JoJo JoJo -- birth name Joanna Levesque -- was born on December 20, 1990, in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Her father was a blues singer, while her mother, Diana, sang in a church choir. JoJo's parents divorced when she was 4 years old, and she lived with her mother, moving often. By the time of her parents' split, JoJo had already started singing nursery rhymes and pop songs.
When JoJo was 6, she tried out for and performed on Kids Say the Darndest Things, impressing host Bill Cosby with her rendition of "Respect." The exposure got JoJo additional appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Rosie O'Donnell Show; she went on to sing at a Celtics game and even at the Republican National Convention.
JoJo first made her mark as a child prodigy performing on such shows as Kids Say the Darndest Things, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and America's Most Talented Kids. Now she's turned into a teen sensation with the singles "Leave (Get Out)" and "Baby It's You," both from her debut album, JoJo.