Jorja Smith announces tour + ESPYS performance
JORJA SMITH ANNOUNCES LOST & FOUND FALL TOUR
HEADLINING DATES ACROSS THE US AND CANADA; TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 13th
WATCH JORJA SMITH PERFORM LIVE AT THE 2018 ESPY AWARDS ON JULY 18th
Photo credit: Rashid Babiker
With the completion of her third sold-out US Spring tour in May including a phenomenal debut performance at Coachella, Jorja Smith has announced that she will embark on a North American tour this Fall in support of her recently released and critically praised debut album Lost & Found. The 18 date tour begins November 19th in Seattle, Washington, hitting major markets in the US and Canada throughout December, concluding on December 19th in Toronto, Ontario. Jorja Smith fan club members will have exclusive pre-sale access for select shows beginning Wednesday, July 11th at 10AM local time, general tickets go on sale July 13th, 10AM local time - check www.jorjasmith.com for more info.
2018 has already proven to be an outstanding year for Jorja and on July 18th she will be embarking on another career highlight with a debut performance at The 2018 ESPY Awards, airing Wednesday, July 18th, at 8 pm ET on ABC.
The Walsall, England native burst onto the scene in 2016 with her critically acclaimed debut single "Blue Lights". Jorja has subsequently earned accolades from major publications including The Fader, i-D Magazine, Pitchfork, V Magazine, NPR, Vogue, the New York Times, Complex, New York Magazine's The Cut, Elle, Billboard, Variety and many more. In 2017, Jorja went on to support mega-star Bruno Mars on the US-leg of his world tour, collaborated with global lyricist Drake (More Life) and co-wrote "I Am" - her solo single on the #1 Black Panther soundtrack- with Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar.
After being named the 2018 BRITs Critics' Choice winner, Jorja returned to the spotlight in January with her sensational single "Let Me Down," a deeply personal and emotive ballad with an exceptional feature from British MC Stormzy. Shortly after the single's release, Jorja embarked on her third sold-out 8-date UK tour that concluded with two Shepherds Bush Empire dates, all reviewed to critical acclaim. This spring, Jorja made her US TV debut with a performance of "Blue Lights" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and appeared on an episode of NPR's popular Tiny Desk series. In late April, she was selected to be part of Spotify's artist development program, RISE, which supports emerging artists across all genres and provides fans with a special view into their lives. Smith released her debut album 'Lost & Found' in June, which included previous hit singles "Teenage Fantasy" and "Where Did I Go?". The critically acclaimed album showcased a rich culmination of Jorja's past two years of work. The playfully infectious pop spirit Smith embodies can be seen interwoven with her youthful charisma, personal storytelling, and mesmerizing cadences, slating her to become one of the UK's most beloved female-breakthrough artists of recent years.
PRESS ON LOST & FOUND
""Lost & Found" could make her the breakout star of the year." - VARIETY
"Smith makes the restlessness of young adulthood sound elegant." - PITCHFORK
"An album set to slot seamlessly alongside her heroes (early Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill) and peers (SZA, Kali Uchis), Lost & Found balances sparse torch tunes with pop-spiked soul, all made distinct by Jorja's dusky tones that can slickly slide into a higher register." - THE FADER
"The British singer's debut effort is free of guest appearances, and her star shines brightest guiding listeners throughout her 12-track journey of heartbreak." - BILLBOARD
"That gift-Jorja's spellbinding voice-is the anchor that holds the 12-song debut together." - PIGEONS & PLANES
"Over 12 tracks, she demonstrates the range of her voice, speaking fluently in falsettos..." - NOISEY
"There is an innocent naïveté to Jorja Smith's music, a refreshing perspective not usually found in American pop's constant push toward the edge." - THE NEW YORKER
"British singer-songwriter Jorja Smith's voice is a force to be reckoned with." - PAPER MAG
"The brilliance of Smith is easily her tone: the way emotion moves through her voice in waves - knowingly, effortlessly, cool - even at her most vulnerable." - NPR
"Without actually signing to a label, Smith established her voice in the current landscape of hip-hop, alt-pop, pop, and grime before she even released a full album." - NY MAGAZINE'S THE CUT
"British artist Jorja Smith has a voice - and now, an album - to listen to on repeat" - TIME
"She has a voice that can break through the noise, but she prefers songs with a tempered quiet-imagine Rihanna riffing from behind a grand piano." - THE NEW YORKER
"The soulful, evocative pull of her voice is often compared to that of the late Amy Winehouse. Like Winehouse, Smith also hails from England and has an affinity for jazzy influences." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
WATCH JORJA SMITH PERFORM ON A NPR'S TINY DESK BELOW
July 10, 2018 6:26pm by Pressparty