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Joanna Noëlle Levesque (JoJO) was born December 20, 1990, also known by her stage name JoJo, is an American platinum-selling pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.
She rose to fame in 2004 with her platinum-certified, self-titled debut album JoJo which reached number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. JoJo has also begun a film career, starring in two 2006 Hollywood films: Aquamarine and RV. Her second album, The High Road, was released on October 17, 2006. In the summer of 2007, JoJo will be embarking on her The High Road Tour, in the U.S. and Europe.
JoJo was born in Brattleboro, Vermont and raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts. She has French, Polish, Irish and Native American ancestry. She grew up in a one-bedroom apartment on the outskirts of Boston, in a low-income family. Her father, Joel Levesque, is a blues singer and her mother, Diana Lynn Blagden, sang in a Catholic church choir and worked as a house cleaner. Her parents divorced when she was three, and she has since lived with her mother in New Jersey. Her father lives in New Hampshire.
During her earlier years, JoJo listened and learned as her mother practiced hymns. She started singing when she was two years old by imitating her mother, putting her own spin on everything from nursery rhymes to pop tunes. On the A&E's show Child Stars III: Teen Rockers, her mother claimed that JoJo had a borderline genius IQ. As a child, JoJo enjoyed attending Native American festivals and acted locally in professional theaters.
After auditioning for the television show Kids Say the Darndest Things: On the Road in Boston, JoJo was given a spot to perform on the show, singing Aretha Franklin's 1967 hit "Respect". Host Bill Cosby and the crowd at Faneuil Hall responded overwhelmingly to her performance. Soon after, The Oprah Winfrey Show contacted her, inviting her to perform. She also performed on Maury, on one of the frequent "kids-with-talent" episodes, as well as many others. Reminiscing, she has stated that "when it came to performing, I just had no fear". JoJo legally changed her last name from her mother's "Blagden" to her father's surname "Levesque".
JoJo's demo record.JoJo's stage name comes from a childhood nickname. After appearing on talk shows and gospel festivals and competing on the television show, America's Most Talented Kids, record producer Vincent Herbert contacted her and asked her to audition for Blackground Records. During her audition for Barry Hankerson, Hankerson told her that the spirit of his niece, the late singer Aaliyah, had brought her to him. She was signed to the label, and had recording sessions with famed producers like The Underdogs and Soulshock & Karlin.
JoJo's live demo, Joanna Levesque, recorded in 2001, features covers of several well-known soul/R&B songs, including Wilson Pickett's 1966 "Mustang Sally", Etta James's 1989 "It Ain't Always What You Do (It's Who You Let See You Do It)", Aretha Franklin's 1968 "Chain of Fools" and 1969 "The House That Jack Built", The Moonglows' 1956 "See Saw", Stevie Wonder's 1972 "Superstition", and The Temptations' 1975 "Shakey Ground". The demo is sometimes available on eBay.
JoJo's Platinum-certified debut single "Leave (Get Out)" was released in 2004. The track became an international hit, peaking at number twelve on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number two on the UK Singles Chart, and number two on the Australian Singles Chart. When the single hit number one on the Top 40 Mainstream, she became, at age thirteen, the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single in America and also the youngest nominee for a MTV Video Music Award ("Best New Artist" for "Leave (Get Out)", in 2004). Her debut album, the Platinum-selling JoJo, followed; it peaked at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number ten on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling about 107,000 copies and reaching the top forty of the UK Albums Chart. The album has sold a total of almost 1.5 million copies in the U.S. JoJo co-wrote two of the album's songs, as well as wrote and co-produced one full track. Her second single, the Gold-selling "Baby It's You" — which features rapper Bow Wow — peaked at number twenty-two in the U.S. and number eight in the UK.
The final single off the album, "Not That Kinda Girl", released in 2005, failed to make waves on the charts. The song hit number eight on the TRL daily countdown for one day but then fell from the charts, never to appear on the countdown again.
In 2004, JoJo participated in "Come Together Now", a charity single to benefit the victims of the 2004 Asian Tsunami and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. That year, she was personally requested by First Lady Laura Bush to perform at the 2004 Christmas in Washington special, broadcast by TNT and hosted by Dr. Phil and his wife Robin McGraw. Despite performing at other events for the Republican Party, she has stated that she does not "agree with the things that President George W. Bush has done in office. I'll leave it at that". JoJo has also hosted and performed at the Hope Rocks concert in 2005 to benefit City of Hope Cancer Center and co-hosted the 2006 TV Guide Channel's countdown to the Grammy Awards.
The High Road (2006)
JoJo's second album, The High Road, was released on October 17, 2006.
The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 behind Diddy's Press Play and Evanescence's The Open Door. It was produced by Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, Jonathan "J.R." Rotem, Corey Williams, and Ryan Leslie. It has received mainly positive reviews.
On March 16, The Second JammX Kids All Star Dance Special aired a new song by JoJo titled "Anything", which samples Toto's 1982 hit single "Africa". In the summer of 2006, the lead single from her second album, "Too Little Too Late", was released to radio stations. The single debuted at number ninety on the Billboard Hot 100 and, in its fifth week on the chart, lept from number sixty to number three. This song has been JoJo's most successful single in the U.S. so far. It also showcases that JoJo is capable of hitting notes in the whistle register. The October 27, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly refers to JoJo in the review for her latest album as "a vocal phenomenon, capable of Mariah Carey-style upper register flourishes". It has also reached number one on iTunes Top Songs after its release as a digital download on September 12, 2006. "Too Little Too Late" has been JoJo's most successful single in the U.S. so far. The album's second official single, "How to Touch a Girl", experienced less success. It charted just outside the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number seventy-six on the Billboard Pop 100. "Let It Rain" was released for airplay only. JoJo later stated on her MySpace that the third single would be "Anything". She has also stated that she will be touring in the summer of 2007 in the U.S. and Europe in support of The High Road.
Third album JoJo has stated that her third album will not be released until she turns eighteen because she wants fans to "see growth" in her music.
After appearing on the television series The Bernie Mac Show and American Dreams, JoJo was cast opposite Emma Roberts and Sara Paxton in Aquamarine, playing Hailey, one of two teenage girls who discover a mermaid. The film opened on March 3, 2006 and performed mediocre at the domestic box office, opening at number five with $7.5 million. Her next film, RV, a comedy starring Robin Williams, was released on April 28, 2006. It opened at number one and grossed $69.7 million. JoJo had to audition for the part five times, and eventually replaced an actress who had already been cast in the role.
JoJo had not had any professional acting training before being cast in the roles, but was given an acting coach on the set of Aquamarine. She will be billed as "Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque" in her film roles, but will still be credited as simply "JoJo" for her music work.
JoJo was offered the role of the title character of Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, but turned it down because of her hectic schedule.
JoJo's music will remain her main focus, as she has stated that she prefers singing to acting.
JoJo and her mother reside in New Jersey, and her recording studio is in Manhattan, New York City. JoJo, who has been tutored for the past three years, has stated that "school is definitely a big part of my life". She performs well academically, receiving marks in the As and Bs.
JoJo is a good friend of actress/singer Aly & AJ, Alexa Vega, Emma Roberts, and Sara Paxton.
She dated then-D.C. United and current Real Salt Lake soccer player Freddy Adu from May 14, 2005 to about October 2006. The two met on the MTV show Fake ID Club while she was hosting it. JoJo made an appearance in the commentary box at a New England Revolution home game when they were playing D.C. United. Adu registered an assist in that game. A The Washington Post article in November 2006 reported that the couple split after one year. JoJo mentioned on American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest that she and Adu were still good friends.
JoJo stated that she was single on the October 18, 2006 episode of Live with Regis and Kelly. She was also in the October 2006 issue of Teen People magazine confirming her breakup with Adu: "I'm single right now and it's good. I'm so young. I'm going to be 16 in December and I'm just so busy. It's hard if you also want to date someone who has a high-profile profession; we were just both consumed with our own world..."
JoJo Released: June 22, 2004
Chart positions: #4 U.S., #10 U.S. R&B, #22 UK, #86 AUS, #23 CAN
U.S. certification: Platinum
Canadian certification: Platinum
The High Road
Released: October 17, 2006
Chart positions: #3 U.S., #24 UK, #1 UK R&B, #12 CAN, #23 BRA
U.S. certification: Gold
Canadian certification: Gold
Year Single Album
2004 "Leave (Get Out)" JoJo
"Baby It's You" (featuring Bow Wow)
2005 "Not That Kinda Girl"
2006 "Too Little Too Late"
JoJo Casting Credits
RV (2006) .... Cassie Munro
... aka RV: Runaway Vacation (Australia) (UK)
... aka Chaoscamper RV, Die (Germany)
Aquamarine (2006) .... Hailey
Hope Rocks: The Concert with a Cause (2005) (TV) (as JoJo) .... Co-Host
"American Dreams" .... Young Linda Ronstadt (1 episode, 2004)
... aka Our Generation (Australia) (USA: working title)
- Tidings of Comfort and Joy (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Young Linda Ronstadt
"The Bernie Mac Show" .... Michelle (1 episode, 2002)
- Bernie Mac Dance Party (2002) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Michelle
Developing Sheldon (2002) (as JoJo) .... Young Elizabeth
"Destination Stardom" .... Contestant (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
... aka From Hawaii... Destination Stardom (USA)
- Episode #1.18 (2000) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Contestant
- Episode #1.12 (1999) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Contestant
2006 American Music Awards (2006) (TV) (as JoJo) .... Herself - Presenter
"The View" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Episode dated 7 November 2006 (2006) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"The Megan Mullally Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Episode #1.30 (2006) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Episode dated 25 October 2006 (2006) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
... aka Jay Leno (Australia)
- Episode dated 20 October 2006 (2006) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
... aka Live with Regis (USA: new title)
... aka Live with Regis & Kelly (USA: new title)
- Episode dated 18 October 2006 (2006) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
- Episode dated 19 July 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
A Capitol Fourth (2006) (TV) (as JoJo) .... Herself
The Second JammX Kids All Star Dance Special (2006) (TV) (as JoJo) .... Herself
The JammX Kids All Star Dance Special (2006) (TV) (as JoJo) .... Herself
"The Tyra Banks Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Secrets of Music Superstars (2006) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
JoJo: The Pop Princess (2006) (V) .... Herself
Robin Williams: A Family Affair (2006) (V) .... Herself
Barry Sonnenfeld: The Kosher Cowboy (2006) (V) .... Herself
"Skunked TV" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Swine Song (2005) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"The VIP" .... Herself - Musical Guest (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode #2.9 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself - Musical Guest
"Best Hit USA" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Episode dated 28 November 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"Top of the Pops Saturday" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
- Episode dated 6 November 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
- Episode dated 4 September 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"This Morning" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
... aka This Morning with Richard and Judy (UK: informal title)
- Episode dated 5 November 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"America's Most Talented Kid" .... Performer (1 episode, 2004)
... aka America's Most Talented Kids (USA: new title)
- Episode #1.3 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Performer
"The Tony Danza Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Episode #1.27 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"Total Request Live" .... Herself (4 episodes, 2004)
... aka TRL (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Total Request with Carson Daly (USA)
- Episode dated 10 October 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
- Episode dated 7 September 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
- Episode dated 1 March 2006 (????) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
- Episode dated 27 April 2006 (????) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
MTV Video Music Awards 2004 (2004) (TV) (as JoJo) .... Herself
The Teen Choice Awards 2004 (2004) (TV) (as JoJo) .... Herself
"G - giga.de" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
... aka Giga Green (Germany: new title)
... aka NBC Giga (Germany: promotional title)
- Episode dated 12 July 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Episode dated 29 January 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"Kids Say the Darndest Things" .... Herself (1 episode, 1998)
- Oatmeal (1998) TV Episode (as JoJo) .... Herself
"Video on Trial"
- Episode #2.5 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself - Accused