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Jorja Alice Smith (born 11 June 1997) is an English singer from Walsall, West Midlands. She has independently released numerous singles and one extended play, Project 11 (2016). She has collaborated with other artists, most notably with Drake, Stormzy, and Kali Uchis, as well as producer Preditah. In 2018, Smith won the Brit Critics' Choice Award.

Early Life Edit

Jorja Smith was brought up on a blend of Trojan Records boxsets, Curtis Mayfield and Damien Marley. Smith was classically trained as a vocalist during secondary school. She was part of a music collective, OGHORSE, and began releasing music online.[1] Smith's father was born in Gloucester, UK and was part of a neo-soul group called 2nd Naicha.

Career Edit

Career beginnings and breakthrough: Edit

Smith's first release, "Blue Lights", was uploaded to SoundCloud in January 2016 when she was eighteen years old, followed up by "A Prince" featuring Maverick Sabre and "Where Did I Go?", which artist/rapper Drake chose as his favourite track of the moment in an article which featured in Entertainment Weekly. To close out 2016, she released her first body of work, Project 11 (2016), a 4-track EP covering a variety of matters and musical styles. "Blue Lights" was nominated in the Best Song category at the 2016 MOBO Awards. Smith supported Canadian rapper Drake on his UK tour at a show in Birmingham and London.

Throughout 2017, Smith was covered in the UK national press tipped by the BBC and Evening Standard as one of the UK's most up and coming artists. Jorja was one of 15 artists selected for the BBC's 15 Sound of 2017 longlist. She came 4th, with Ray BLK as the winner. FACT Mag also named Smith as one of their 10 Pop and R&B artists to watch in 2017.[9]

In March 2017, Smith appeared on two tracks on Drake's album More Life (2017). That same month, she released the single "Beautiful Little Fools" on International Women's Day. The title is a reference to The Great Gatsby, and the video features Smith singing at the Rivoli Ballroom in London, playing characters from different levels of society.

She was nominated in the Best Female category in the 2017 MOBO Awards[12] and in January 2018 she won the Brit Critics' Choice Award. The following month she performed at the 2018 BRIT Award’s with Rag'n'Bone Man.

She announced her debut studio album Lost & Found in April 2018. It's set to be released on June 8, 2018. About her debut album, Smith told Exclaim!, "It was never like, 'Okay, I'm going to take three years to create an album.' I just write songs. As much as I love plans and stuff, when it comes to music — same as how I do my EP — they just happened. I made them, and then I was like, 'I want to put out an EP,' 'Oh, these songs will go well together, so I'm going to put them together.' That's what happened with the album, it just came to a point where I thought, 'I think this year is a good year to put out an album, because people are watching me.'"

Musical style Edit

Smith's influences range from Mos Def and Lauryn Hill to Lisa Maffia and The Streets. Her stature has led to the affectionate nickname 'The Atomic Flea'. Her soulful vocal style has been compared to Adele, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill and FKA Twigs.

Discography Edit

List of studio albums
Title Album details
Lost & Found
  • Released: 8 June 2018
  • Label: FAMM
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming, vinyl
List of extended plays
Title Extended play details
Project 11
  • Released: 17 November 2016
  • Label: FAMM
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming, vinyl

As lead artist Edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
 
UK
 

Dance

UK
 

DL

UK
 

Indie

IRE
 
SCO
 
"Blue Lights"[23] 2016 22 Lost & Found
"A Prince"[24]
 

(featuring Maverick Sabre)

Non-album single
"Where Did I Go?"[25] Lost & Found
"Beautiful Little Fools"[26] 2017 Non-album single
"Teenage Fantasy"[27] Lost & Found
"On My Mind"[28]
 

(with Preditah)

54 12 46 5 92 BPI: Silver Non-album single
"Let Me Down"
 

(featuring Stormzy)

2018 34 54 3 62 67
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist Edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK BEL
 

(FL)

IRE NZ SWI
"People"[30]
 

(Cadenza featuring Jorja Smith and Dre Island)

2016 Non-album single
"Tyrant"[31]
 

(Kali Uchis featuring Jorja Smith)

2017 Isolation
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
 

(as part of Artists for Grenfell)

1 26 25 28 Non-album single
"Location (Remix)
 

(Khalid featuring Jorja Smith & Wretch 32)

2018
"Follow the Leader"
 

(George the Poet & Maverick Sabre featuring Jorja Smith)

TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs Edit

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
 
UK
 

R&B

CAN
 
FRA
 
GER
 
IRE
 
NLD
 
SWE
 
US
 
US
 

R&B

"Jorja Interlude"
 

(Drake featuring Jorja Smith)

2017 42 14 28 51 84 49 More Life
"Get It Together"
 

(Drake featuring Black Coffee and Jorja Smith)

24 5 20 79 67 30 58 88 45 9
"I Am" 2018 62 32 80 9 Black Panther: The Album
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Official accounts Edit

Facebook icon Jorja Smith on Facebook

Insta logo @jorjasmith_ on Instagram

Twitter logo @JorjaSmith on Twitter

Youtube Icon VEVO channel on YouTube