5 Reasons Jojo Deserves More Recognition Today

5 Reasons Jojo Deserves More Recognition Today

R&B songstress JoJo is one special kind of talent.

With all these new young artists topping the Billboard chart, it is tough to tell who will truly keep that up in their career. I know that former teen idol, JoJo, deserves that type of success today. If you aren’t familiar with JoJo or feel too cool to remember her at all, her songs “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late” were top hits back in 2004 and 2006. JoJo also starred in the movies “Aquamarine” and “RV,” but her acting and music career actually started during her childhood. Unfortunately, JoJo has not been able to make the Billboard or Grammy’s after her breakout in mid-2000s, and this isn’t her fault.

Her former label Blackground Records would not let her release her third album after her successful album in 2006, “The High Road.” This basically caused the fallout of JoJo’s music career and eventually, fame. Being a strong, determined artist, JoJo sued Blackground Records and in 2015, launched three singles, “When Love Hurts,” “Say Love,” and “Save My Soul.” These songs sound more sophisticated than her R&B hits. I’ve been a fan of JoJo since her breakout, and it sort of disappoints me how she isn’t as praised today as she had been back then. She is mega talented, yet underrated. Here are some reasons why JoJo deserves more recognition:

1. She has a phenomenal singing voice.

Slay, girl, slay!

Sure, so do Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, and Katy Perry (though I disagree with this one since Perry kind of sucks live). But the difference? JoJo can out-sing those three, and possibly half the other young artists in the industry. Spanning a vocal range of four octaves with a whistle register (the bird-like high notes Mariah Carey is known to sing), JoJo’s mezzo-soprano voice hits very low notes and high notes with ease; the tone is soulful, powerful, and slightly raspy and edgy.

JoJo executes melisma (alternating notes in one song phrase) in her singing very well—basically a young Christina Aguilera. But JoJo’s soulful voice gives me goosebumps every time since she’s such a natural. She also has outstanding musicality, as she’s capable of covering songs from other artists effortlessly. Sometimes, her covers sound even better than the original, especially when she pours her heart and soul into the music. Check out JoJo’s cover of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” here.

JoJo shows Swifty what she’s got!

2. She is the youngest artist to have had a Number One song on Billboard.

If you actually do remember “Leave (Get Out),” this was the song that gave JoJo this reputation. What’s amazing, though is that JoJo was only 13 years old when this song released in 2004! Back then, I couldn’t even believe that that was her actual age when my sister got JoJo’s first album. JoJo was not just a child prodigy, but also a singer who always had a deep, true passion for music (and still does). She sings because music completes her, not because it’d make her famous. Most 13-year-olds girls would sit around and complain about boys or fashion, but JoJo had already started her career. How cool is that?

3. Her humble, down-to-earth personality

Many new artists immediately lose their sweet personalities once they become famous, as their lives often revolve around partying, drinking irresponsibly, and dodging paparazzi and fans who actually idolize them. But this isn’t the case with JoJo. She might perform like a diva, but she certainly doesn’t act like one. To top that off, tabloid mags and TMZ don’t even make up rumors/scandals about her, at least not one that blows up on the Internet. They don’t need to! JoJo loves her fans, and in her recent interviews, she is still kind and friendly as she was before. Such a class act.

4. Her songs speak to young women.

Powerful lyrics to her new song "Save My Soul."

While many of her songs follow a typical girl falling in and out of love, their true message is for a girl to stay strong and to take care of herself no matter how tough the romance situation is going for her. JoJo tells those jerky guys to never play a girl’s heart, especially when a girl truly loves them. JoJo’s lyrics are sassy, yet honest and genuine—just like JoJo herself. Her other songs like “Who’s Gonna Fight For Me?” and the new single “Save My Soul” express a young woman’s own struggle to grow up and have more self-control over temptations. JoJo makes women feel empowered and confident, but never to the point of cockiness.

5. She also acts (and is very good at it).

JoJo (left) with "Aquamarine" co-star Emma Roberts.

Sure, the movies JoJo starred in weren’t that great, but that doesn’t mean she lacked acting chops. With her outgoing personality and sassy music, JoJo does a great job of playing the spunky friend of a mermaid, Hailey, in “Aquamarine” and the whiny, boy-crazy teenage daughter, Cassie, in “RV.” JoJo’s acting never looks forced, and she seems to be a natural at it just like her singing. Is there anything JoJo can’t do?

A magnificent singer, a charming actress, and a down-to-earth individual—all the makings of the ideal American superstar. These describe JoJo, so bring her back to the charts!

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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