Jorja Smith Captures Her Hometown Of Walsall In New “Blue Lights” Video
Jorja Smith releases a beautiful black-and-white, Olivia Rose-directed video for “Blue Lights,” which highlights her hometown of Walsall.
“Blue Lights” was the first song that put me on a two-year journey to get Jorja Smith to exclusively interview on this site. For those who don’t know, I scour Soundcloud’s Discovery option heavily for new artists and intriguing sounds. I came across Jorja’s song about how the police treat the people of her native Walsall and felt this sonic kinship with the then-budding star, and instantly wrote about it for our audience to get familiar with. Fast forward some time, and Jorja has been declared a breakout star and is on the eve of releasing her debut album, Lost & Found.
To ramp up the hype train for the project, Jorja takes us back to her hometown of Walsall with the stunning video for “Blue Lights,” and shares with the world a beautiful black-and-white look at the boys and men in Jorja’s life who inspired the song. “I wanted to [show] men/boys of Walsall and Birmingham from all different walks of life doing everyday activities to show that the stereotypes we are bombarded with are misleading and, ultimately, harmful,” Jorja said in a press release. “I chose Walsall as the setting for the video as that is where I am from and where I drew my inspiration from when writing the song.”
Real beautiful and daring in its meaning and visual presentation, director Olivia Rose described what it meant for her to create such a soul-stirring piece of art. “What’s really beautiful is that a lot of the cast and places are authentically related back to Jorja — her dad, the boys who inspired the song, the park where she hung out as a teenager, the owner of the restaurant where she had her first gig. We wanted to include talent in the cast too, without them feeling like cameos.” Musicians Jaykae, Despo, Mike Skinner, and producer Preditah, who worked with Jorja on “On My Mind,” all make appearances if you look hard enough.
With two years of hard work and artistic merit built up, “Blue Lights” is a great segway into the release of Jorja’s debut album Lost & Found, which is set for global release on June 8. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more develops. Until then, watch “Blue Lights” below, pre-order the Lost & Found album here, and catch these tour dates for her fourth UK tour starting off this October.
Lost & Found – TRACKLIST
1. Lost & Found
2. Teenage Fantasy
3. Where Did I Go?
4. February 3rd
5. On Your Own
6. The One
7. Wandering Romance
8. Blue Lights
9. Lifeboats (Freestyle)
12. Don’t Watch Me Cry
OCTOBER 2018 TOUR DATES
Norwich – UEA – 4th October
Bristol – 02 Academy – 5th October
Newcastle – 02 Academy 1- 7th October
Glasgow – 02 Academy – 8th October
Manchester – Albert Hall – 10th October
Birmingham – 02 Academy 1 – 13th October
Nottingham – Rock City – 14th October
London – O2 Brixton Academy – 17th October