90’s kids would remember the 13-year-old who sang the hit song “Leave (Get Out)” and more or less fell from the face of the music earth after that. Now 25 years old, Jojo is free from the binding contract with her former record label that kept her from releasing music to her fans.
The Singer had an exclusive interview with Vogue to talk about her upcoming album (which will be released in a month), what she wants from the album and maintaining her fan base even when she wasn’t releasing music.
On why she’s technically not making a comeback
“I do get a little bit annoyed sometimes, but then I shake it off because a lot of people haven’t been following my journey and that’s cool. Like you said though, I have been doing what I could do legally, so to call it a comeback is fine. It’s a comeback to the mainstream, I suppose, but for me, it’s just the next chapter. Every chapter’s going to look different, and this would be better than any other for me.”
On her album anxieties
“Honestly, I’m anxious. I would be lying if I said I was carefree. This means so much to me, and this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. The fact that I’ve been working on a third project for so long and that people are finally going to get to hear this one, I’m definitely feeling a lot of different feels. Mostly excitement. I just can’t wait for that moment when I get the feedback from my fans and they’ve made it a part of their lives.”
On her album expectations
“I want respect. I want my fans to be happy. I want them to feel like it was worth the wait. I want them to feel like these songs are what they can relate to, and what I try to do is replace my expectation with appreciation. Honestly, what I want to do is start the rest of my life, because I felt stagnant for so long. So with this album, what I wanted to do was have it be the starting point for the rest of my career, and I want it to build. Yes, I want to win the Grammys, I want to perform at the VMAs, at the Billboard Awards; I want it all. And this is just the beginning”
On maintaining her fan base
“It really blows my mind, though. I did not expect this type of support. I don’t take anything for granted because I didn’t expect it, you know what I mean? I consider myself a new artist in many ways. I’m kind of having to start over again, so the fact that there are people who show me all of this love and encouragement and come out to shows by the thousands . . . I mean, it really just touches me. It’s not something that I expect or think is due to me”
Listen to her new single Mad Love here
We really can’t wait for the album to debut. Mad Love is already playing on repeat