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Jorja Smith to release new album in June

By Tom Oakley | Music | Published:

Walsall's Jorja Smith has revealed she will be releasing her debut album later this year.

The 20-year-old star has announced details of her highly-anticipated debut album Lost & Found.

The record is set for global release on June 8 with previous singles Blue Lights, Teenage Fantasy and Where Did I Go? available as instant grats with the album pre-order.

She is currently in the midst of her third US tour – including a debut appearance at Coachella and her US TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The album has been written by Smith across the past three years, from the age of 17 to 20.

With a BRIT Award win, millions of streams and 10 magazine front covers under her belt – all achieved in just two years – Jorja Smith's rise to stardom has been nothing short of meteoric.

A statement said: "Lost & Found is the rich fruit of Jorja's past two years of work and an artistic statement.

"On her debut offering, Smith's playfully infectious pop spirit intertwines with her youthful charisma, idiosyncratic storytelling, and informed opinions – attributes that have set her apart from her peers and seen her become one of the UK's most-loved female-breakthrough stars of recent years.

"A sonic masterclass, Lost & Found spans a number of personal, and observational yet relatable topics that only Jorja Smith could unite so compellingly."

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Bursting onto the scene in 2016 with her critically acclaimed debut single Blue Lights, Jorja was subsequently tipped for success by a plethora of publications including The Fader, i-D Magazine, Pitchfork, NPR, Vogue and more.

In 2017, Jorja, went on to support mega-star Bruno Mars on the US-leg of his world tour, collaborated with global lyricist Drake (More Life) and also co-wrote "I Am" - her solo single on the #1 Black Panther soundtrack - with rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Kicking-off 2018 as BRITs Critics' Choice winner, she followed with her single Let Me Down – featuring a rap from British MC Stormzy.

Shortly after, Jorja embarked on her third sold-out eight-date UK tour which concluded with two Shepherds Bush Empire dates.

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Express & Star reporter responsible for covering Walsall and Staffordshire. Got a story? Email tom.oakley@expressandstar.co.uk or call 01902 319482.

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