JoJo proves it’s never too little, too late to make a “comeback” a term I dread saying in a sentence with this talented powerhouse vocalist.
As part of her “I Am JoJo” club tour, the artist performed at Club Dada in Deep Ellum. An intimate venue holding around 300 people.
I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with JOJO before the show in which she told me about her new record, life back on tour and even took a few moments to sing me Happy Birthday.
Aaron Camper, a singer-songwriter from Maryland who’s toured with Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder, opened for JoJo. He was energetic and a joy to watch. To keep the audience guessing, Camper not only played some of his original songs, like “Hypnotizing,” but he also covered songs by popular artists like Drake, Taylor Swift and Wiz Khalifa.
Camper’s song mix was just as eclectic as the audience. Ages varied from a 6-year-old girl to 30-year-olds who were JoJo’s prime demographic during her pop culture peak at 13 in the early 2000’s. No matter their age or gender, every person in attendance was a die-hard JoJo fan.
JoJo, whose last album was released in 2006, has recently come back on the radar as she prepares to release her much-anticipated third album in 2016. No release date has been given for the album and neither has an official name. However, JoJo is making sure to give fans a little taste of what’s to come.
The re-emerging popstar made sure to play her old stuff opening with “Baby It’s You” and included other popular hits like “Breezy”, “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little, Too Late.”
She’s released three singles (Tringle) from her upcoming album, all of which she performed at her Dallas concert with every audience member singing along loudly. Something JoJo seamed overwhelmed and humbled by.
There is no doubt that JoJo has every ingredient in the recipe to become the voice of our generation. A voice that was kept quit for 6 years due to a muddy legal battle between the star and her previous record label who kept the singer idle while dealing with corporate financial issues.
The singer closed the show opening up about her personal struggles, saying she recently told a friend “I am weak, I am broken, I am depressed.” She said she’s realized how wrong those words were and inspired to write “I AM”; An unreleased power ballad on JoJo’s upcoming album. “I Am” sings as an inspirational pop ballad with lyrics like “I am worthy of love….am I strong enough…I am beautiful.” A message sure to make a powerful impact with its release in 2016.