Jorja Smith Sings From The Soul About Love, Loss & Police Brutality (Video)
Just days after Toronto native Daniel Caesar delivered a brilliant, Gospel-driven set as a part of NPR’s Tiny Desk series, enter 21-year-old English singer/songwriter Jorja Smith. Jorja has already received co-signs and work alongside the likes of Drake, Kali Uchis, and, most recently, Kendrick Lamar on this year’s #1-charting Black Panther soundtrack. But here, the beautifully adept Smith makes her presence as a solo artist known as she gracefully sits in front of NPR’s knickknack and vinyl strewn shelves to present a brand of Soul that is truly all her own.
Jorja, who just released debut album Lost & Found last Friday (June 8), kicks off her set with the single, “On My Mind,” as she effortlessly croons about her anguishing inability to forget a significant other. Following her introduction of the talented band who provides the stage for her emotionally driven, often deeply personal words to live and breathe, Smith takes her velveteen vocal dexterity to another tier with, “Teenage Fantasy,” yet another young love-torn record written when she was just 16 years old. Jorja then wraps up her set, and a long tour, with her forlorn, socially conscious, “Blue Lights,” a track that softly remembers the hardships of coping and living with the actions of police brutality in the modern world.
If anything can be said about this new wave of R&B prospects, including the likes of budding stars Khalid, H.E.R., the aforementioned Daniel Caesar, and Jorja Smith herself, it’s that even fresh faces can provide listeners with that old soul, even from a much more youthful perspective.