Unless you’ve been logged out of your iTunes account for the past year, you’ve probably already heard of this week’s betty babe – the amazing Jorja Smith. The 20 year old singer/songwriter from the West Midlands caught our attention thanks to her awesome music and personality to match. Need any more convincing? Read on to learn everything there is to know about this week’s #girlcrush.
She’s got the voice of an angel
This girl has always loved to sing. When she was just 8 she made her first public appearance, performing her own rendition of Silent Night at the local church. Encouraged by her father who was also a musician, Jorja got into her secondary school on a music scholarship – it was here that she trained as a classical singer.
Jorja spent her weekends and evenings recording covers of popular songs, posting them on YouTube. When her (now) management spotted her cover of ‘Too Close’ they knew she was something special. Singing has always been her passion and this year all her hard work paid off as she was awarded the 2018 BRITs Critics’ Choice award.
Jorja, who’s currently touring in the US, has written and recorded some amazing songs with some pretty big names. Her most recent single features UK grime artist Stormzy and is one of our fave tunes atm. Check out the video here.
She’s totally real
One of the things we love most about Jorja is how fiercely real she’s remained despite the fame. She wants her fans to know she’s just a normal girl from Walsall and even gave her hometown a shoutout when she was on tour with Drake. Oh yeah, did we forget to mention she toured with DRAKE *swoon*.
You can’t help but love how down to earth this girl is. In an interview with Babyface she explained that she’s at her happiest “with all my friends and seeing them all laugh and smile”. She talks about how her funniest memories were at school with her friends, saying: “There never went a day at school without almost bursting into tears with laughter”. How cute.
She’s pretty confident for a 20 year old and hopes to project this message to her younger female fans, telling them to “be themselves and be real with themselves”. A mantra we could all learn from.
She’s super ambitious
Jorja has achieved some amazing things, but this girl is not about slowing down. “I want to be worldwide, international, in everyone’s ears, and everyone listening to what I’m saying, because I think I say some good stuff. I want to be someone for young girls to look up to, for fathers to want their daughters to listen to me because I’m not rude and I’m actually talking some sense,” she told the Evening Standard. Her dream is to collaborate with reggae star Damian Marley. With the way this 20 year old’s career is going, we’re pretty sure world domination is in reach!
She’s got some pretty cool celeb mates
Having launched her career touring with Drake, it’s no surprise that this babe has A-lister mates. Jorja described the Hotline Bling hitmaker as a “really down to earth” and “great guy” in a recent interview with Radio 1 Xtra, but denies having any sort of romantic relationship with the star. Jorja is also besties with female rapper Kali Uchis. The two became good friends after recording the song ‘Tyrant’ together. Jorja’s Insta is full of pics of the badass duo. We’re seriously hoping for some more tunes from them in the future!
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