Brit Award winning Jorja Smith has had a fantastic year following the release of her debut album ‘Lost & Found’ in June 2018. Aside from collaborating with the likes of Drake and Stormzy, supporting Bruno Mars on the US leg of his tour and making waves in the fashion industry, Jorja has developed a unique sound which has received much critical acclaim. We couldn’t be more excited to bring her to Boardmasters 2019! Here are 10 facts about Jorja that will make you love her even more than you already do!
1. How she met Drake for the first time
Jorja has revealed that the first time she met the Toronto rapper (who she collaborated with on 2016 track ‘Get It Together’), she was in The Co-op buying Wine Gums and tampons!
2. She knows how to make a good coffee
Jorja used to be a part-time barista at Starbucks and would record snippets of songs on her phone during her lunch breaks.
3. She cites Amy Winehouse, Damian Marley and Lauryn Hill as her main influences
“All of these artists were so honest, raw, real and you could believe every word they were singing/rapping about. I think I do that too.”
4. It was this YouTube video that first got her noticed
After covering Alex Clare’s ‘Too Close’ someone from the music industry got in contact and wanted to meet her.
5. She was the first independent artist to even be nominated (let alone win) the Brits Critics Choice Award!
She continues to operate independently (through choice).
6. Her home setup is a beat-up old 70s hi-fi with knackered speakers
She likes listening to a record from start to finish without being able to skip tracks.
7. She performed at legendary producer Quincy Jones’ 85th birthday party
Kind of a big deal…!
8. The fashion industry loves her
Sitting front row with Jared Leto at the Gucci SS19 show, performing at Bulgari’s dinner party and fronting a Nike Air Force One campaign are just a few of her accolades.
9. She started gigging at 15
Starting small, Jorja performed a few shows in small venues around her native Walsall. Look how far she's come...
See you at @boardmasters �� pic.twitter.com/JYlVU9M0lr— JMoney (@JorjaSmith) November 28, 2018
10. Her list of accolades continues to grow
Not only has Smith won the Brits Critics Choice Award, she has also been Mercury Prize nominated, MOBO nominated and has recently been nominated for a Grammy!
Seriously thank you for an amazing year. I have no words, dropped a video today too and got nominated for a Grammy???????�� I love what I am doing, it can get a lot sometimes but everything is worth it. Always.#GRAMMYs #GrammyNominations #grammynoms pic.twitter.com/iuQDArhlvU— JMoney (@JorjaSmith) December 7, 2018