Jorja Smith‘s 24th birthday is today and we’re here to celebrate the rising superstar, who is blessed and beautiful.
Not only has she collaborated with some of the biggest names in music (Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Stormzy…), she released her debut album, Lost & Found, a few years ago to critical acclaim. The British singer, born to a Jamaican father and English mom, was named Best British Female Artist at the 2019 Brit Awards and she’d also been nominated for a Best New Artist grammy.
These days Jorja is more expressive than ever, even voicing her concerns regarding systemic racism last year.
“To all my fans, I love you all and I hope you love me, my family, my ancestors, where I come from and what has shaped me,” she began in an Instagram post at the time. “I want to write a song about what’s happening and been happening because that’s how I communicate with you, but I can’t. It’s not me saying I don’t want to address what’s going on, I’m actually lost for words, I feel I don’t have any new vocabulary. I know how I feel though, angry, upset and confused that my people continue to suffer and fight for equality in societies built on oppression and have been suffering and fighting for so long. At times ‘Blue Lights’ is one of the last songs in my set. A song that I didn’t want to be relevant today, a song that was written before me, for me, a song that will be written today and next week. A song about the injustice and killing of black lives. If you’ve done nothing wrong blue lights should just pass you by? Sounds so naive.”
To celebrate the blossoming queen on her birthday, we gathered a few times Jorja slayed Instagram. You’re welcome.