Tori Kelly Updates Jackson 5’s ‘ABC’ For Back-to-School Charity Effort

by | PopCrush
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Your complete Fall 2015 back-to-school list:

1) Pencils
2) Paper
3) Tori Kelly remake of Jackson 5 classic

The Unbreakable Smile singer, who delivered nothing short of an education at this year’s BET Awards, is expanding her role as teacher through a back-to-school themed partnership with Target. Kelly has recorded a remake of the 1970 classic Jackson 5 tune “ABC,” and each time somebody takes advantage of a free download of the track (you can get your copy here), the retailer will donate $5 to Kids in Need Foundation, which aims to equip students across the country with school supplies.

Target says it will donate up to $3.5 million as part of the effort, and listeners can download “ABC” until September 12. You can also make financial donations or contribute school supplies here.

Kelly told the company she credits her early education with helping her to embrace her love of music, and is excited to lend her voice to the project, which will also appear on Target’s back-to-school television commercials.

“I remember my third grade teacher would play guitar and make up cute little songs about whatever subject we were learning,” she said. “It made me like them a lot more.”

“It’s just a classic song that so many people know,” she added of “ABC.” “The fact that I get to put my twist on and kind of make it my own is really cool.”

What do you think of Tori’s rendition? Pair it against the original, which is included below, and share your reaction!

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