JoJo is a normal 11 year old boy with a compassionate heart. He has three other brothers all under the age of seven.
JoJo’s parents realized the only way to stay sane on long trips was to play the boys rap music. After a while that wasn’t enough so they started free style rap competitions in the car where the boys had to make up the words to the songs on the spot. This was challenging for the young boys, but it did the trick and filled the car with laughter instead of whining.
JoJo’s parents realized that JoJo (seven at the time) was quite good at rapping so they encouraged him. One day JoJo decided he wanted to be a rapper and with the help of his dad recorded his first rap song “Throw Ya Hands” using Garageband in their garage.
In April 2011, while he was seven years old JoJo completed the song. He decided to give it away to raise money to sponsor one child for one year through Compassion. He raised $1,400 within two weeks and was interviewed on Hope 103.2FM in the process. His sponsored child is Charles.
JoJo then went back to the garage to record his next song “Lift Your Praise” to raise more money. They also created a home made music video featuring JoJo’s brothers.
JoJo’s dad asked some friends to help with the next song “Oh Holy Night.” Even though it was only four weeks to Christmas the friends agreed and within two weeks they had recorded the new song “Oh Holy Night” and created a music video.
Angus Steventon produced the song, the chorus was sung by Sarah Otto and the music video was shot and directed by Raj Dhatt and Titus MacLaren. Everyone donated their time because they believed in the cause.
The song was released on the evening of Tuesday 13th December 2011. Within two days it had received over 1,400 views on YouTube and JoJo was interviewed on seven radio stations over the next seven days. He also performed live with Sarah Otto four times that weekend in a Christmas spectacular to over 2,400 people.
Not bad for an eight year old. It just goes to show, you are never too young or old to make a difference.
JoJo then went on over the next few years to develop his skills by performing at many events across NSW and QLD. He performed at Youth Alive events like Big Exo Day, schools, youth groups and many community events.
Along the way JoJo has released more music videos all focused on a theme to inspire young people:
You can find out additional information about JoJo Rock at www.JoJoRock.com/about
JoJo’s goal is to speak to 10,000 students this year to inspire 105 of them to each raise $200 each so as a group they can build seven classrooms in Uganda. You can find out more about how he is doing this at TheBigRevolution.org.
For any media enquiries you can contact JoJo’s dad using the contact us form at JoJoRock.com/contact
Below is a promotional video you can show before JoJo Rock attends your school, youth group or event.
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Find out more information about this song at http://www.jojorock.com/reach-for-the-stars/
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Below is a testimonial of the principal of a Warren Best, the Principle of Nambor Christian College, the school JoJo visited in the video above.
Recently JoJo Rock was a guest at our Middle School Chapel. The students loved his rap songs, his enthusiasm and his heart for the gospel. JoJo had a clear message aimed at inspiring young people to use their gifts and talents in service to others. JoJo focused, in particular, on his support for his Compassion sponsor child, Charles. The Middle Schoolers left Chapel not just entertained, but challenged by JoJo and his message.
Warren Best, Nambour Christian College