From the scenic hills of Clarendon parish in Jamaica hails the beautiful and talented singer-songwriterJoJo Mac -- aka BadSinger Girl. .
The very first day JoJo met the late and legendary Sir Clement "Coxone" Dodd, he was so impressed with her creativity and versatility he recorded the first of 20 songs she had written in the previous eight-month period. When Dodd passed before her 22-song album could be released, JoJo continued her career pursuit singing in night clubs and opening for major artists, sharing stages with icons like Beenie Man,Shabba Ranks and Marcia Griffiths. She was the only reggae artist to perform at the famed annual Philly Latin Festival, and opened for Cuba Gooding Sr of The Main Ingredient at The Savoy in New Jersey.
"JoJo is practically her own brand", says Roger Meltzer, Founding CEO and A&R director of Hartford, CT-based Capsicum Records. "She has hosted a cable television show in Washington, DC, Reggae On The Move, while simultaneously writing Issues of the Heart, an advice to the lovelorn column for the BaltimoreCaribbean Connection newspaper. Currently a resident of Philadelphia, she is a news correspondent for several U.S. and U.K. radio stations."
Voted the 2013 and 2015 Top Female Reggae Artist of the Year on the New York Foundation reggae charts, in 2015, JoJo also published her first novel, Secrets, Mixed Up Moods and Deadly Attitudes while writing songs for other artists; her I'm In Love duet with Chaka Demus hit #1 on the New York Foundation and #3 on the South Florida reggae charts. She returned to the performance stage in 2016 to tour with Grammy-winning Black Uhuru, and wrote Stronger, a collaboration with Ducky and Assasin (Agent Sasco, later included in Black Uhuru's 2019 Grammy-nominated As The World Turns album) before returning to her solo career. In 2017 she released Stormy Night and her own tribute to the late Sugar Minott on the Sweet Like Sugar album on the Musical Ambassador label. In October, 2017, JoJo hit the #2 and #4 spots on the iTunes All-Genre Chart in Trinidad and Tobago with major pop, r&b and rap stars like Jay Z, Beyonce, John Legend, Adele, and Rihanna all trailing behind. Later part of her Blueprint album released in December of that year, Stormy Night hit # 2, while Dread Out Deh held down the #4 spot.
"There is something special in her throaty voice, amazing range and emotional content. I know I'm dating myself, but she reminds me of a young Eartha Kitt. I'm delighted to welcome her to the growing throng of talented reggae and dancehall artists voicing singles for our now global indie. She drove up from Philly and expertly knocked out two songs in less than three hours, working smoothly with my co-producer/arranger and engineer Reality Weekes, Mind you, these were not her original songs, of which, to say the least, there is no shortage to record; these were two I penned with Hartford concert promoter icon/reggae artist Ardie 'Cuban Cohiba" Wallace who is familiar with her work and stage performances and was delighted to hear she would be doing them."
Dumb Luck is a fusion of dancehall and rock featuring the musical artistry of Philly guitarist Ron Gentile, a reminder about the somewhat forgotten necessity for safe sex.
"Teens today mistakenly believe AIDS has been conquered," says JoJo. "Few of them grasp the financial costs of treatment and no one really knows yet what the long-term side effects of the meds are. In 2016, Jamaica had1300 - 2200 new HIV infections and1000 - 1600 AIDS-related deaths, and 25 000 - 35 000 people living with HIV, among whom 29% - 41% were accessing antiretroviral therapy. While among pregnant women living with HIV, 90% - 95% were accessing treatment or prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV to their children, an estimated 100 children were newly infected with HIV due to mother-to-child transmission. Among people living with HIV, approximately 18% - 24% had suppressed viral loads. Since 2010, new HIV infections have decreased by 9% but AIDS-related deaths have increased by 1%."
Don't Cry is a fusion of dancehall, reggae and pop, a hysterical duet about a jilted woman's reaction in patois to the insensitive overtures of a wannabe playa and his dreadful timing. so soon after her heartbreak.
"Even if they ride off into the sunset together, it's very clear she's going nowhere until she tells him her tale of woe," says Meltzer; "but you'll have to wait for the video to see if he was listening."