On Tuesday, up-and-coming singer Tori Kelly premiered "Unbreakable Smile," the title track from her forthcoming debut album (due out on June 23), and it's a sunny, sassy, and delightfully catchy anthem about never compromising who you are — no matter what. Obviously, it's a message we've heard time and time again in pop music, but I think it bears repeating. Let's face it: We all need to be reminded to stay true to ourselves from time to time. Believe it or not, even the most self-assured among us falter occasionally (and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that!). As MTV reports, Kelly opened up about the inspiration behind the tune's spirited and defiant lyrics during a special live stream event on Monday:
I was getting some feedback through the grapevine within the industry that people were doubting if I was going to be able to do anything else — if I was just that girl with her guitar, if I was too boring, too plain, too nice, even. ... 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. I think it was some things that I needed to say for a long time that I was holding in.
Listen to "Unbreakable Smile" below. Trust me: You won't be able to get its breezy, feel-good chorus out of your head!
"Unbreakable Smile" is available on iTunes now. Check out the song's full lyrics below:
Somebody told me fame is a disease
You start singing the blues when you start seeing the green
But I think it's all about what you choose
The way you live your life depends on you
That's when I realized I wanna make a difference
Change other people's lives
Give hope even for a moment
Use my name for good
And change the game, I could
Because to make it
You think I gotta act a certain way
Be a little bit insane
Live a little, it's okay
I guess we have different definitions of living
But you'll twist my words anyway
You'll say that I'm naïve like I don't have a past
You're the one being deceived
I see right behind the mask
Trying to stir me up and get me mad
I smile because happiness is all I have, so...
La da da da dee
You're not breaking me
La dee da da da
Ain't got time for ya, singing
La da da da dee
You won't shatter me
La dee da da da
Got an unbreakable smile
You'll see me hanging with my fam
But that don't mean I'm living in a bubble
You'll find me at church
But that don't mean I can't cause trouble
Stir up a little scene
'Cause isn't that what you want?
For me to mess up
So you could dress up some story
Saying, "Tori, this'll sell more records"
But I'd rather make 'em yawn
Than be a pawn on your chess board
So call me boring, call me cookie-cutter
Call me what you want and 'matter fact
Just say it loud and don't st-stutter
'Cause I know who I am
Yeah, I'm still the same
Just a California girl with big dreams
Thinking, "Maybe they'll let me sing songs about real things..."
And maybe, who knows
Maybe I could sell out shows without taking off my clothes
God made me sexy
I don't care if only I know...
And I'll just keep on singing...
I might be smiling, yes
But don't mistake kindness for weakness