Born Joanna Noëlle Levesque (on December 20, 1990), known professionally as JoJo is an American singer-songwriter who grew up on the outskirts of Boston, MA, She listened and learned as her mother practiced hymns. She started singing by imitating her mother, but quickly put her own spin on everything from nursery rhymes to pop tunes.
An ad in the paper announcing open auditions for the television show Kids Say the Darndest Things: On the Road in Boston lead to the young singer wowing the audience along with the show’s host, Bill Cosby, and eventually led to a phone call from Oprah Winfrey offering Jojo a spot on her show. Appearances on talk shows and gospel festivals followed, but it was her appearance on the television show America’s Most Talented Kids that brought the call from producer Vincent Herbert.
The former Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, and Destiny’s Child producer had the young singer signed to Blackground Records and arranged sessions with famed producers like the Underdogs and Soulshock & Karlin.
Her eponymous debut album followed in June 2004. Her debut single “Leave (Get Out)” became a smash hit in the summers of same year becoming a Top 20 hit in US and #2 in UK charts. She also received nomination at MTV Video Music Awards for “Best New Artist” at the age of 13 (the youngest contender ever in vma history to achieve that.)
Since that time, Jojo has added actress to her résumé, starring in the comedies Aquamarine and RV with Robin Williams. As well as “True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet.”
She released her sophomore effort, The High Road, in 2006 which featured the hit “Too Little Too Late” peaking at US #2 making her career’s highest charting single.
After legal label issues, the singer was hard at work for her third album to be released sometime in 2010, as she had recently did a concert in Manila as well as dueted with Timbaland for his new album for the song “Lose Control.”
In 2013, she managed to successfully get out of/be officially free from her legal battle with former record label, Blackground Records and later signed a deal with Epic Records to continue with her music career.
In 2015, she released an EP titled, #LoveJo2 then the following year, JoJo released her third official studio album Mad Love.