JoJo Takes Us Back To The Future With Vintage Re-Recordings

Christmas came early for pretty much every adolescent of the mid 2000s, when pop/R&B singer-songwriter Joanna “JoJo” Levesque celebrated her birthday on Friday 20th December by re-releasing her first two albums JoJo and The High Road – and to a vocal army of touched, nostalgic, and appreciative fans.

“Why?” is the obvious question. Well, the story behind it is quite remarkable and inspiring.

Most of us remember the young Bostonian singer’s big, attitude-filled arrival in 2004 with the hit “Leave (Get Out)”, which was followed up in 2006 by “Too Little Too Late” (both recorded when JoJo was just 12 and 14, respectively). But many don’t know that soon after those early successes, Levesque, now 28, began to experience many difficulties with her former label Blackground Records, which delayed the release of a third album, and kept her for over seven years in a recording contract with seemingly no way out.

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IN RETROSPECT: The Weepies – Hideaway

The Weepies are currently in the middle of a 10-year anniversary tour for their album Hideaway (2008), so I thought it would be apt to revisit one of the folk-pop duo’s best known projects and share some of my favourite picks from it!

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Photo credit: The Weepies

If you’re not familiar with The Weepies, they are an American band comprised of husband and wife musicians (how awesome!) Steve Tannen and Deb Talan. Yes, their names were already kismetically like that before they met. Even spookier is that the two were fans of each other’s music – again, before they’d even met. That obviously made it easier for them to eventually meet, which was at one of Tannen’s shows back in the early 2000s. They decided to join forces and if we fast-forward to today, they’ve released five studio albums (2015’s Sirens, the latest), got three kids, and as I mentioned before are now on this tour to celebrate 10 years since the release of Hideaway… I’m almost certain you’ve probably heard them on one of your favourite TV shows.

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