Presenting the talented, Jorja Smith.
Her soulful, heartfelt ballads channeling the essence of legendary vocal artists, such as Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse; described as a mix of modern jazz, contemplative soul and dancehall.
Photo by Ellington Hammond
At the age of 18, English born singer/song writer, Jorja Smith, dropped her first extended release in the form of a four-track collection ‘Project 11’ after making waves with her debut song ‘Blue Lights’. The EP features guests appearances from Thea Gajic and Maverick Sabre and has branded her as a star in the new generation of British R&B.
Despite her age, Jorja kicks it old school and as a lover of all things vintage we share this appreciation with her. A true believer in the art of vinyl, Smith implies that the beauty of a record is that tracks cannot be skipped which her aspiration for her latest release; an “unskippable album”.
Her dedication may have paid off because December 2017, it was announced that Smith would be the recipient of the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, an award that recognizes “the future stars of British recording talent”. Previously presented to artists including Adele and Sam Smith, Jorja Smith is the first independent artist to have been nominated for the award, let alone win.
The now 21 year old has released several singles since her journey began back in 2016 and has continued her climb to fame working alongside artists such as Drake, Pretidah, Bruno Mars and more. In June 2018, she released her debut studio album, Lost & Found. Created over a period of five years, Smith recalls her experience travelling to the big city in west London to record; “and I realised, I’m such a small girl in this huge world,” she says. “At times you do feel quite lost, but I knew what I wanted to do. I’m not saying I found myself – we’re all constantly finding ourselves – and I feel like wherever I go I’m still quite lost, but there’s a sense of ‘found’ in that I’m right where I want to be. Lost and found is how I feel.”
“When I was 15, all I wanted was to be selling out shows like Bieber. As I got older, I realised everyone’s come from a different place and everyone’s got their own path. I realised I just had to believe in myself, believe that I could do this. Now I am doing it.”
Despite her success, Smith has never been one to conform, and when asked by her publisher to write faster, more upbeat songs, she opted out and is set on creating music her way, rather than what will top the charts.
We admire Jorja Smith for her independence and determination in creating music on her own terms; music that is real while staying true to herself along the way. She may have been lost but she is definitely on her way to being found.
Get it girl x