Doors at 7:00pm
$20 Advance/$23 Day of show
$30 Reserved Pitside East/West seating
All ages show. Check entry requirements at http://theslowdown.com/All-Ages
AEG Live Presents:
JoJo is resilient. That's the message that comes through loud and clear when you listen to Mad Love., her debut album with Atlantic Records and her first LP in ten years. She's empowered. She's in control. And she's grown as hell. You can hear it in her Wiz Khalifa-assisted lead single, "Fuck Apologies." It's a powerful statement of intent that announces to the world that the singer-songwriter isn't going to let anyone make her feel small. "As a woman, I find myself apologizing for things that I really don't need to apologize for," JoJo says. "Even as simple as when someone bumps into you." She laughs. "Guess what? I'm not sorry you bumped into me. Overall, though, the song to me is an anthem of empowerment. It's about being confident and comfortable enough with who you are to live unapologetically." Themes of hard-won independence and strength are vividly realized on Mad Love., which swerves from slinky alt-R&B to exultant pop bangers and back again. It's no surprise, given that JoJo, now 25, had a heavy hand in writing the entire album after first attempting to cut tracks penned by outsiders.
"I was starting to lose myself in the process of being sent songs," she says. "But I stood up and remembered that I'm a songwriter, and I want to be heard." Truly finding her voice was a journey that's taken a lifetime. Born Joanna Levesque and raised in Massachusetts, she notched a #1 hit on the Billboard Pop Songs chart with her debut single, "Leave (Get Out)," when she was only 13; she was the youngest solo artist to have a #1 single in the U.S. She followed it up with a string of additional singles, most notably "Too Little Too Late," another Top 3 smash, and the hit album The High Road in 2006. "Being a child star is a weird thing because your identity is put onto you," she says. "As much of an individual as I was, I still had a lot of cooks in the kitchen telling me where to go and how to dress and what songs to record." It didn't help that she was trapped in a deal with a label that was defunct, which kept her from releasing music commercially. As the years passed, she earned a devoted following online releasing free mixtapes featuring tracks from top hitmakers like Boi-1da, Chad Hugo of the Neptunes and Da Internz. She collaborated, too, with the producer Noah "40" Shebib on her critically acclaimed single, "Demonstrate", and had guest features on Timbaland's Shock Value 2 and Pharrell Williams' Grammy-nominated album G I R L. She was finally liberated from her contract in 2013 after 2 lawsuits and seven years of limbo and signed anew with Atlantic.
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