JoJo Warms Up In “Five Minutes To The Stage”: Idolator Premiere

JoJo To The Stage!
This year is all about the grand return of Queen JoJo.

2014 kicked off to an incredible start for the young diva when she — at long last! — got to say Leave (Get Out) to her previous label and sign with Atlantic Records. Almost immediately, she set to work on that long, long, long awaited follow-up to 2006′s The High Road. (Most recently, was spotted hanging in the studio with the legendary Diane Warren.)

In the meantime, JoJo’s been creating her own buzz: In February, she supplied us with the smooth stylings of the free #LoveJo EP just in time for Valentine’s Day, headed down to perform at SXSW (one of our most anticipated acts, deservedly so) and, most recently, hit the stage at L.A.’s first-ever Broccoli Music Festival in May — and we’ve got a glimpse of what went down seconds before her show.

Five Minutes to the Stage is a backstage series that allows fans to get a fly-on-the-wall look at their favorite artist’s process behind-the-scenes, just moments before hitting the stage. Want to see how JoJo handles those pre-show jitters? Watch her warm up in the episode below.

The episode captures the incredibly talented songbird flawlessly running through the scales, getting her last-minute glam in order and working out her nervous energy with a little singing and dancing. While she warms up, Jo talks about what’s changed since her last major label effort at age 13 (hint: “mind, check/Body, check/My sensuality, check“) and the synergy she has with her band. “It’s rare to find that type of understanding where you can finish each other’s musical sentences,” she says of her guitarist, JinJoo.

And despite that unstoppable confidence onstage, JoJo reveals that she’s all butterflies before the stage: “I get hella nervous — I get wicked nervous,” she giggles at one point in true true Massachusetts girl fashion. But with the help of her talented friends and strength from spirituality, she’s got it covered.

Are you excited for the return of JoJo? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Dustin Atwood

    I can’t wait JoJo is a talented female singer, her records are awesome, I still jam to both of the CDs that she released, and am excited to see what a mature grown up JoJo sound sounds like.I think she can conquer this industry, and put the Beyonces and Rhihanna out to pasture where they belong, because she has the voice, charisma, never, and talent to go far.It is to sad that her prior label held her back so long, but now it is time to take the high road, and regain her rightful throne among musics best, cause that is where this young lady deserves to be.

  • Branco Menzel

    ;) it’s nice

  • Regis A. Feitosa

    Excellent singer with a beautiful voice, besides being beautiful. Thousand times better than the depraved Miley Cyrus.

  • Denver Broncos

    Joanne needs to go FTW (For the win) and make a daggum Dance CD! These boring R & B songs are getting her nowhere!

  • joanna noelle

    thanks guys i love you so much :)