Grammy-nominated recording artist Tori Kelly on Friday released her R&B infused gospel album, Hiding Place, on Capitol Records. Produced by twelve-time Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin, the eight-track project is available everywhere now, with guest performances by artists such as Lecrae, Jonathan McReynolds, and The Hamiltones.
Accompanying the release of Hiding Place, Kelly on Friday shared the new video for "Just As Sure," a soulful duet with acclaimed gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds. Keeping with the album's black and white theme, the clip is the latest in a series of videos directed by Nic Stanich, which capture Kelly and her collaborators performing songs from the new project.
The album's lead single "Never Alone" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Digital Song Sales chart and combined streams now exceed three million. Half of the songs on Hiding Place were written by Kirk Franklin, with the remaining tracks co-written between Franklin and Kelly, the first time Franklin had ever co-written in his decades-long career.
Franklin recalls, "It blew me away that she wanted us to co-write because she's a phenomenal songwriter and could've easily done it herself."
"With gospel music, you can't sing without all your heart being in it," says Tori Kelly. "This album was an opportunity to do what I felt and never hold back. I could just be free and let the song take me over."
On Friday, tickets also went on sale for Kelly's upcoming "Hiding Place" headlining tour, kicking off on Oct. 18 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga. Scheduled to make stops across the U.S, the tour will visit such venerable venues as the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28, and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Nov. 8. Kelly will also perform with her band at several historic houses of worship such as Riverside Church in New York City on Oct. 30, and the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles on Nov. 16.
This Monday, Sept. 24, Kelly is also scheduled to perform on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," and in October she will be joined by Kirk Franklin for her first-ever Dove Awards performance at the 49thAnnual GMA Dove Awards on Oct. 16 in Nashville. The awards show will air on TBN the following Sunday on Oct. 21.