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Jorja Smith debuts album at sold out Pryzm shows

By Maurizio Kayonjo Sep 29, 2023
Photo by Guy Bell/Shutterstock (10323841av) Jorja Smith plays the West Holts Stage Glastonbury Festival, Day 3, UK - 28 Jun 2019

Grammy-nominated R&B sensation Jorja Smith sold out two shows at Kingston’s Pryzm venue, within hours of release.

Kingston set the scene for the opening stop of her seven-city tour and fans snapped up tickets for the September 28 and October 7 shows. The tour serves as a platform for Smith to unveil her highly awaited new album, falling or flying scheduled for release today.

It is her second appearance at Pryzm, following her initial performance in 2018, where she showcased her debut album, Lost & Found.

The album gathered widespread acclaim, with three Brit Award nominations in the categories of Album of the Year, Breakthrough Act and Female Solo Artist, in addition to securing a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

In an interview with Vogue, Smith shared the creative process for her new album: “I didn’t have a theme or a concept… that’s not how I make music. When listening to my songs, I just want people to feel more, whether that’s happy or sad. After making this album, I definitely stepped into womanhood. I’m a bit more sure of myself. I think people will hear that when they listen. They’ll think, ‘Ah! She’s growing up.’ I just want people to feel my music.”

With four singles already released, each showcasing a different facet of her musical ability, Try Me leans toward an Afropop sound, while Little Things mixes R&B with clubby rave music, featuring a lo-fi, jazz piano intro.

Jorja Smith – Try Me
Jorja Smith – Little Things

The album features two guest artists. British rapper J Hus collaborates on Feelings while reggae singer Lila Iké lends her beautiful vocals to Greatest Gift.

Smith emerged onto the music scene with her debut single Blue Lights in 2016, and has since captured hearts with hits like On My Mind in 2017 and Be Honest featuring Burna Boy in 2019.

She has also made significant guest appearances herself. She lent her unique voice to Drake’s More Life with tracks like Jorja Interlude and Get It Together. She was also included in the Black Panther soundtrack, with the song I Am, as part of Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed project.

As the release date of falling or flying draws nearer, Kingston prepares to welcome one of the most exceptional R&B voices of our generation.

The journey then continues with an intimate tour, featuring three special dates in November, taking place in Birmingham, Manchester, and London.

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