JoJo Worthington

JoJo Worthington

 Waterloo, Ontario, CAN
SoloFolkExperimental

Winner of the 2016 Independent Music Awards contemporary Christian song category, 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition, 2014 Toronto IMAs Best Song, and over a dozen global songwriting competitions, JoJo Worthington is an experimental-folk artist from Waterloo ON, known for her avid + ethereal songwriting on the ukulele.

"A victorious Canadian songstress” – Variety Magazine, June 2015"
"...It’s clear that [she] is the most talented student in the new class." Half-Life Music, 2016"

Biography

JoJo Worthington's vocalizations, ingenuity with looping techniques, and completely refreshing take on the ukulele are all pushing this Canadian experimental-folk musician to create some of the most forward-thinking folk music of her generation. 

A soft, solitary tour-de-force, she creates haunting choral loops, orchestral ukulele riffs, and striking spacey vocals, drawing the onlookers in, slowly and with complete control. With a nod to influences of the present- St. Vincent, Björk, Alt-J, S. Carey, and others- Worthington finds a beautiful, swelling sound completely her own; a rare find in the sea of ukulele-based music.

Worthington's latest work, "\\ (Two Lines)" , named one of the top Canadian albums for 2016 (http://ridethetempo.com/2017/01/15/ride-tempos-top-canadian-albums-2016/), is a surge into a new territory alongside Epoch producer, Connory Ballantyne and engineer, William Crann. It is at once enchanting, transporting, and full of such wonder.  Ukulele dances playfully alongside a grave, foreboding cello and the bluster of stormy brass as if there is nothing to fear in the darkness of their shadow. The ambiguous beauty of Worthington's rural Canadian homeland, with its contrasting harsh peaks and luscious greenery, is embodied there in every note. 

With every song being a perfect gem the only complaint is that the album isn’t long enough” – Mark Anthony Brennan, RidetheTempo.

"Whether or not you believe in a divine architect, there’s a sublime spiritual presence in JoJo Worthington's album ‘\ \’, which will move the hardest of hearts." - Trevor Elkin, GoldFlakePaint.

"...It’s clear that JoJo Worthington is the most talented student in the new class." - Half-Life Music. 

"'Two Lines' is a work of catharsis. It’s at once sweeping and grand and extremely intimate."  MT, Gray Owl 

“Worthington’s voice is indelible, now familiar to the listener and reassuring to his/her ears, it guides the head through all encompassing instrumental swells and strong group vocals to a soft conclusion.”- The Scene Magazine.

“A victorious Canadian songstress” – Variety Magazine

KEY ACCOLADES!

Sep 2017 - Winner (Silver), emerging artist and experimental folk categories, Global Music Awards

May 2017 - Honorable Mention, inspirational category, Canadian Songwriting Competition

Feb 2017 - Finalist, Open Category, 13th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA)

Nov 2016 - Winner, Contemporary Christian/Gospel category - 15th Independent Music Awards

Sep 2016 - Honorable Mention (Top 10) - 3rd 2016 World Wide Music Contest

Jul 2016 - Finalist, Folk Category - 2016 American Songwriting Awards

Apr 2016 - Signed Administration deal  with Universal Musc Publishing Group (UMPG)

Jan 2016 - "Amadeus" featured in TV show DeGrassi: Next Class

Nov 2015 - Finalist, Gospel Category - 20th USA Songwriting Competition

Aug 2015 - 1st prize Other Sounds category, World Wide Music Contest

May 2015 - Grand Prize Winner, Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition

Apr 2015 - Artist of the Year & Songwriting Award, Year 2, MIA Program, Fanshawe College

Feb 2015 - Winner, Open Category in 11th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA)

Sept 2014 - Best Folk/Best Song at 2014 Toronto Independent Music Awards

May 2014 - BarrieFolk Society Youth Songwriters' Showcase

Apr 2014 - Mariposa Folk Festival Showcase (out of 75 applicants)

Apr 2014 - Songwriting Award, Year 1, Music Industry Arts Program, Fanshawe College, London, ON


Lyrics

The Girl

Written By: JoJo Worthington

The Girl
Music & Lyrics by JoJo Worthington

Starry-eyed and terrified,
I try to catch the Girl
Gentle, kind, childish-figure Girl.
She’s everything I want to be
I want to be like her
Gentle, kind, childish-figure Girl.

I don’t want to grow up anymore
I want to stay my age
I want to not grow old.
I don’t want to grow up anymore
I want to be myself
I want to be someone else.

I want to be myself
I want to be someone else
I want to be myself
I want to be someone else

I want to be like
The Girl, Girl
I want to be like
The Girl, Girl

Pale stare and long blonde hair,
She dances down the beach
Perfectly, childish-figure Girl.
This vision I’ve affixed of her is simply out of blue
The obsession with the childish-figure Girl.

I don’t want to grow up anymore
It just seems unfair
Why should I have to bear this?
I don’t want to grow up anymore
Have to learn, have to break
Have to learn from my mistakes.

Have to learn, have to break
Have to learn from my mistakes
Have to learn, have to break
Have to learn from my mistakes

I want to be like
The Girl, Girl
I want to be like
The Girl, Girl

Abraham

Written By: JoJo Worthington

ABRAHAM
Words and Music by JoJo Worthington
(c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

Abraham went to Canaan
Saw his life pass him by
Went along to meet Satan
Here comes a friend of mine

Discography

2016 - \\ (Two Lines) (Abraham, Cold War, Two Lines, Inveterate, Mid-Youth Crisis, Sojourner, Alien, Trinity Father, Sans)

2015 - 7 (The Girl, Werewolf, I'm Home, Boo Radley, Hearts, The Gardener, Roots, Amadeus, Little Minstrel, Pool of Bethesda, Adam (instrumental))

2013 - O Yuletide - A Christmas Collection (Winter Wonderland, I'll Be Home for Christmas; Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas)