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 to create 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.”
Her influences are varied ranging from Lauryn Hill to Mos Def. And 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. The song went viral garnering hundreds of thousands of streams. And 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 even now in 2020, 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