8 Songs, 36 Minutes

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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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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
397 Ratings

397 Ratings

Rae4evermusic ,

Stand

We need someone in the public’s eye to stand for Christ! Nobody wants to anymore! Thank you! The world needs more of this. Despite what others may think, this is a movement. We are not ashamed! ❤️

CassidyC01 ,

Proud Supporter

Tori Kelly went from pop to gospel and I am proud to say that I have been supporting her through both. To the “fans” that are leaving negative reviews just because it’s gospel, you aren’t fans. I am so glad to see Tori stay true to her faith even through her success. She hasn’t changed, she is still the same amazing vocalist and person. God bless her and everyone.

Toraayslay ,

Hallelujah! 🙌🏽

This album is so beautiful 😭. My favorites are Soul’s Anthem, Just As Sure, Never Alone and Questions. Y’all really snapped! Go girl! I’ll be seeing you at the Chi show. 😄

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