Jorja Smith starts her biggest UK tour this month. From October 4th-18th, Smith sets out to perform back-to-back gigs in Norwich, Bristol, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, finishing in London. If you book now you can still secure a general admission ticket at a very decent price!
Only 21 years old, Smith has already received a great deal of recognition performing alongside Drake, Stormzy, Kali Uchis, and Preditah. I am not a huge fan of Drake, but I will admit he does have an eye for spotting musical talent and a sense for a rising star. Some would say that on his More Life album she comes across as a sophisticated Rihanna-type. She may be young, but has a fan base made up from wide audience. (I was impressed and gutted when I found out my dad had been listening to her long before I had.)
An idol and icon for many, Jorja Smith oozes an effortless cool, a tomboy swagger mixed with an endearing charm. It’s no surprise that everyone I know has a crush on her, (me included). She is an extremely talented and creative musician with the range and vocal chords easily comparable to Amy Winehouse or Lauren Hill. She is also already a respected role model for aspiring singers.
Since 2016, her career has taken off. She released her first album this summer ‘Lost and Found’ which she has been preparing for five years. Everyone will agree that it was worth the wait, or as her lyrics to Teenage Fantasy echo a confident self-awareness; “there’s no need to rush, take your time”.
Her ‘Lost and Found’ album conveys an omniscience, a feeling beyond her years, whether or not this may be accurate. It is an extremely moving and heartfelt album with both upbeat and melodic elements. The album reflects a journey and compiles a range of styles. There are few artists that can move you to tears while at the same time making you feel elated, and Jorja Smith is one of them. Every time I listen to “Teenage Fantasy” or “Blue Lights” there isn’t a time that it I don’t get shivers. Teenage Fantasy is timeless, I take something new from it each time. The album has equally moving while at the same time empowering songs such as “Where did I go” and “On Your Own”. While her ‘freestyle’ song Lifeboats expresses a more relaxed feeling and evokes the candid nature of artist Loyle Carner. Jorja Smith shows a progression of emotions that most 21 year olds shouldn’t have had to go through.
I caught a glimpse of her this summer at Lovebox in London when she featured with Kali Uchis. Many thought that Jorja stood the risk of out-shining 24-year-old Colombian singer Kali Uchis unintentionally with her amazing stage presence.
Seeing her perform a whole concert live is going to be a phenomenal experience. I can only begin to imagine where she will be in a year’s time… (I can predict ticket prices will soar to an Adele-like scale). The best advice I can give to you now is grab the last few tickets left while you can!