Unbreakable Smile

Album: Unbreakable Smile (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • The title track from Tori Kelly's debut album finds the singer refusing to give in to the commercial pressures of the music industry. "I was getting some feedback through the grapevine through the industry that people were doubting if I was going to be able to do anything else - if I was just that girl and her guitar, if I was too boring, too plain, too nice even," she explained.

    "I'm hearing all these things and pretending it's not fazing me at all, and sure enough, that night, I went home and just spilled my whole heart out into a song," Kelly added. "I think it was some things I needed to say for a long time that I was holding in."
  • Tori Kelly's manager Scooter Braun (Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen) recalled to Billboard magazine: "I remember telling her, 'You're the most talented person I know, but you're boring. People think you're boring. They think you're vanilla.' But Tori is resilient. The next day she came to my house and said, 'I wrote a song about what you said, and it's called 'Unbreakable Smile.'"

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

The Girl in That Song

The Girl in That SongFact or Fiction

Billie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are?

Songs in Famous Movie Scenes: '80s Edition

Songs in Famous Movie Scenes: '80s EditionMusic Quiz

You know the scenes - Tom Cruise in his own pants-off dance off, Molly Ringwald celebrating her birthday - but do you remember what song is playing?

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the Song

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the SongSong Writing

How a goofy detective movie, a disenchanted director and an unlikely songwriter led to one of the biggest hits in pop history.

Taylor Dayne

Taylor DayneSongwriter Interviews

Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.

Dino Cazares of Fear Factory

Dino Cazares of Fear FactorySongwriter Interviews

The guitarist/songwriter explains how he came up with his signature sound, and deconstructs some classic Fear Factory songs.

Chris Squire of Yes

Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews

One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.