21-year-old Jorja Smith from Walsall in England had released just a couple of singles when her career skyrocketed after the duet with Drake on the smash hit "Get It Together". He had singled out her song “Where Did I Go?” as a personal favourite, invited her as a special guest on his tour and they did the single together.
At the same time Jorja Smith attracted a lot of attention with concerts at the right venues and festivals, and she did collabs with the likes of Stormzy (”Let Me Down”), Khalid (”Location”) and Kendrick Lamar (”I Am”).
It’s fair to say that she’s in the best of company. All well rounded off with a win of the Critics’ Choice award at The BRITS in early 2018.
The critics really love her debut album as well. Lost & Found was finally released in the summer of 2018. It fully lived up to the promise of this precociously and prodigiously talented young Brit, and it earned Smith a Mercury Prize nomination.
The album finds Jorja Smith standing firmly on her own two feet, and it displays her intoxicating blend of R&B, jazz and soul, with hip-hop occasionally thrown in the mix. Lost & Found is full of accomplished slow jams, catchy pop hooks and a playful relationship with the pains of youth, love and insecurity. It’s glossy but with a gritty pulse and has been called “confidently remarkable” by the Guardian.
Jorja Smith is captivating live. Her flawless voice moves between arrestingly husky and nasal, and it pulls everything together as her songs slide between genres that can flip halfway through songs. “The One” begins with slow violins but builds itself up into a full-bodied funk fest, and “On My Mind” runs through a stripped-back version looping back around with the full electronic treatment. Smith is as comfortable with grown-up jazz as she is with playful rap.
Jorja Smith has been compared to many – Amy Winehouse, Sade, Erykah Badu, Rihanna – but she remains her very own.
Come see this R&B comet when she takes the stage at Roskilde Festival 2019.