Emily L. Foley

Emily L. Foley is a contributor to Billboard.

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Tori Kelly on Her Brush With Prince, Fame After a Decade of Trying and How She Proved Manager Scooter Braun Wrong

Two nights after perfoming in Minneapolis, the 10th stop of an 18-city North American headlining tour, Tori Kelly sits in a room at downtown Atlanta’s Omni Hotel, still buzzing from a chance encounter with the Twin Cities’ most famous resident: Prince. “It’s a story I’ll be ­telling for the rest of my life,” she says, recounting how the legend seemed to appear out of nowhere at Minneapolis’ Varsity Theater just as she began a cover of “Kiss.”