Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.

With Soul and Heart: Jorja Smith is the Musician That’s Giving us Reality in Melody Form

You may have heard of the name Jorja Smith if you’ve been listening to Drake’s recently released mixtape More Life. Or perhaps you’ve seen it through i-D Magazine’s Class of 2016 when the respected platform highlighted her alongside a number of other artists they deemed worthy of backing. Maybe you came across her through another source when she released her debut EP Project 11 in November last year, or from her completely self-made debut music video for “Where Did I Go.”

If none of the above, then you’re in for a serious treat, as our latest Breaking Sound artist is definitely one that you’ll be happy to have discovered. In a nutshell, she’s a soul singer/songwriter whose lyrics are as brutally honest and real as they are poetically beautiful and inspiring.

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From singing about the largely unspoken issue of black males developing a guilty conscious because of the injustices of society in “Blue Light,” to the Great Gatsby-inspired “Beautiful Little Fools” that looks into “the restrictions that society and established social constructs place upon women,” the West Midlands, UK-born artist delivers each needed hit of reality and social commentary with a serving as soulful as the legends before her.

Now with success clearly on her side, we’ll be hearing much more of Jorja Smith to come, and it’s we couldn’t be happier with that, as the current musical landscape needs more outspoken individuals like Smith. Get familiar with her sounds through the examples above, as well as her official Soundcloud account here, and then be sure to check out i-D magazine’s follow-up interview with her here.

Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.