The Barn

Sat 2 Jul 20:35 - 21:35

Jorja Smith

Drake’s ‘More Life’ (2017) features a track entitled ‘Jorja Interlude’, which tells us exactly how excited the Canadian rapper is about Jorja Smith. At the time, the British singer/songwriter was yet to turn 20 and had but three singles to her name. Now that's what you call a big entrance. Smith sings R&B steeped in jazz and soul, with a voice reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and the much-missed Amy Winehouse. Not long after winning Drake's admiration, she scooped the BRITs Rising Star Award, an accolade bestowed annually by a panel of 1,000 music professionals to the act they think is about to have the biggest impact. ‘Lost & Found’ (2018) is the realisation of those hopes, an album that immediately confirms Smith as the new poster child of British soul and nets her nominations for the Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize. By way of an appetiser, ‘Be Right Back’ (2021) shows a widening musical horizon, and offers the perfect prelude to the - promising - next chapter.