With her stunning vocals, effortless swag, and commanding stage presence, you’d never know that 19-year-old U.K. songstress was making her L.A. debut in front of sold-out crowd at The Echo. It’s no wonder she’s featured in the coveted BBC Sound of 2017 list, got the official nod of approval from Drake, and rides high on countless blogs’ artists to watch lists for 2017.
Enthusiastic fans cheered as Jorja Smith sailed through her 15-song set, which included tracks from her recently-released EP, Project 11. Highlights from the performance included “Don’t Watch Me Cry,” a new song that showcased Jorja’s powerful vocals over a piano. The ballad “So Lonely” was another opportunity for her vocals and vulnerability to shine in the spotlight. “A Prince” was a definite crowd favorite, as she forayed into dark R&B territory.
Jorja was joined by Maverick Sabre for “Carry Me Home” and a brand new song they debuted at the show. Their voices complemented one other flawlessly, giving fans a magical and unexpected treat.
The night also included a few stunning cover songs. Smith praised Luther Vandross as she performed his song “Never Too Much.” She seamlessly weaved that classic into Drake and Rihanna’s “Too Good,” which the crowd responded to with a massive sing-a-long. Another crowd favorite was Smith’s rendition of Mario’s 2004 hit, “Let Me Love You.”
Jorja cites Amy Winehouse and Rihanna as artists she’s inspired by, and this combination was evident in her closing song, “Blue Lights.” As fans screamed “Blue Lights” after she stepped off stage, the emotional debut single was appropriately and flawlessly delivered as the final song in Smith’s encore.
If this was Jorja Smith’s debut, then we’re in for a treat! If you weren’t already familiar, do yourself a favor and listen to Smith’s music immediately, as we’re predicting a very bright future for the beautiful and bold songstress.