Sherrod first of all, for linking me to this mixtape. I always really liked Jojo and was bummed that her career never took off – though I'm pretty sure she has that very premature episode of "Cribs" to blame for that, in some small way. Looks like she is on the comeback trail; she was spotted front row at a handful of shows at NYFW and is causing a buzz on the blog circuit.
If this mixtape is any indication, 19 year old Jojo has certainly grown up since the days of "Baby It's You" and "Leave (Get Out)." Her voice is pretty incredible, at times recalling Christina Aguilera in her prime (circa "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants), and at others serving up a younger version of Jill Scott on songs like "All I Want Is Everything."
Here's a little refresher: Jojo then...
Jojo now... This song, "In The Dark" is pretty different from what we're hearing on the radio right now (I think), not to draw yet another "sounds like," but think 90s Madonna/Janet Jackson/drum machine goodness. I've been listening on repeat for at least 30 minutes by now...
And here's a link to download the mixtape. Though the songwriting leaves a little to be desired at times, the vocals more than make up for it. Enjoy!
Jojo - "Can't Take That Away From Me" Mixape
PS Let me know your thoughts if you do give it a listen!