Jorja Smith Offers A Blueprint For A New Era Of Pop Star On Her Debut, ‘Lost & Found’

06.08.18 1 year ago

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Jorja Smith is a British teen with the star power to turn the pop world on its head. At just 20, Smith rose to fame off the strength of not one but two inclusions on Drake’s last full-length release, More Life, back in 2017. As with most people who benefit from Drizzy’s signature Midas touch, Smith had been quietly grinding away for several years before he showed up, but after he turned his spotlight on her, Smith’s fate was sealed. She was going to be a star.

Of course, even without Drake’s co-sign, Smith was probably destined for stardom either way. For one thing, the biracial singer-songwriter from Walsall, West Midlands (read: the middle of nowhere England) is so astonishingly pretty that during her recent interview with Beats 1 the journalist was prompted to bring up Janet Mock’s popularization of the term “pretty privilege.” “Some of my followers don’t even know I’m a singer,” Smith admitted — but that’s where those fans are really missing out.

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Because aside from being incredibly good-looking, Smith is in possession of one of those flawless, impossibly rich and soulful voices that seems to have no limits, no pitch trouble, no volume issues. Across her debut, Lost & Found Jorja’s floats in and out, deep and rumbling like the sea, always containing more than you think it might, but just as powerful when spread thin, sweeping up against the edges of the song, then pulling back.

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