JoJo “Mad Love Tour” with Special Guest: Stanaj Presented by 106.1 BLI

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

ARTIST BIO

JoJo is resilient. That’s the message that comes through loud and clear when you listen to Mad Love., her debut album with Atlantic Records and her first LP in ten years. She’s empowered. She’s in control. And she’s grown as hell. You can hear it in her Wiz Khalifa-assisted lead single, “Fuck Apologies.” It’s a powerful statement of intent that announces to the world that the singer-songwriter isn’t going to let anyone make her feel small. “As a woman, I find myself apologizing for things that I really don’t need to apologize for,” JoJo says. “Even as simple as when someone bumps into you.” She laughs. “Guess what? I’m not sorry you bumped into me. Overall, though, the song to me is an anthem of empowerment. It’s about being confident and comfortable enough with who you are to live unapologetically.” Themes of hard-won independence and strength are vividly realized on Mad Love, which swerves from slinky alt-R&B to exultant pop bangers and back again. It’s no surprise, given that JoJo, now 25, had a heavy hand in writing the entire album after first attempting to cut tracks penned by outsiders. “I was starting to lose myself in the process of being sent songs,” she says. “But I stood up and remembered that I’m a songwriter, and I want to be heard.” Born Joanna Levesque and raised in Massachusetts, she notched a #1 hit on the Billboard Pop Songs chart with her debut single, “Leave (Get Out),” when she was only 13; she was the youngest solo artist to have a #1 single in the U.S. She followed it up with a string of additional singles, most notably “Too Little Too Late,” another Top 3 smash, and the hit album The High Road in 2006. She called the album Mad Love. because it’s the first thing that feels like it’s 100% her voice. “This album is passionate, crazy, vulnerable and all about the thing that keeps us going—love,” she says. “It’s inspired by the music I grew up listening to—and like my generation, refuses to be put in a box. I tried so many things along the way, but I realized I needed to be true to myself and do this on my own terms.”

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