JoJo sits down for her interview at the AOL Build Series in New York City on Tuesday afternoon (January 26).
The 25-year-old “When Love Hurts” singer opened up about her upcoming album, singing and more at the event.
Later on, JoJo stopped by HuffPo Live where she talked about the bad contract she was in with her former record label.
“I was in a bad contract, and the label I was with didn’t have distribution and I wasn’t able to release anything. I didn’t own my voice. So I was stuck in a situation where I just felt like my hands were tied, and they were,” she shared.
JoJo added, “My mom was managing me, and we’re from a small town in Massachusetts. She was cleaning houses before she was managing me. We just didn’t know what we were getting into, so it’s natural that you might be in a situation over your head.”
The 25-year-old “When Love Hurts” singer shared the new cover and interview with her fans on Instagram, before opening up about how she stayed grounded while navigating the music business.
“I really attribute that to my New England upbringing, to be totally honest. I come from a blue-collar background. We don’t f*** around. I didn’t have a nice cushion to fall back on, and I take this very seriously,” she shared. “If I f*** up, it’s my fault. And my family’s going to be embarrassed.”
JoJo added, “So have I gone off and done things they wouldn’t be thrilled with? Absolutely. But I think there’s a way to keep that to yourself and not broadcast it. I was never the one falling out of cars at clubs or advertising that I was high.”
JoJo walks in the desert in dusk in the brand new music video for “Save My Soul”.
“‘Save My Soul’ is about addiction. Of all kinds. I wanted to convey the feeling of powerlessness I’ve felt in my life in an uncomplicated way and show a range of what it might look like for others who’ve been there. Working with one of my best friends, Zelda Williams (director of SMS), was a highlight of my 2015. We’d been talking about working together for like 10 years! Because of the content of the song and the way it touched us both, “Save My Soul” felt like the natural place for us to finally collaborate,” the 25-year-old musician wrote with the video.
JoJo added, “A group of us young, crazy, creatives drove out to the magical desert of Joshua Tree and got naked – most of us emotionally, and a few literally. It was a safe space to be vulnerable and free from judgment and the need to be/ look/ act “perfect”. Everyone who participated connected to the song and brought their truth to the table.”
“We filmed this video about a month before my father lost his decades long battle with addiction. His death honestly felt like it came out of nowhere…and yet I had been mourning him for years…if that makes any sense. I know all too well from seeing it around me that the fight is not easy. It’s every day. All consuming. I’m not mad at my dad. I love him and I’m sad. He is my greatest heartbreak. This song, which had always been personal to me, takes on even deeper meaning now. ‘I try to run but it hurts every time I try… Lord I try and I can’t say no.’ Makes me think of the universal struggle of seeking victory over the feeling of powerlessness to a situation, a lover, a drug.”
“Losing my father at the end of last year and knowing the propensity for addiction of all kinds that runs deep in my blood from both sides makes it next-level important for me to LIVE – not just be alive, but THRIVE in his honor. I can do this. And so can you. If you’re struggling, believe the only way OUT is THROUGH. Keep going. Love, Jo.”
“P.S. Thank you to the beautiful crazies who dedicated their time and energy to come together and make this video possible. It wouldn’t have happened without you.”
JoJo is dishing the goods on her comeback in this new interview.
The 25-year-old singer opened up to The Four Oh Five about her new music, taking a week of silence, and more. Check it:
On who she is right now: I’m emo. I think I’m a little bit more confident and raw. There wasn’t really anything holding me back as a teenager, except for my age. I was scared to say certain things. But I’ve always been a little bit rough around the edges and that comes out a bit more as I get older. I think the evolution is just natural. I’m singing about things that are real to me. Love and sex are a part of my life and struggle and triumph and friendships and self-love and a lack of it. I’m just kind of finding myself.
On traveling for inspiration: Sweden is where incredible music comes from. It has since ABBA days, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys. It’s been an amazing factory. All the way up to Robyn and Lykke Li, who I just found out is from Sweden. There’s an amazing pulse musically there and I heard some work from a production team called The Family and ended up going there and ‘Save My Soul’ came from that. We wrote some other songs and then I went from London from there and worked on that. I love soaking up the vibe of the city. That’s why I’m bummed I’m only here for a few hours, because there’s such energy and it’s different. It’s nice to have a change of pace.
On her week of silence: I understand the discipline of what being a female artist takes now. To be doing a show every night and to show my stomach. I’m in the gym every day now because I want to be strong and I want to feel confident. I’m taking care of my voice in a different way. I’m making sure I’m getting the right amount of sleep as well as having fun and being young and exploring and being with my friends. But the first week of January, I’m taking a week of silence. I’m going completely silent and I’m not speaking at all. I’m doing it for my voice and my mind, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m kind of scared to be alone by myself but I think some important stuff is going to come up. Time alone is essential.
JoJo gets a little cheeky with her round rimmed glasses during a visit to 97.3 The Hits radio station on Wednesday afternoon (December 9) in Hollywood, Fla.
The 24-year-old “Save My Soul” singer also stopped by Miami’s Y100 station, where she performed an acoustic session and met with young fans.
“I can’t imagine being a completely new artist, trying to break onto the scene now,” JoJo recently shared with The Detroit News ahead of her concert in the city next week.
She added, “There is a lot of competition coming from all angles, and there’s no one way to get to that result of success. It’s a challenge to not compare yourself to other things that you see and to just keep your blinders on, to keep to your own story without ever looking to the left or right.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to JoJo and her family during this difficult time.
The 24-year-old singer just shared an old picture of herself with her dad, Joel, who sadly passed away today on Instagram.
JoJo captioned with the image, “I missed you even while you were here. I will miss you infinitely more now that you’re gone. Thank you for holding on as long as you did. I know you tried your best. You are free now. I will love you always, Dad. I can feel you with me. Rest now. In PEACE. I miss your voice. I wish more people could have heard it. I promise I will keep singing for you.
“Joel Maurice Levesque. January 8, 1955- November 14, 2015,” she added.