THE DRAKE-CERTIFIED SINGER IS THE SOULFUL SOUND OF 2017
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.