Tori Kelly didn’t make it to the Top 24 when she auditioned for American Idol in 2010, but the show still changed everything for her. After leaving, the teenager doubled down on her dream, teaching herself guitar and beginning to write her own material, releasing much of it on YouTube and in self-recorded EPs. The effort paid off. A few years later, Kelly scored a deal with Capitol Records and has had bona fide hits with soulful pop singles “Nobody Love” and “Should’ve Been Us” from her debut Unbreakable Smile.
8 p.m. May 7 at the Orpheum Theatre, Madison. $25. madisonorpheum.com.