Tori Kelly’s Hiding Place Set For September 14 Release
Capitol Records will release Tori Kelly’s new project, Hiding Place, on September 14. Today the pre-order launched with the first single, “Never Alone” (feat. Kirk Franklin).
While working on the follow-up to her debut album Unbreakable Smile, Tori shared that she wanted to honor her musical roots by recording a gospel song. Her manager, Scooter Braun, arranged a meeting with Kirk Franklin, who is one of Tori’s musical heroes.
“I flew out to Dallas and Kirk showed me a few songs he’d written, and I fell in love with all of them,” recalls Tori, who received the Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist award in 2015. “Next thing you know, one song turned into us doing a whole project together. I grew up on gospel music, so the fact that a legend like Kirk Franklin would take me under his wing was just a dream come true.”
Hiding Place was recorded primarily at Franklin’s studio just outside Dallas. Half of the songs were penned solely by Franklin, while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists – the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in a decades-long career that’s seen his songs performed by legends like Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.
In choosing a title for the project, Tori drew inspiration from verse 7 of Psalm 32 “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance.”
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