Most have not heard of Jorja Smith, a British singer and song writer from Walsall, West Midlands. The 20 year old is known for her guest appearances on the songs “Jorja Interlude” and “Get if Together” by rapper Drake.
She actually started as a Youtube sensational, posting her music online for people to listen to.
Her sound is so soft-heartedly depicted and resonating, reminding us of the young Lauryn Hill to The Street and her soulful and jazz-tinged cadence has been compared to Amy Winehouse. Jorja’s music is beautifully haunting and stirs up emotions that you never knew existed and tells the truth of everything. She expresses her feelings through story-telling in her songs. She transports you to a place where each word has a meaning and feeling to it.
Her unfiltered lyrics and soulful voice carries a lot of emotion. Her artistic work is seen through her 2016 EP named Project 11. When I listened to “So Lonely,’’ one of the singles of her EP, I was able to understand how she tells her stories through misery, lust, love and social injustices in society. It almost feels like a part of you stops and recaptures her moments in your mind as you to understand what she is feeling. Her instruments are calm and heartfelt combinations. Her recent single “Teenage Fantasy” is from her 2017 work following “Beautiful Little Fools” and Kali Uchis- collaboration “Tryrant”
The track talks about the advice she received from her mother as a young girl to make choices that make her happy and not compromising for a boy she just met; “And I was told by my mother if I look into the future do I really see this boy that I think I’ve fallen for?”
When interviewed by BBC Sound of Music, Jorja said “I want to be everywhere, in everyone’s ears.” She wants to continue growing as a singer and song writer and believes in being grateful.
If you are influenced by alluring soulful sound, then Jorja is definitely a must look out for singer to listen to. If this doesn’t ignite your curiosity, watch this performance: