Editors’ Notes It’s not unheard of for Christian and gospel singers to make the leap to pop music, but it’s a bit more rare for an artist to pivot in the opposite direction. Tori Kelly’s debut, Unbreakable Smile, was a star-studded affair aimed straight at the charts, executive-produced by Max Martin and featuring a collab with Ed Sheeran. Her second album, Hiding Place, is full-on gospel, but (good news!) Kelly’s pop ambitions remain fully intact. The orchestral-soul flourishes of opener “Masterpiece (feat. Lecrae)” and the funky R&B lilt of “Sunday” seem to proclaim that these are not your grandmother’s Sunday-go-to-meeting church songs. Even when traditional hymns are her source material, as in the devotional “Psalm 42” and the a cappella “Soul’s Anthem (It Is Well),” she transforms them into rousing, rhythmic choruses.

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Masterpiece (feat. Lecrae)
1
4:44
 
Help Us To Love (feat. The HamilTones)
2
3:45
 
Sunday
3
3:35
 
Just As Sure (feat. Jonathan McReynolds)
4
5:30
 
Psalm 42
5
5:34
 
Questions
6
4:50
 
Never Alone (feat. Kirk Franklin)
7
3:34
 
Soul’s Anthem (It Is Well)
8
5:15
 

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