#10 – Jorja Smith ★★★★☆

Good afternoon & welcome back to Eventlife!
I hope you’re well and you’re making the most of this sunny-with-a-chance-of-downpours-every-hour weather – it’s the most beautiful of a summers day and next thing you know, you’re amidst a torrential downpour. Wonderful! ☺

I was lucky enough to go and see Jorja Smith live with my sister at Electric Brixton the other night – the 20th of July 2017 to be exact.

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(Photo credit: thefourohfive)

For those of you who don’t know much about Jorja, she is an up & coming new artist to watch. She has made it onto the longlist for BBC Music Sound of 2017, and FactMag also listed her as one of the 10 pop and R&B artists to watch in 2017. She has released music with the likes of Maverick Sabre and Drake and even toured with him as his opening act. She will be opening for Bruno Mars this coming September around a number of US arenas. She’s been compared to artists like Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, 2 huge names. Her latest release ‘Teenage Fantasy’ made it to the Radio 1 breakfast show at the beginning of the week as Nick Grimshaw’s tune of the week.

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(Photo credit: @amaloumusic)

It all kicked off at 7:15pm with the opening act, Ama Lou (pictured above), an 18 year old minimalist pop singer. I’d never heard of her before and I’m pleased to say that her performance pleasantly surprised me. Ama performed a number of songs including a new release. She was a shy, innocent character who created an enjoyable atmosphere for the crowd as they slowly piled up for the headliner of the evening…

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(Photo credit: tmrwmagazine)

…who arrived on stage at around 9:15pm. She brought with her a level of intimacy & purity. Her character is very lovable and innocent and her voice incredible; absolutely flawless. She had managed to captivate the audience from the moment her band (@FemiOnDrums, @AmaneSuganami, @BenjaminTotten & Mutale) began with the opener ‘Something In The Way‘. She made her way through some tracks from ‘Project 11‘ mixed with some unreleased numbers. The crowd sung along with Maverick Sabre, who joined Jorja on stage for ‘Carry Me Home’ and Thea Gajic assisted with the opening interlude to the track. The visuals mingled so well with the clarity of her voice, as they showed innocence within each other. The whole set gelled together seamlessly.

If you don’t already know who she is, I would h i g h l y recommend you listen to her music. She’s got a song to fit your every mood. My personal favourite has to be ‘Beautiful Little Fools’ so there’s a starting point. I can see that Jorja is at the beginning of – what I can only hope will be – a glorious & incredible career.

Have you been lucky enough to see her live? If not, have you had the opportunity to see any other bands or artists live? Who would you recommend I go & see? I’m open to all suggestions!

Here’s a little clip of Jorja if you fancy a quick minute preview.

It has been a pleasure reviewing Miss Smith for you and I look forward to writing plenty more posts for you.

Till next time ☺

 

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