Tori Kelly – high water

Tori Kelly’s fifth studio album, TORI., is almost here and to get fans hyped up for it, she’s shared the deeply touching single “high water.” The introspective song sees her delve deep into the most sensitive crevices of our existence, that is, the way life can sometimes seem unendurable.

Through “high water,” Kelly tells listeners how she finds the courage to face the next day following a particularly draining experience or news.

Something is comin’ in the mornin’ / If I can make it through the night / Whatever comes, Hell or high water / I know, I know what’s on the other side,” she sings in the chorus, telling us how she endured the darkness by simply hoping on the light.

In the second verse, she details a time a friend called her to tell her a loved one had passed away, and while she struggled to find the right words of comfort, her friend surprised her by choosing to pray instead. And so, seeing so much strength in the face of so much sorrow, she sings, “I’ll try, I’ll try, try, I’ll try / ‘Cause I know.”

In a statement shared via her press release, Kelly revealed that she wrote the song after she faced a medical emergency last year. As fans might recall, the star was hospitalized shortly after the release of her EP Tori. At the time, she suffered blood clots in her legs and lungs.

“My hope is that [‘high water’] will uplift others in whatever they might be going through and encourage them to keep going,” she said in a press release. “‘High Water’ is about simply holding on and believing that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.”

“high water” will be featured on her upcoming album TORI., which follows the deluxe version of her EP Tori. Tori featured songs such as “Cut,” “Unbelievable” with Ayra Starr, and “Young Gun” with Jon Bellion.

Speaking on her upcoming studio album, she said, “I have been working on my next album for the last few years, exploring new sounds & expressing so many different sides of myself. I thought I had covered it all until I had a health scare in July of last year that reminded me just how fragile life can be.”

To make the project, Kelly combined “sounds from the late Nineties and early 2000s in creative exciting ways.” Due to be released on April 5, TORI. will mark her first album under her record deal with Epic.