JORJA SMITH ANNOUNCES HEADLINING DATES FOR SPRING 2018 IN NORTH AMERICA!
JORJA SMITH BECOMES THE FIRST INDEPENDENT ARTIST TO WIN THE BRITS CRITIC'S CHOICE AWARD
Smith's rise to global acclaim has been a relatively quick ascent but she's been playing music since a young age. Hailing from rural Walsall, England, Smith began playing keyboard at the age of 8 and was learning to sing classical by 12. She began to write her own lyrics and most songs on her upcoming 2018 album were written between the ages of 17-19. Constantly evolving as a songwriter through her adolescence, she uploaded her debut single "Blue Lights" to Soundcloud and was met with wide praise from fans and peers. Inspired by the unjust prejudice and violence young black men face every day, the track earned the praise of Skrillex and Stormzy before it was eventually included on Drake's OVO radio show on Beats 1. She concluded 2016 with the release of her debut EP Project 11, a flowing collection of songs knitted together by the soulful elasticity of her voice. With eclectic influences like Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs, Amy Winehouse, Mos Def, Damian Marley, and Lauryn Hill, Smith's songs have the ability to transport the listener anywhere, from a smoky Parisian jazz club to a North London warehouse party.
Things began to ramp up quickly in early 2017 when Smith was featured on two songs, "Get It Together" and "Jorja's Interlude", off Drake's More Life. Smith went on to join Drake onstage at his UK headline shows and from there, the buzz exploded. Smith continued to pop up through the rest of the year, featuring on Kali Uchis' track "Tyrant" and joining Bruno Mars on a leg of his US tour after her second sold out US headlining tour. Taking inspiration from her industrial West Midlands upbringing, her latest release "On My Mind", a collaboration with Preditah, is a nod to her Bassline roots and a viral success with 25 million streams worldwide.
In the past year alone Jorja has earned many accolades, including early praise from the FADER, Pitchfork, Vogue, New York Times, Billboard, GQ, Time, Noisey and more. Smith also earned the fourth spot of BBC's Sound of 2017 poll as well as 3 MOBO nominations. The young talent just became the first ever unsigned artist to win a BRIT Critics Choice Award, proving she is one to watch.
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December 5, 2017 8:48pm by Pressparty