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Reach for the stars

December 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

I wanted to make a song which helps people go for their dreams. Sometimes the dream seems bigger than what you think you are capable of. I think you should set your goals as high as possible and even if you don’t make it all the way you can be surprised of what you are capable of.

Music

Lyrics – JoJo Rock and JoJo’s dad
Mixing and Mastering – Francis Le Vesta
Producer – Eurostarz
Vocals – Villainshero

Music Video

Director – Titus MacLaren
Director of Photography – Titus MacLaren, Brenton Smith
Camera Operators – Brenton Smith, Titus MacLaren
Editor – Titus MacLaren

I would like to thank the following people

Titus MacLaren

Thanks for the time, energy, skills and passion for this song. Without you this song would not be what it is. Thanks for believing in the lyrics and message of the song even when times got tough in the filming and song recording.

Brenton Smith

Thank you for your support over the last few years. It means a lot to have you on my team. Your film skills and friendship on the shoots has made each video awesome and also enjoyable to make

Lyrics

Chorus

If you reach for the stars
And you bring back the moon
Then you’re almost there
Then you’re almost there
So don’t give up

Verse 1

Let’s pretend that the world is great
And everybody gets along and there is no hate
And if you make a mistake you get a clean slate
Every child is born with an awesome fate
Now lets pretend we can recreate
The world back into it’s original state
No wars, no fears, nobodies irate
And kids aren’t forced to work when they just turned eight
Oh yeah, forget child poverty
Children living lives to the contrary
Kids are living free, they’re standing up tall
Big smiles on their faces just to top it all off
And let’s pretend that this stories true
That what I just said, we can surely do
If we reach for the stars but don’t get through
We’re still changing a life if we’re touchin the moon

Chorus
Verse 2

Okay, let’s pretend that you’ve got this dream
And everybody tells you it’s too extreme
They pull you down, and make you want a scream
But instead you focus like a laser beam
Now let’s pretend that you just can’t fail
Your success will be measured on the Richter scale
You think huge like a hump back whale
So your dream is as certain as the daily mail
Now let’s pretend that you reached your goal
And you think about doing something bigger and bold
Not everything you do is going to turn to gold
But a worthy goal is worth your heart and soul
Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day
And just say you only make it halfway
But the change you make just might save the day
For someone in need so don’t back away

Chorus
Breakdown

Don’t give up, never give up
Don’t back up, never back up, never, never back up
You gotta tear it up, you gotta burn it up now
Did you know if you reach for the stars you just might touch the planet mars

Chorus

About Reach for the Stars

I have been presenting and performing for school students across Australia over the last year on my “Rise Up and Make a Difference” tour. My main message is to see your youth as an advantage. See it as a strength and make a difference while you are young.

Recently, I have finished each presentation with this song “Reach for the Stars.” It helps the students realise that although their dreams may seem too big to achieve at this age, they should try anyway, because even if they only make it half way, they are still making a difference.

I hope you all enjoy the song and the message.

JoJo Rock Speaks to High School Students

September 10, 2013 | By | No Comments

I have just finished the 2013 I.AM.LEGACY Tour with The Commission for the second year in a row. I had a great time opening the show for my friends and enjoyed spreading the message of Compassion.

One of the highlights of the tour was a school I visited on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. They were very responsive and gave me the loudest “OH YEAH” of any audience during my song “Lift Your Praise.”

The performance was recorded and I have created a video of the highlights of my presentation to the students. It goes for about 10 minutes, but I encourage you to watch it all through.

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16 Mar

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The Story behind JoJo Rock’s version of Amazing Grace

March 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

JoJo Rock and Ozzy from The Sowers Group believe in child sponsorship through Compassion. As a sponsor to his Compassion child Charles who lives in Uganda, JoJo has seen significant changes in Charle’s life. Through their exchange of letters, JoJo has seen the benefits afforded to Charles by his monthly contribution.

JoJo’s support doesn’t only help Charles physically with food, education and spiritual guidance, JoJo and Charles are also building a strong bond with Charles expressing in his latest letter, “I do not regret being born on this earth, because I know see a future.”

Ozzy on the other hand was in Charles position over 20 years ago. When his dad died at a young age, Ozzy’s mum was left uneducated with 8 children and little opportunity to earn an income. Life was difficult in The Congo and the family struggled. Read More

16 Mar

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Amazing Grace (feat. Ozzy from The Sowers Group)

March 16, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Ozzy from The Sowers Group sings on this track with me. This is our African/Hip Hop version of the classic song Amazing Grace.

Ozzy grew up in The Congo Africa. His father died when he was a child his mother was left uneducated with 8 children and little hope of earning an income.

Ozzy was then sponsored through Compassion. He shared his sponsorship with his brother Mike and friend Kosto who are also members of The Sowers Group. They shared the uniform, separated books into individual papers and took turns going to school. Read More

Awesome Collage from my Facebook friend Liza

January 28, 2013 | By | One Comment

Over the past year I have had many people support my cause and my music. At times they have done something just for me.  Liza, one of my Facebook friends from Russia has created a collage of some of my photos. I can see she has put a lot of effort into this collage, and the care and time means a lot to me.

Thanks Liza, you are awesome. You have made my week!

10 Dec

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You Are The Reason – Tribute to JoJo Rock’s 3rd Grade Teacher

December 10, 2012 | By | No Comments

I have been blessed with 3 teachers over the last 5 years that have had a huge impact on my life. They inspired me, taught me, guided me, believed in me and gone beyond the call to support me in my music.

They are Mrs Sadsad, my kindergarten teacher, Mr Harmony my grade 2 teacher and finally Mrs Boyd my current grade 3 teacher.

A few months ago I heard that Mrs Boyd was to leave before the end of the school year to have her first baby. I was happy for her, but very sad I would not get to end the year with the “best teacher in the world.”

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12 Oct

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JoJo Rock Live at Big Exo Day 2012 – BIG

October 12, 2012 | By | No Comments

JoJo Rock performs his latest song BIG at Big Exo Day 2012 in Sydney on September 15th.

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12 Oct

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JoJo Rock Live at Big Exo Day 2012 – Lift Your Praise

October 12, 2012 | By | No Comments

JoJo performed at the 2012 Big Exo Day in Sydney on Setpember 15th. He sang his song Lift Your Praise to the a huge crowd. Listen till the very end to hear JoJo talk about why he raps and his cause.

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16 Sep

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JoJo performs at the Compassion Youth Summit

September 16, 2012 | By | No Comments

JoJo was asked to perform at the Compassion Youth Strategy Summit in July. He performed his soon to be released song BIG for the delegates, to show them what one young person is doing to change their world.

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14 Sep

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BIG

September 14, 2012 | By | No Comments

In JoJo’s new song BIG he talks about how age doesn’t matter if you want to make a difference in peoples lives.

He describes how he has changed the life of his sponsor child Charles from Africa whom he sponsors through his music.

This song is JoJo’s anthem to a generation of young people who want to live for something greater than themselves.

JoJo Rock records these songs to raise money to sponsor kids through Compassion.

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