Hitting you with another amazing British singer/songwriter for this week’s edition of #MusicMondays, we present to you, Jorja Smith.
A newcomer so talented that before releasing an album had already worked with the likes of Drake and Kendrick Lamar, Jorja Smith is already a forced to be reckoned with. The product of a Jamaican father and English mother, Smith has used those influences plus her years of piano and classical singing lesson and created a unique sound all her own.
Letting her conscious guide her art, Jorja’s songs are mostly about social issues: “When things are going on in the world, I think it’s important to touch on them, because as a musician, you can make people listen. As soon as people press play, you’ve got their attention.” And her influences are varied ranging from Lauryn Hill to Mos Def while her singing has drawn high praise and comparison to the likes of Adele, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
In January 2016, Smith released her debut single “Blue Lights” on SoundCloud which went viral then her second single “Where Did I Go?” was singled out by Drake as his favorite track of the moment in Entertainment Weekly and just ike that, Jorja basically blew up independently. Fast forward to 2018 and she is working on The Black Panther soundtrack and being nominated for a Grammy for best new artist. But Jorja is still at the very beginning of her career and has an almost limitless future ahead of her.
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Written by @TalentedMrFord