Jorja Smith hails from the Midlands, and is a phenomenal songwriter and storyteller. So much so that her debut track ‘Blue Lights’, a modern tale of street violence and double crossed friendship, has garnered her comparisons with Lauryn Hill. Big shoes and big praise indeed but Jorja has the poise and the sound to warrant it.
‘Blue Lights’ is a moving soul track with an RnB bassline and just a whisper of UK grime (there’s even a sample of Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Sirens’ in the closing moments as a nod to the scene). But the real stand out aspect of the track is Jorja’s sweet, unpolished, but masterful voice. It can more than carry the undeniable weight of her lyrical content, and I cannot wait to hear more from her.