you want to feel powerful?

Anything by Beyoncé (I have a feeling that’s most people’s answer).

We love your 2015 track with Ed Sheeran ‘I Was Made For Loving You’? How did it feel working alongside such a huge artist like Ed?

Ed is one of the sweetest, most humble people I have ever met in the industry. It was amazing to be able to write with someone so talented! He really makes you forget that he’s one of the biggest artists in the world because he’s just that chill.

As a new listener, if we were to go on your Spotify right now – which song would you recommend we listen to first?

I would say to check out ‘Coffee’ - it’s one of my favourites off the new album!


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This article was a collaborative effort, written together by the See Tickets Marketing team; Georgia, Sarah, Hayley, Callum and Abi.

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