Jojo Biography

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A singer.  A songwriter.  A prodigy. With just a few notes, she's made some of the most influential men and women in America stop in their tracks to find her, and meet her. She possesses a rare talent that has enchanted talk show hosts, celebrities and audiences throughout the United States.  And she's determined to take the music world by storm.

Her name is JoJo.

In the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts JoJo grew up in a home filled with song. Her mother, a church soloist and trained musical theater performer, would practice hymns and arias alike while a young JoJo watched, listened and learned. She imitated her mother's incredible range as well as the sounds that breezed through the family's home stereo: Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Etta James. "When I was two years old, I would sing nursery rhymes.  I would do riffs on them and make them jazzy," JoJo remembers. It was at this early age that she taught herself to interpret the pop and blues tunes she heard with her own distinctive and unique style.

Eager to perform in venues other than her living room, JoJo searched for her first big break. She found it in a small newspaper clipping that advertised an audition for CBS-TV's Kids Say the Darndest Things On The Road In Boston. Her soul and passion left the producers speechless and she was immediately given a spot to perform. Once JoJo hit the stage, Bill Cosby, the show's host, asked her to sing a little something for the people-packed Faneuil Hall. JoJo belted out a show-stopping rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" which earned her an overwhelming response from the audience. (As well as from Bill Cosby, himself.) A phone call from The Oprah Winfrey show followed soon after, inviting the young girl to appear on the show. "When it came to performing, I just had no fear," says JoJo.

All at once things began to happen.  Calls from talk show producers and music festival organizers began to pour in. JoJo did them all, singing at places as diverse as a Boston Celtics basketball game and the Republican National Convention. But it was at McDonald's 2001 Gospelfest (at Town Hall in New York City) where JoJo brought down the house with one single song. On a bill with music greats such as Melba Moore, JoJo let loose her pipes on "I Believe in You and Me," Whitney Houston's smash hit from The Preacher's Wife. "The place went crazy!" JoJo exclaims. "They gave me a standing ovation, and when I walked off stage, Cissy Houston, Whitney's mother, said to me 'You did a great job out there.'" Such a glowing endorsement was simply priceless to the young singer.

While appearing on the TV show, America's Most Talented Kids, JoJo was noticed by a man in the audience who introduced her to Vincent Herbert, famed producer and owner of Da Family Entertainment.  JoJo was signed to Da Family and offered two major recording contracts before finding her perfect match with Barry Hankerson and his label Blackground Records, home to Toni Braxton, Timbaland & Magoo, and the late Aaliyah.

After being signed to Blackground, JoJo spent the next four months recording tracks for her self-titled debut in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, working closely with famed producers such as Soulshock & Karlin (Whitney Houston, Craig David), Vincent Herbert (Destiny's Child, Toni Braxton), Mike City (Brandy), Brian Morgan (SWV), The Underdogs (Tyrese, Ruben Studdard), and writer Static (Aaliyah, Ginuwine). "It was a great experience working with them in the studio.  Everyone had such an incredible vibe, and that comes through in the songs," JoJo enthuses.

The album showcases JoJo's talent, not only as a singer, but as a songwriter as well. She penned three tracks for JoJo, including: "Keep On Keepin' On", "Yes or No", and "Sunshine".  Her favorite cut, "Keep On Keepin' On" is especially close to her heart. "It was really hard when I was younger.  We were the lowest income people in our town," she explains. "My mom and I lived in a rundown one-bedroom apartment and we lived off very little money. I wrote "Keep On Keepin' On" because I knew I wasn't the only one going through hard times," she says.

The final product is an album infused with assured, confident vocals and lyrics that speak way beyond JoJo's tender years. The ballads are deep and soul-filled, and the up-tempo tracks are bumping and make you want to dance.  Her music strikes the perfect balance between attitude and innocence-which is exactly what JoJo is all about.

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My role model | Reviewer: Smajo | 2/19/14

Hii I'm Smajo Babez, writing all da way from Papua New Guinea...
Hey I really admire everything about you.... Ur such a lucky person with a talented voice... Love u jojo... Ur big fan :-*

JOJO PLEASE COME HERE | Reviewer: KarynB | 8/31/12

JOJO I <3 yeh soooo much. I waz in da sshop buyin fags yday and ur song came on and I was like "DIS MY JAM!" nd den I dancd like a madman.

Plz cum 2 mi hous, my dad wil make u mac and cheese and u can meet my baby, her name is also JOJO

Love | Reviewer: ''KaMaL'' | 6/4/11

JoJo i Love You Baby,
and i am geeting anxious day by day for you and i have a great plan to meet you and Make a Music Video With you. I My self have a great intensity for Singing.
Please Allow me to have this Matchless opportunity. Thank You, Love you, Miss You, Kiss you.

a | Reviewer: jack | 5/3/10

hi r u?its me jack from ASIA(NEPAL).plz if u dont mine i want to request one things.i like ur voice.and also ur songs title BABY ITS request is that i want to get ur yahoo massenger id.and when is ur birthday.plz if u give that htings i will be glad.bye and love you

you know what she is my neck name in semhar 2ndary school | Reviewer: alexander | 3/30/10

jo jo i cant express my felling in this u know u have taken my soul i always dream u becouse ur love makes me such a thing but the only thing that i wanna say for u is that please if u come to my peacefull and sweet country please pleas please meet me by my mail so this is xo xo alex jo jo love ya

UR BIGGEST FAN EVER..=} | Reviewer: meme | 3/4/10


hi: | Reviewer: ahmad | 6/29/09

hey there all of you i hope you are fine as well specially jojo.......
what is there to say?,,as i can see in here there are lots of fans and lovers......
but ofcourse i will say that i also love jojo.....i like her smartness, her intlegence, her style, her music her everthing and the most thing i like her beautiful smile that whenever i see her talks my heart but how ever i say and how many times you all know and she also know......
when i listen to her songs i go lost in the world i really haven't seen such a talent and voice in this young age..... the only thing i wish for is to tlak to her or meet her someday or atleast to meet a special girl like her.......
i want only the best for her and i wish her my best luch in her live and carrer.

god bless you | Reviewer: vassa | 4/25/09

Hi jojo(Baby) I'm a big fan of from India. From the day i saw your album i'm in Love with you. The only thing i want to say you is i love you. "Best of luck" for your future "God bless you with his love".

damn! | Reviewer: robiel | 4/12/09

No ONE loves jojo as she is pretty,cute, words cannot explain what she is.. not only is she being listened in the U.S. but in the THIRD WORLD.. i live in Eritrea. I WISH I COULD MEET HER\

Inspired! | Reviewer: kimberly | 3/16/09

Listening to your music and how you express yourself is amazing. It is also thrilling everytime I hear a song of yours. I think my fave song is "Note To God" that song is fantastic. I'm also looking foward to getting myself started. I also sing, and write my own songs. I've written at least 30 songs and I'm hoping that one day I can record them and share them with the world(and write many more). Love you so much JoJo. Ur one of my fave singers alongside Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Leona Lewis and many others. Keep up the good work. Thnxx for being and inpiration to me.

jojo is the best! | Reviewer: a big fan | 11/28/08

jojo i really lovve your music and i try to sing to your song and sometimes i can relate them to me. jojo i also think that you are really talented and you have an amzing voice that anybody would love. i hope someday i can meet you! oh also want to say havve fun making knew songs, and i know that whatever song you caome up with it'll be a great hit. lastly my name is also joanna.

Jojo | Reviewer: matthew | 5/24/08

JOJO is my idol I really like al her songs and they way shes acts is amasing too i hope i meet her on day too. I love her song baby its you and her new one How to touch a girl. your amasing singer who is a good role model for girls. YOU ROCK AND I HOPE TO MEET YOU ONE DAY

shiz very kll n seems to be friendly | Reviewer: sheph | 4/19/08

jojo is 1 of my favourites singer n i ryly admire her for her great talent dat she possesed since her young age....shiz really butiful and gorgeous-but i'd prefer her wid her dark brown hair......she has her own personality n seems to be friendly....rite?well 4 me shill olwayz remain my favourite singa-keep it up jojo

i loooooooove you | Reviewer: rania zakaria | 1/23/08

hi i am rania i love your song about toolate keep it up i love ur voice u just have every thing to be the most talent singer and ur really and i love u very much i hear more of your beutifull yours rania

she is agreat singer | Reviewer: moha mursal | 1/14/08

i love her very mch
she is ayoung she is great actress great
singer charming smooth beautiful sweet
she is ma best singer i like her very mch
she is doin well

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