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One To Watch: The Up-And-Coming Jorja Smith

One To Watch: The Up-And-Coming Jorja Smith

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Jorja Smith at a concert last year

Raised in a household filled with rock, reggae and soul, it's hardly surprising that Smith has strolled so confidently into the music scene over the past couple of years. First recognised as a having a talent for music by her father when she sang "Silent Night" in church, many critics have brought affirmation to father's early view. Indeed, a countless amount of critics, fans and journalists have praised her for having a smokey voice that can "silence a room".

Besides her incredible voice, the thing about Jorja Smith that sets her apart from many of her competitors, is her sense of urgency then it comes to dabbling in current moral and political issues.

Her self-released debut single,"Blue Lights", for instance, takes it's cue from Dizzee Rascal's 2007 political statement "Sirens", and is inspired by "the black stereotype" and by Form 696, a mandatory licensing file that, until 2008, requested that event promoters inform the police of the audience's ethnic makeup. This frequently led the police to close down music events, simply because of a largely black audience.

"I don't like to write about myself. I like listening to people."

A passionate individual, Smith makes clear her heart for others, stating in an interview: "I don't like to write about myself. I like listening to people."

Naturally, then, the UK, the world, myself included, are inclined to listen to her.

Above: Smith's first and incredibly successful collaborative single, 'On My Mind'.

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