JORJA SMITH

THE DRAKE-CER­TI­FIED SINGER IS THE SOUL­FUL SOUND OF 2017

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We chat to Jorja on her last day of be­ing a teenager. In 19 years, she’s re­leased a mix­tape, toured the UK, been dubbed by the

BBC as one of the sounds of 2017, fea­tured on Drake’s al­bum (twice) and sat front row at Bal­main – the Wal­sall singer’s style is an ef­fort­less hy­brid of Nineties Lau­ryn Hill and 2017 In­sta-girl. Like her hero Amy Wine­house, Jorja’s voice is soul­ful be­yond its years. ‘Songs are like time ma­chines,’ she says of her in­tro­spec­tive R&B. ‘You write one and it could be­come a wed­ding or fu­neral song, or some­one’s favourite track. One of my friends knew some­one in prison who lis­tened to Blue Lights [her song that looks at young peo­ple’s en­coun­ters with the po­lice] and it helped him – that’s mad.’ Her twen­ties are des­tined to be even greater.

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