JoJo New Video
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
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She's JoJo. A singer. A songwriter. An actress. A prodigy. With her talent and charisma shining as bright as her smile, she has climbed to a level of stardom, only to achieve more in the years to come.
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). "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 looser 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/songwriter 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. Speaking way beyond her years, JoJo went multi-platinum with her soul-filled debut album in 2004. With the hit single "Leave (Get Out)" reaching ..1 on the Billboard Monitor Chart, she was also the youngest solo artist to receive a nomination for a MTV Video Music Award.
Ambitious and focused, JoJo expanded her theatrical talents to the big screen, where she spent much of 2005 filming two movies, "Aquamarine" and "RV", both of which hit theatres March/April 2006. Amongst it all, the driven star is currently in the studio recording her sophomore album with several acclaimed songwriters/producers, including Diane Warren (Christina Aguilera, N'Sync, Celine Dion), Jermaine Dupri (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson), and Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Whitney Houston). With powerful and highly anticipated music, the artistic entertainer is bound to take the world by storm.