"It was the equivalence to cloud nine"
Written and Photographed by Tamara Chapman
On August 24th I had the great pleasure of seeing Jorja Smith live for the very first time at The Velvet Underground in Toronto, ON. Jorja or “JMoney” is a Britain based singer and songwriter who is well known for her powerful grime single “Blue Lights”. As well as her features on Kali Uchis’ single “Tyrant” Drake’s most recent album More Life. One of her newest singles “Teenage Fantasy” has built her fan following even more hitting home for a lot of young fans’ hearts.
Shortly before the show was slated to begin, Jorja rolled up in a taxi and hopped out unnoticed. She ran right over to me with a soft smile, turning heads and dropping jaws. She greeted me with the kindest gesture and the biggest hug. We spoke for a short while which almost seemed like forever. To sum it up, she was more than excited to be playing a sold out show for over five hundred people.
Her set opened with “Something in the Way” with its haunting sounds leading to her arrival. Within seconds the crowd was belting from the top of their lungs. Jorja graced the stage in a soft blue tracksuit and her signature Nike Air Max 95’s. She then transitioned into “Where Did I Go?” which seemed to have her in shock when she realized the entire crowd was singing the lyrics over her. Loud mouths quickly grew quiet when Maverick Sabre took the stage to accompany her in performing “Carry Me Home” and “Loving You” having leaving the audience near tears. She immediately uplifted spirits after performing “On My Mind” the brand new single featuring Preditah that had dropped earlier that morning.
Leading the crowd to believe that her set was over, Jorja had a massive surprise for everyone. She began to sing “Get it Together”, and made a halt. She wanted to make sure that every beat was on point. The second time around she welcomed Drake to the stage. The crowd went absolutely insane. Not one mouth was silent. It was so easy to forget where we were, it was the equivalence to cloud nine, basically.
To end the show, JMoney closed it out with her debut single “Blue Lights”. It was what I was most excited for but at the same time I was heartbroken that the show had come to an end. Reflecting on the show shortly after, I realized that this wasn’t just any type of concert. It was so much deeper than a room radiated with music. There was something so refreshing about this evening in particular. It was almost like throughout the entire time you could feel the emotions she felt through your own flesh and bones; from her microphone to your ears. In that moment, there were nothing but goosebumps, smiles, and even some tears, circulating the atmosphere.
Seeing Jorja perform live is an actual life changing experience. I could go on and on expressing her amazing qualities, but you’d have to see her live for yourself. As since her tour closes out this week, in October and November she’ll be opening for Bruno Mars on the 24k Magic World Tour. So, don’t forget to catch her there, her first show being in Brooklyn, NY. Do yourselves a favor and enhance your music library with her sounds, and don’t forget to listen with love.