Jorja Smith: Due A Come Up

  • Ell Shroff
  • daniela dimitrijoska
Showcasing throaty dulcet tones that are currently the soundtrack to my very chilled summer vibe, Jorja Smith holds the key to musical prowess. Her teenage nostalgia reminiscent of a youthful intelligence that demonstrates the strength of young females, her stars are currently aligning in rocket speed fashion. Jorja Smith has the laid back neo-soul attitude that very few others can naturally replicate, bar Rihanna, SZA and Nao. Her influences stem from her father, and artists such as Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse and she has appeared on tracks with Drake and Kali Uchis. 
So where did she come from? With the UK’s urban music arena in an undeniably strong position today, grime is at the forefront and there is a prominent resurgence of British R&B that’s making exciting moves for any UK music fan. Bold and unique artists are being deemed the face of ‘future R&B’. Jorja Smith is one of the most exciting acts to emerge from this reinvention with her socially frank lyrics paired in a beautiful contrast to her innocent and soulful melodies. Native to the West Midlands Jorja learnt from her father whilst taking inspiration for her songs from her own experiences. Her track ‘Blue Lights’, released two years ago,  focuses on police brutality, and Smith has commented that it saddens her how it is as relevant now as it was then. 
The comeback of the female vocalist in British music is something many of us are here for. Jorja has the type of music to take it further, with her music holding brief undertones of Grime; she has tapped into that mystic story telling through her songs. She is making a space for herself, not interested in fighting against others, just willing to support differences in talent. Focused on sending a message through her growing platform, Smith is driven by the fact that her fans are hers because they like what she says. A refreshing break from vibes on the opposite end of the spectrum Smith brings awareness and tranquillity with her tones, and she is destined for a huge come up.


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