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On eve of album release, Tori Kelly puts voice center stage at Fillmore

On eve of album release, Tori Kelly puts voice center stage at Fillmore

At the start of her headlining set Friday night at The Fillmore Silver Spring, Tori Kelly greeted the crowd with humble words and an acoustic six-string. “I’m just a girl with a guitar / trying to give you my whole heart,” the 22-year-old California-based singer-songwriter crooned. Kelly knows who she is, and that self-assuredness has raised expectations for her debut album, Tuesday's “Unbreakable Smile." Her debut album’s lyrics paint a young woman who is unapologetically herself, in spite of her place in the pop-star industrial complex. (Kelly auditioned for “American Idol” in 2010, and shares the same manager as Justin Bieber.) But...

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