Jorja Smith Enchants This Ain’t No Picnic With Her Powerful Vocals Thought+Photos: Jorja Smith at This Ain't No Picnic 8/27/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…Despite making waves in the UK back in 2016 with her acclaimed single “Blue Lights”, it wasn’t until I peeped her name in the credits of the Black Panther soundtrack album sometime in 2018. I was sleeping on the game. I was soon seeing her name pop up in my news feed everywhere as she was winning Brit Awards (3!) and getting Grammy nominated for Best New Artist. I was seriously sleeping on the game.
Jorja’s set started about 10 minutes late so I didn’t catch as much of her performance as I had wanted (I had to run to the opposite end of the festival grounds to photograph the Day 1 headliner), but what I did catch of Jorja’s performance demonstrated to me that she is a vocalist who full command of her voice. Her voice resonates incredibly, hitting all of the right frequencies that make you never tingle a bit. Honestly, I thought she really didn’t need her background vocalists. Maybe it was just the mix early in the set, but I thought their vocals only took away from the power of Jorja’s vocals when they tried to harmonize with her.
I wish I could have stuck around for more of her set… and trust me when I say that I tried to keep listening to her as I ran across the festival grounds. Thankfully, a fan’s video I found below gave to let me experience some of that which I missed. Thank you fan…”
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