Jorja Smith // The Junction, Cambridge // 12.2.2018

Jorja Smith // The Junction, Cambridge // 12.2.2018

Having garnered so much success over the past year from a wide pool of music lovers, Jorja Smiths current tour is a reflection of how far the young singer has come and where she is yet to go. Setting up the vibe for the evening was Leicester-native Mahalia, backed by her guitarist Charlie. It was refreshing to see young artists on the come-up supporting each other, especially as they are both female.

Whilst the audience was small, ranging from young fans to elderly, Jorja’s stage presence was demanding and captivating. Her power, control, smouldering dance moves and playful interludes reminded me of the girl next door; both endearing yet mysterious.

Jorja Smith’s performance was not short of relaxed perfection. There was no theatrics, no big surprises, just Jorja, her mic, her band and the spot light. The shy singer seemed very comfortable onstage and her reggae dance moves were very telling of this.

Yet, even when belting out high notes, the control she possessed over her voice is impeccable. She is able to be both sweet yet powerful in almost seconds. Effortlessly.

Her versatility, her range and her experimental side was on full display as she performed songs off her highly anticipated and yet-to-debut album coming out this June. From raps sounding similar to Lauryn Hill, to an emotional ballad about losing a friend and not being able to say goodbye, Jorja Smith proved to the audience that last year was just a taster of her song-writing and performance ability and we have yet to experience her musical diversity.

All in all, as the tour draws to a close, we are happy to know that Jorja Smith will be continuing to perform through this year at festivals and a recently announced a tour commencing in October. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9AM.


Rebecca Higginbottom