Happy Wednesday! I am back with another WCW Music Review! This particular talented lady, Jorja Smith, is a new favorite and it looks like she’s already won over many others before the release of this album. She won me over with her track on the Black Panther soundtrack. I am all about supporting these young women continuing to do their thing and put out such dope music.
Miss Jorja Smith
There isn’t too much background on Jorja yet but I still want to try to paint a good enough picture of her for you guys. Let’s start with the fact that she is a 20 year old singer, songwriter from England. She has been performing since the age of 8 and writing songs since 11. Her musical influences come from her parents, her father being the member of a neo-soul group called 2nd Naicha, and Amy Whinehouse. In January 2016, Jorja self-released her debut single, “Blue Lights,”.
Jorja did release Project 11 back in 2016. It’s only about 5 songs but still powerful, none the less. Many people know her from her features on Drake’s project More Life. I, apparently, wasn’t paying attention because I didn’t realize that was her; I do remember those songs, though. I just know that when I heard her song “I Am” on the Black Panther, I was sold; so much emotion and the song is very relatable.
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The album includes previously released singles “Blue Lights,” “Teenage Fantasy,” and “Where Did I Go?”. I definitely love those 3 songs, as well as every other song on this record. I do have my favorites, but only because these particular ones stuck out to me a little more: “February 3rd”, “On Your Own”, “Lifeboats (Freestyle)”, and “Tomorrow”. I honestly can’t place her voice, but she’s giving me SZA and Estelle vibes. She has a very soft/ chill R&B, Soul, Jazz, youngin’ with an old soul feel. I hope that description wasn’t too all over the place, but that’s the best I got right now LOL.
Jorja and this album is very refreshing, to the say the least. I look forward to hopefully seeing her live because I know these songs will sound awesome with a live band in an intimate setting. Her voice is already so powerful yet gentle where needed. Her sound, as well as the other R&B artists coming out of the UK, is definitely a unique and funky version of R&B/ Soul of what we’re kind of used to.
Here’s a quote from this great article from Complex UK… For the rest of the article, check out this link… < https://www.complex.com/music/2016/08/interview-jorja-smith >
The UK’s urban music arena is in an undeniably healthy place right now. With grime at the forefront, breaking boundaries across major mainstream platforms, it’s also the resurgence of British R&B that’s making this a truly exciting time for music fans the country over. This revamp, affectionately dubbed “future R&B”, has birthed a new generation of bold, experimental singers and songwriters who are doing their part to put the soul back into British music.
Check out her video for “Blue Lights” below…
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