Jorja Alice Smith (born 11 June 1997) is a British singer and songwriter from Walsall, West Midlands. Jorja attended Aldridge Secondary School. She released her debut extended play, Project 11, in November 2016.
Smith grew up listening to reggae, punk, hip-hop, and R&B and wrote her first song at the age of 11. She describes being “obsessed” with Amy Winehouse’s 2003 debut album Frank as a teenager and was inspired by the singer’s raw approach to songwriting. Smith said her songs are about social issues: “When things are going on in the world, I think it’s important to touch on them because as a musician, you can make people listen. As soon as people press play, you’ve got their attention.”She cites Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Mos Def, and The Streets as influences.
Jorja Smith has released several singles since January 2016 and collaborated with other artists, including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Kali Uchis, and Stormzy. She performed as the opening act on Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour in October and November 2017. Her debut studio album, Lost & Found, was released in 2018 to critical acclaim and peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. In 2018, Smith won the Brit Critics’ Choice Award. In 2019, she was named Best British Female Artist at the 2019 Brit Awards and was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.