Born Joanna No?lle Blagden Levesque on December 20, 1990, JoJo was born in Brattleboro, Vermont and raised in Keene, New Hampshire and Foxborough, Massachusetts. JoJo began singing when she would listen to and imitate her mother, who sang in church. JoJo auditioned for and appeared on Bill Cosby’s Kids Say the Darndest Things (1998) and performed on air, impressing Cosby and the audience alike with her young talent. Soon The Oprah Winfrey Show contacted her to perform and she also performed on Maury.
JoJo released her debut single, "Leave (Get Out),” in 2004. The single reached number one on the Top 40 Mainstream and went platinum. At this point, JoJo became, at 13, the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single in America and the youngest MTV Video Music Award nominee. JoJo was nominated in 2004 for "Best New Artist.” She then released her first album, JoJo, which went platinum and peaked at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200.
JoJo released her second album, The High Road, on October 17, 2006. The album reached number three on the U.S. Billboard 200. In the summer of 2006, the lead single from the album, "Too Little Too Late", was released. The album's second single, "How to Touch a Girl", was less successful. It peaked at number seventy-six on the Billboard Pop 100. To date JoJo has sold more than ten million albums and singles worldwide. She continues to work on her third album, titled All I Want Is Everything, which is slated for release in 2009.
Jojo is also an accomplished actress. She has appeared on the television series The Bernie Mac Show (2002) and American Dreams (2004), and in the films Shark Tale (2004) and Aquamarine (2006), in which she plays the character Hailey, one of two teenage girls who discover a mermaid. In 2006, Jojo also starred in RV, a comedy starring Robin Williams.