Beautiful stunning damsel, Jorja Smith, is a music artist who has stolen the hearts of many with her sweet enticing soprano voice. She is also a songwriter that has collaborated with a lot of other artists like Drake, Kali Uchis, Stormzy, and many more.
Jorja delved into music as a teenager and has come a long way in the industry. Her career was launched after she uploaded different cover songs on her YouTube channel before releasing her own singles and EPs to the world at large. The singer made all these achievements very early in life and is still very young. She is further remarkable for her performances that have gained her quite a few credits.
Jorja Smith is Not the Only Famous Member of Her Family
Jorja Smith was born on the 11th of June 1997 in Walsall, West Midlands. Her father Peter is a Jamaican who worked as a benefits officer and a musician. Peter was part of the neo-soul group 2nd Naicha way before his daughter was born. Her mother Jolene, on the other hand, is an English woman and a jewelry designer. Jorja is the eldest child of her parents. She has a brother named Luca and her cousin is professional football player Kemar Roofe.
Following her father’s stead as a musician, Jorja Smith started taking piano lessons at the age of eight and later earned a scholarship to attend the Aldridge School where she learned how to sing classical music and play the oboe. The young artist also took music for her A-level exams.
She Began Singing at the Age of 15
At the age of 15, Jorja Smith started uploading several videos of her singing cover songs on YouTube. Meanwhile, as a student, she traveled to London and wrote a few songs with Maverick Sabre and Ed Thomas. After her graduation from school, the aspiring musician relocated to London and took a minor job as a barista while still writing songs.
In January 2016, Smith released her debut single titled “Blue Lights”. The song garnered over 400,000 plays on SoundCloud the very month it was released. With the success of her first effort, she released her second single “Where Did I Go” which was selected by rapper Drake as his favorite track of the moment in entertainment weekly.
Ms. Smith later went ahead to release a four-track extended play titled Project 11. Within that same period, she was selected as one of the upcoming stars on BBC Music’s Sound of 2017.
Jorja’s Initial Successes Gave Her The Opportunity To Collaborate With Top Artists
The first top artist Jorja Smith collaborated with was Drake who featured her as a special guest on Drake’s Boy Meet World Tours which ran from February to March 2017. She was equally featured on one of the rapper’s mixtape titled More Life where she sang on two of his tracks. Her 2018 single, “Let Me Down”, which is listed among her most popular songs to date, was a collaboration with UK rapper Stormzy. The track peaked at #3 on The UK Independent Singles Chart as well as featured in other top charts.
With her career in the music industry well established, Jorja started partnering with other successful artists. She has collaborated with Kali Uchis, appearing on his song “Tyrant”. She also participated in his 2019 North American tour which took off in Washington DC on the 28th of April and ended on the 30th of May in Toronto. She has worked alongside grime artist Preditah on the song “On My Mind”.
Believing in the power of collaboration, the young talent has joined forces with others to write some of her songs. This led Jorja to co-write and perform the song “I am” on Kendrick Lamar‘s Black Panther soundtrack. In October and November 2017, she served as the opening act on Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour. This gave her the needed eligibility to gain a spot as one of the recipients for the Brit Critics’ Choice Award.
Most recently, Jorja has worked with African giant Burna Boy. In August, Smith released the single “Be Honest” featuring him. She also featured on his song “Gum Body” which appeared on his Grammy Award-nominated album.
Jorja Smith’s Debut Studio Album Was a Huge Success
Following the success of her tour with Drake in 2017, Jorja Smith dropped more hit singles such as “On My Mind” and “Teenage Fantasy”. The next year, she emerged as the first independent artist to become a nominee and eventual winner of the Brit Critics’ Choice Award.
Jorja’s debut studio album, Lost & Found, was eventually released on the 8th of June 2018 to rave reviews. The album featured twelve songs and sold more than 40 thousand copies in the United Kingdom. It landed in top positions on various charts around the world like the UK Official Albums Chart where it hit #3. That is not all, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI Ltd.) certified it Silver and it became a nominee for the ‘Mercury Prize’.
Jorja Smith subsequently went on a US and UK tour to promote her album as she won her second Brit Award in 2019 in the category of British Female Solo Artist. She further earned a Grammy Award nomination in the Best New Artist category.
Jorja is Rumored To Have Dated a Few Men in the Music Industry
Jorja Smith is currently in a relationship with singer, songwriter, and music producer Joel Compass who is known for his debut EP, Astronaut. He simultaneously released his single “Run and Forgive Me” in 2014.
Smith and Compass started dating in September 2017 and have been together ever since. The two worked together on one of the songs on her album and they have attended various events as a couple, including the last Grammy Awards where Jorja was a nominee.
Before Joel, the 5 feet 6 inches tall singer was believed to have been in a relationship with Drake. It is said that their dalliance hit the rocks sometime in 2017. There have also been speculations that Stormzy cheated on his girlfriend Maya Jama with Jorja Smith, however, the rapper has denied all claims in that regard but that did not stop his relationship with Maya from coming to an end.