By Maryam Azizli
The Orpheum Theatre
November 20, 2018
The illustrious carved walls of the Orpheum Theatre housed an angel. By now you’ve likely heard of Jorja Smith, a 21-year old R&B sensation who emerged in 2016 with her debut single “Blue Lights.” The song garnered serious attention, due not only to Smith’s breathtaking vocal form, but also to its lyrical relevance. The following year she appeared on Drake’s More Life, before releasing her first studio effort, Lost and Found, in 2018. Smith’s music is an intoxicating blend of R&B, jazz and soul, with hip hop occasionally thrown in the mix.
Gliding along the stage with grace that held captive the gaze of the audience, ingraining herself into the memories of everyone lucky enough to witness her. The crowd rose up with a roar and stayed standing, from the moment Jorja sauntered on to the moment she said her goodbyes. Be it “Lost and Found” or “Tomorrow,” “Teenage Fantasy” or “The One,” the audience drank in every note, every flick of her wrist, reciting the lyrics with an intensity and clarity that moved even the singer.
Smith emitted a permanent glow, rapturing the venue on piano-led “Don’t Watch Me Cry,” which she wrote at 18, and “Let Me Down,” a song she performed live for the first time that night. She finished the set with much loved “On My Mind,” backlight illuminating her silhouette in a way that could only be described as ethereal.
Without a doubt, Jorja Smith is here to stay.