Jorja Smith Is Effortless In This NPR Tiny Desk Concert

It takes a lot of talent to make it look this easy. Jorja Smith casts a warm glow — and shows astonishing range and control — in this NPR Tiny Desk concert, where even the well-seasoned audience members were left awed.

“As Smith worked her way up the scales to each high note in ‘On My Mind’ (a track usually sung over a reverberated garage beat) and ‘Teenage Fantasy’ (a ballad to love lost written when she was 16), there wasn’t an ounce of pressure evident in her face or body language,” Sidney Madden writes. “When she closed her eyes to deliver the rap verse of ‘Blue Lights,’ the anti-injustice song that first positioned her as a SoundCloud darling in 2016, a hush fell over the room in awe of her precision.”

She’s collaborated with greats from Drake to Kali Uchis, but it’s great to see her center stage.

You can see the whole performance here:



Tiny Desk Concerts are always a treat — taking musical superstars and putting them in an incongruous, but intimate, environment. But this particular iteration is the perfect demonstration of why they are so special — being able to see an artist with the charisma and talent to fill a stadium, up close and personal.