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Jorja Smith Comes To Terms With Insignificance On Her Stormzy-Featuring Piano Ballad ‘Let Me Down’

Even with just an EP and a handful of singles to her name, 20-year-old UK singer Jorja Smith had a big 2017: She had a couple guest spots on Drake’s More Life and even caught Kevin Durant’s eye. She’s starting off 2018 by making some noise, too: She just shared an emotional new single, a piano ballad called “Let Me Down” that features Stormzy.

Smith says the song is “about meaning very little to someone, but being okay with that, even though it hurts,” and added that she thinks the track would be suitable for a specific type of James Bond scene:

“A dream of mine is to write a Bond theme tune. When I am writing music I sometimes envision a video playing along side. ‘Let Me Down’ sounded quite Bond-y and when I was listening to it I imagined it being played in a Bond film but during a scene when James Bond has gone down into an underground, dimly lit, secret bar and he approaches the Bond girl who is sitting at the bar looking very guilty because she’s done something bad and let him down.”


Smith has yet to announce her debut album, but press materials say that it is finished, that it’s expected to be out at some point in 2018, and that it’s “a youthful exploration of love and anger, but also an album about self-discovery.”

Listen to “Let Me Down” above, and check out Jorja Smith’s upcoming tour dates below.

2/6 — Edinburgh, UK @ The Liquid Rooms
2/7 — Sheffield, UK @ The Leadmill
2/8 — Liverpool, UK @ Invisible Wind Factory
2/10 — Coventry, UK @ Coventry Libraries
2/11 — Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy
2/12 — Cambridge, UK @ Cambridge Junction
2/14 — London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
4/14 — Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
4/21 — Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
4/23 — San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
4/24 — San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
4/26 — Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/27 — Seattle, WA @ Neumos
4/28 — Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Caberet
5/1 — Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
5/2 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
5/4 — Detroit, MI @ El Club
5/5 — Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/8 — Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
5/9 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
5/11 — Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
5/12 — New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
5/13 — Washington, DC @ Union Stage

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