The name Jorja Smith might spark recognition in some for its association with contemporary trailblazers like Stormzy, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Kali Uchis. But, increasingly, the name Jorja Smith is gaining its own, much deserved, command and momentum. From her impressive early SoundCloud work to her 2018 studio album, Lost & Found, Smith has accumulated both a vast fan base and critical recognition. Earlier this year she won the ‘Critic’s Choice’ award at the Brits and, most recently, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.
It is no overstatement then to suggest that Smith’s soulful voice and thoughtful lyrics hold the power to fill Manchester’s cavernous Albert Hall. Built over a century ago as a Methodist Hall, the venue now attracts a different kind of congregation who seek the best in British music. Hosting names as varied as Manic Street Preachers, Sam Smith and this year’s Mercury Prize winners, Wolf Alice, the Albert Hall’s fusion of grandness and bareness offer Smith the opportunity to cement her own name amongst these greats.
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