JoJo Levesque came up on the scene in a big way— first in 2004 with the number-one single on the Billboard Pop song ‘Leave (Get Out)’ and then again with her extremely sweet film Aquamarine, starring alongside Emma Roberts. Her music was extremely popular with my generation and my peers definitely looked up to her as a role model.
JoJo’s new album, titled Jumping Trains, is extremely symbolic of her progression as both a person and an artist. Asked what was behind this natural metamorphosis, she said, “Moving from Boston to LA, transitioning from being a girl to being a young woman, living on my own, taking a different direction sonically and just really finding myself and just jumping into a new chapter of life” —hence Jumping Trains.
Not only is JoJo and actress and singer, but she has become part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, which is a movement against texting while driving. I have to admit that when I lived in Los Angeles, I would text while driving on occasion. But after talking with JoJo, I have yet to cross that line again! Did you know that texting while driving can be even more harmful than driving under the influence and those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash?! JoJo encourages her fans to take the pledge to not text and drive. I did it, can you?
I remember when JoJo came in to audition for a film at the casting office I worked at in LA about a year ago, I was so excited and I texted all my friends. I loved Aquamarine and her music, particularly her singles ‘Leave (Get Out)’ and ‘Too Little Too Late’, so when I found out I had the opportunity to interview her, I was thrilled!
When JoJo and I sat down, she told me all about her upcoming album Jumping Trains, her new single ‘Disaster’, her tour with Joe Jonas, her campaign against texting while driving and much, much more!
Could you tell me a little bit about your new single ‘Disaster’?
‘Disaster’ is a natural progression from where we left off with ‘Too Little Too Late’; it’s aggressive and its just one of those big pop songs that I love to sing. It’s a story that a lot of people can relate to.
Yay! I love that! That’s what music is for—telling boys how we feel!
How was tour last summer with Joe Jonas?
Oh, it was great! It was a wonderful experience. It was a place for me to test out some new material and to interact with the crowd. I got to get my feet wet with performing again. Joe and the whole Jonas family has been a friend for many years, so it great to be with him again.
Do you see yourself concentrating more on film or music for now?
Both are important to me and I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to do both, but as of now I am very focused [on my new album] Jumping Trains. Music is my first passion. You know, my first tattoo was a Treble Clef note on my marriage finger, symbolizing that I am fully committed to music. There is nothing else in the world that makes me feel that way. I really want to put all of my eggs in the music basket, but acting is a passion of mine, as well. So when the right project comes along, I would love to be involved.
That would be great! I love Aquamarine, as well, so I hope you do something like that again!
Can you tell me a little bit about your No Texting While Driving campaign?
It is encouraging people to take a pledge that they should not text while they drive. This was brought to my attention and when I heard the statistics, they were extremely staggering and so many people lose their lives while being distracted while driving. It seems like such a non-issue; I think a lot of people in our generation feel they are not going to be affected and I am not above that. I have thought ‘Oh, that is not going to happen to me.’ But it’s not going to happen to you until it happens to you, you know what I’m saying? So we’re trying to bring attention to this and have people take the pledge. What we are affirming is that there is no text worth injuring yourself or someone else over. There is no text worth that.
Yeah, definitely. I think that it is a great cause. It is really prevalent to our generation.
Yeah totally, you are so right. It is so prevalent and relevant to our generation because we are always on our devices, trying to check in to see what is going on. It was also really a lesson to me to live in the moment. You know what I mean? Enjoy the drive, listen to music, and go into a sanctuary where the outside forces and communication devices don’t come in. Make the phone calls or the texts when you arrive.
Is there anything else you would like your fans to know?
I am doing a lot of tour dates early this year. A good way to be up to date on that is to go to my twitter which @JoJoIsTheWay. I always keep that up to date and I look forward to seeing the fans there!
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