JoJo Worthington
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JoJo Worthington

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE | AFM

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

Calendar

Jun
22
JoJo Worthington @ Burdock

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

May
11
JoJo Worthington @ The Drake Underground

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

May
09
JoJo Worthington @ Rum Runners

London, Ontario, Canada

London, Ontario, Canada

Mar
29
JoJo Worthington @ Grad House

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Mar
15
JoJo Worthington @ Fanshawe College

London, Ontario, Canada

London, Ontario, Canada

Mar
08
JoJo Worthington @ VRcadia

London, Ontario, Canada

London, Ontario, Canada

Mar
01
JoJo Worthington @ Maxwell's Concerts and Events

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Feb
23
JoJo Worthington @ Kitchener City Hall

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Feb
22
JoJo Worthington @ Bohemia

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Feb
16
JoJo Worthington @ Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Feb
15
JoJo Worthington @ Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Feb
14
JoJo Worthington @ Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Feb
13
JoJo Worthington @ Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Feb
09
JoJo Worthington @ The Foxx Lounge

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Feb
01
JoJo Worthington @ The Registry Theatre

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Jan
19
JoJo Worthington @ The Drake Underground

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jan
18
JoJo Worthington @ The Drake Underground

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dec
29
JoJo Worthington @ Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Dec
22
JoJo Worthington @ Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Dec
15
JoJo Worthington @ Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Dec
08
JoJo Worthington @ Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Nov
21
JoJo Worthington @ Velvet Underground

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nov
20
JoJo Worthington @ Théâtre Fairmount

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Nov
18
JoJo Worthington @ Club social Le Scaphandre - The Diving Bell Social Club

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Nov
15
JoJo Worthington @ The Blacksheep Inn

Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

Oct
21
JoJo Worthington @ Brixton Social

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Music

Press


Top Canadian albums of 2016:
JoJo Worthington //
“With every song being a perfect gem the only complaint is that the album isn’t long enough” – Mark Anthony Brennan - Ride the Tempo


by Laura Stanley and Michael Thomas

JoJo Worthington – \\

\\ or “Two Lines” is a work of catharsis. It’s at once sweeping and grand and extremely intimate. One of the latest release from Epoch Tapes, just like the label it is a thing of immense beauty. JoJo Worthington employs ukulele and synthesizer as her two primary weapons, sometimes building up experimental walls like in “Sojourner” while at other times allowing listeners a peek into her mind with songs like “Trinity, Father.” Either way, the result is stunning. Behold the shapeshifting wonder of “Abraham” before being knocked off your feet by “Cold War,” which takes advantage of the “cheery” sound of the ukulele to make for a jarring song about the end of the world and wasting away. Listen multiple times to get more and more glimpses into her crystalline world. – MT

Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good) + *swoop* - Grayowlpoint.com


...it’s a thing of rare beauty... It’s clear that JoJo Worthington is the most talented student in the new class. - half-lifemusic.com


Whether or not you believe in a divine architect, there’s a sublime spiritual presence in JoJo Worthington’s album ‘\ \’ (Two Lines), which will move the hardest of hearts.

The ambiguous beauty of her rural Canadian homeland, with its contrasting harsh peaks and luscious greenery is embodied here in each track. 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. Worthington’s voice is strong and nimble, treading softly at first through the title song then bounding the rougher, rockier edge to the summit with determination. - GoldFlakePaint.com


Waterloo's JoJo Worthington takes a huge step forward with her latest album, // (aka Two Lines). She takes her fabulous ukulele-based folk and brings it to incredible, atmospheric heights.

Moody and masterful, the recording is a stirring collection of sparse, melodic wonders. Her voice emanates emotion and power - almost as if it's just a second away from the breaking point. Creative, sometimes spiritual lyrics also enhance the ethereal feel of the project. - Blues Hamilton Blogspot


Canadian artist JoJo Worthington has won the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition, co-presented by the SHOF and Universal Music Publishing Group. Conceived "by songwriters, for songwriters," the competition's grand prize includes the "opportunity" for the winner to secure an exclusive publishing contract with UMPG, as well as a new guitar and tickets to the SHOF induction ceremony.

"I am full of joy and honored to be the recipient of this award," said Worthington. "I am jubilantly anxious to see what will come of this juncture and the connections that are to be made." - Billboard.com


The Songwriters Hall Of Fame (SHOF) and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) have announced Canadian songwriter JoJo Worthington as the Grand Prize Winner in the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition. - Songwriters Hall of Fame


New York, NY (June 1, 2015) - The Songwriters Hall Of Fame (SHOF) and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) have announced Canadian songwriter JoJo Worthington as the Grand Prize Winner in the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition. ..

"We at Universal Music Publishing are extremely proud to have been part of the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition. Songwriters Hall of Fame President & CEO, Linda Moran, and her team have done an amazing job setting the path to help discover and enable new and talented songwriters who are looking for their first big break," said Evan Lamberg, President, North America, Universal Music Publishing Group. "We are honored to have found the uniquely and extremely talented songwriter- artist JoJo Worthington as the Grand Prize winner and we really look forward to working with her and progressing her career."

"I am full of joy and honored to be the recipient of this award," said JoJo Worthington. "I am jubilantly anxious to see what will come of this juncture and the connections that are to be made." - Universal Music Publishing Group


"This year, the hall also sponsored its inaugural songwriting contest, with victorious Canadian songsmith JoJo Worthington winning a contract with Universal Music Publishing Group." - variety.com


All of the above has set the stage rather nicely for the release of \\ (pronounced “Two Lines”), an album she shares documents the formation of relationships and encounters in our lives that appear to be parallel, but don’t actually touch or intersect with one another. - The Times and Transcript


JoJo Worthington of Canada wins 1st prize in the Other Sounds category with her song Boo Radley! - World Wide Music Contest


JoJo Worthington's album "7" gets Akademia Executive Pick and wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album for May 2015!

And Amadeus wins Best Music Video for May 2015!
http://www.theakademia.com/may2015_bestmusicvideo_singersongwriter.html - www.akademia.com


"beautiful" ... "Indelible"... - The Scene Magazine


The last time LGM talked to JoJo Worthington, she was in the process of writing and recording a new CD - see the interview here http://www.londongroovemachine.com/2014/03/19/lgm-spotlight-jojo-worthington/
A little less than a year later, the CD, titled 7, is out and getting great reviews. With summer approaching, LGM’s favourite ukulele specialist is getting ready for a busy season of touring and playing festivals to support the record.

But that’s not enough for JoJo.

As she revealed in the following interview, she’s also working with a new dark folk band called Komorebi. They’re working on a record too, so there’s going to be even more new stuff for JoJo fans to check out over the next little while.

For now, though, it’s all about 7, which is a really great little record. JoJo took a few minutes to tell us a bit about it and where she goes from here. You can see her live at the London Music Club on Saturday night with The Breath and the Bellows and Say Hello. - London Groove Machine


Reaney's Pick
London club solo shows in March by alternative folk artist JoJo Worthington...Fanshawe music industry arts (MIA) student JoJo Worthington is heard singing Werewolf, thes econd track from her fine new album 7. - London Free Press


JoJo Worthington wins Open Category with her song Hearts in the 11th Annual IAMAs. - 11th Annual IAMAs


No stranger to the stage, or The Deli, Jojo Worthington is a dynamic delight; a breath of fresh air in the ever-saturated AltFolk scene. This little lady is gearing up to let the world witness her enchanting creations, with the release of her full-length album “7”. If you haven’t already gotten the chance, listen to “Amadeus”; it’s an upbeat treat not to pass over. The song relies on simplicity; from the straightforward ukulele rhythm you hear at the start, to the way Jojo's candy sweet voice floats over the entire song. She stays true to her witty songwriting roots with this one; the lyrics are both intriguing and ironically humorous, at one point, amusingly boasting "The headlines scream the death of Amadeus" after almost-regretfully reminiscing about a better time. Her music remains consistent; bouncy and catchy as she positively succeeds in keeping you hooked until the last note! “Amadeus” will be stuck in your head, leaving you singing the memorable chorus and title for days. This quirky, pink-haired darling is "drooling with excitement" to share with you all! Over the next few days she'll be embarking on a four-city CD release tour. You can grab a copy of "7" and watch her perform Jan16 @ Homegrown Hamilton and Jan 18 @ The Smiling Buddha. -Courtney Chalapenko - The Deli Magazine


JoJo Worthington wins Best Folk and top prize of Best Song at the 2014 Toronto Independent Music Awards with her song "Amadeus"! - Http://a journalofmusicalthings.com


Check out JoJo Worthington! What a delight!!! This alt-folk ukulele pink princess will stop you in your tracks with her angelic vocals and divine stage presence. - The Deli Magazine


Gospel Category
HEARTS by JoJo Worthington - 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition


July 31, 2014

Screen Shot is a special promotion that was held from May 12-23 and is geared toward the placement of music in film, TV, advertising, and video games. It is completely separate from the regular finalists in Unsigned Only. The following finalists will have their songs made available to Unsigned Only's list of industry contacts who specialize in music supervision and song placement. One artist will be selected from these finalists as the Screen Shot winner.

In addition to a cash prize of $1,000 courtesy of Radio Airplay and additional promotion, the winner will have the opportunity to network one-on-one with a minimum of five Screen Shot advisors. The advisors include: Alec Sharpe (Shine America); Ani Johnson (Monomyth Media); Chip Miller (Desert C.A.M. Studios, Inc., Winmill Films LLC); Cindy Badell-Slaughter (Heavy Hitters Music Group); David Weiss (The SongHunters); Evan Stein (Experience Music Group); Jamie Sparks (Kicksta Music Group); Jennifer Taunton (Level Two Music); Jessica Cole(Lyric House); Karyn Rachtman (Mind Your Music); Linnette Harrigan (Linnette Harrigan Media); Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Pat Weaver (Discovery Network); Rebecca Rienks (E! Entertainment | NBCUniversal); Richard Kirstein (Resilient Music); James Michael Kempter II (JMKconnections); and Velma Barkwell (East End Music).

Screen Shot Finalists

A Little Bit Of Awesome - Sharp Turn Ahead
Amadeus - JoJo Worthington
Anyhow - Beauty Contest
Believe - Sam Eliot
Berlin - Airport Impressions
Better Man - Straalen
Breaking Up - Stephanie K
Bursting Into Life - The Bicycle Mob
Ceaseless Goodbye - Imogen Clark
Comfortably Sweet - Steven Bowers
I Have Your Touch - Fairchild Brothers
I Wanna Know - Whitney Lusk
Lookout Johnny - Will Dailey
Love Games - Zyon Gooden
Middle Of You - Stan Lee Cole
Ol' Water - Dylan Starrs
Push Play - Magnetic Clouds
Rabbit Suit - Kid Zeus
Rippin N' Rollin - Jared Wesley
Save My Soul - Ray Goren
The Fallout - The Likes Of Us
Tidal Waves And Hurricanes - Maggie Szabo
Train's Comin' - The Likes Of Us
What A Day Can Change - Janet Panic
You Wish She Was Me - Kathryn Dean - www.unsignedonly.com


Seventy-five bands submitted applications for a chance to perform at this year’s Mariposa Showcase, said Mike Hill, artistic director with the Mariposa Folk Festival.

Hill said the talent gets better every year.

“I don’t know if the musicians are getting better or they know how to audition better,” he said. “The quality is ... outstanding.”

The BelleRegards, an indie folk band from Toronto; The Most Loyal, a folk, alterative-country band based in Toronto, and Jojo Worthington, of Waterloo, who sang and performed on the ukulele, won gigs at the Mariposa Folk Festival. The BelleRegards won audience favourite.

“I’m really happy. I didn’t even think I’d get into (the showcase), so this is great,” Worthington said.

Performing at the Mariposa Folk Festival will “open a lot more opportunities,” she said.

“It’s another step forward,” Worthington said.

Bloemendal was inspired by all of Sunday’s performances.

“You saw the guy with the double bass who had half a snare drum on there that he was hitting. You’re seeing what Jojo did on the ukulele. She makes it sing like nobody I’ve heard. As a musician, I’m always looking for those kinds of sources of inspiration and I found those today,” he said.

Meghan LaGrandeur, of the The Musettes, said the Mariposa Showcase provides a great opportunity for emerging artists. - www.mariposafolkfest.com


“I’m trying to prove that you don’t need a record label. Artists can develop themselves and make it on their own with help from their fans.”

Yes, JoJo Worthington writes on ukulele.

No, her music is nothing like you might expect. - London Groove Machine


Local artist JoJo Worthington is making a name for herself as a ukulele songwriting emerging artist! - Guelph Mercury; Waterloo Region Record


Winterfolk & A Better World
Hey folks! The WF team is thrilled to congratulate the winners of the 3rd round of #Winterfolk Festival auditions held at the Moonshine Cafe The in Oakville, Sunday, Nov 24th!
WINNERS: JOJO WORTHINGTON www.jojoworthington.com, SARAH BEATTY www.sonicbids.com/LorneAllan2
JoJo Worthington and Sarah Beatty will be featured at the upcoming #WinterfolkXII Festival, Feb 14-16, 2014. Come to the festival and check them out!

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
ALEXANDER QUAIL www.alexanderquail.com
HANA BAJRIC www.myspace.com/hanabajric
SHAWN CLARKE www.shawnclarkemusic.com

Many thanks to all of the talented artists who auditioned and thoroughly entertained! Thanks to John and Jane Marlatt and Alexander at the cafe for all of their support. Thanks also go to the audience for participating in the voting process and for helping to make it an exciting and successful event.

**REMINDER: If any of you are interested in taking part in the FINGERSTYLE GUITAR COMPETITION being held during the 2014 festival, please go to the website for deets & submission info. http://www.winterfolk.com/winterfolk-fingerstyle-guitar-competition/

Thanks for the support all!

The Winterfolk Team
Winterfolk XII
www.winterfolk.com
Feb 14–16, 2014






















. - Winterfolk XII Festival


Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Fanshawe’s Got Talent competition:
1st Place: JoJo Worthington
2nd Place: Kaushal Sachdev
3rd Place: Mikhayla Mishchenko - Fanshawe Student Union


WINNER: JoJo Worthington - 84%

Below are the details of your semi-finals set time:
DATE: SAT OCT 19
VENUE: Czehoski
DOORS: 8pm
SET TIME: 9:30 - 9:45PM - Indie Week Canada


JoJo Worthington Music is a first for the Summer Company program, which can earn new enterpreneurs a total of $3000 in funding. - www.therecord.com


Every year, artists in Waterloo Region are recognized for both their achievements and contributions to arts in their community in a gala that attracts hundreds of audience members. Sunday night was no exception.

Nearly 60 nominees in 11 categories joined the 25th annual 2012 Arts Awards Waterloo Region event at Centre in the Square, for an evening of music, food, an art auction and celebration of all that makes this community a cultural hot bed.

Other award winners included:
Maxwell’s Music House Leading Edge Award, Joanna Worthington - The Kitchener Record


Dear Joanna,

Congratulations on winning 1st place in the ROCK category with your song Beautiful Thing!
Congratulations on winning Top Honours (4th place) in the FOLK category with your song Hearts!
Congratulations on winning Honorable Mention (9th place) in the FOLK category with your song Amadeus!

Great job Joanna and the best of luck in the future...keep writing and performing and pursuing your goals!!
(at least 100 entries in both categories) - Indie International


Over 1500 songwriters from 44 countries competed in 2012. GASC Judges discovered outstanding songs in all categories of the contest. Great songs were discovered in every category of the 14th Annual Great American Song Contest. GASC Judges reviewed the songs of nearly 1500 songwriters, composers and lyricists.

The excellent quality of songwriting made the task of choosing winners fun, but also very challenging.

Below is the official list of GASC 2012 Finalists. All scored near the top of their respective categories. (The number of category Finalists is proportionate to the number of entries received in each of the 11 categories.)

Amadeus - JoJo Worthington (Waterloo ON CANADA) - http://www.greatamericansong.com


Eighty entries and 44,000 votes later... it's time to share the top 10 in the Expand Your Bandwidth contest!

Here, in no particular order, are the top 10 finalists in the Expand Your Bandwidth contest, as determined by online votes:

Playlist for November 3rd, 2012:

Theme: MICHIGAN LEFT - Arkells

HOME - Jack Pine and the Fire

CONTEST REMIX by Adam Saikaley

(Everyone Knows/Promise; Wake Up/Dry River Caravan; Goodbye/Monday I Retire; The Proposal/The Joynt; Nowhere Near My Heart/Kori Pop; Southbound Amtrack/Lost Anglers; On The Level/Jef Kearns; PAWPWALK/Ron Davis)

LOVE NOW - Beth Moore

STUCK TO YOU - Alyson McNamara

AMADEUS - JoJo Worthington

HELL TO PAY - The Liquid Edge

PASSING TIME - Ophelia Syndrome

DIRTY OLD MAN - Three Little Birds

ECHO - Zoo Legacy

TENDER KISSES - NALA

And the track to Start Your Saturday Night...

THROUGH TROUBLED TIMES (SAFETY SAVED US) - Advina - www.cbc.ca/bandwidth


You'll also meet JoJo Worthington, an up and coming singer-songwriter from Waterloo. With her awesome voice and ukulele, JoJo proves you don't need a lot of fancy stuff to make beautiful songs. Case in point -- this video for her song Werewolf! - www.cbc.ca/bandwidth


The following ten songs have won their respective category in the songwriting contest. The top songs were determined by "songwriting" alone. Vocal ability and production quality was not taken into consideration. The FOLK category had 1,631 entries. There were over 24,000 entries within all ten categories. - songoftheyear.com


The winner of the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame competition is Fanshawe’s own JoJo Worthington. - 1069theex.com


On the 26th of August a large crowd of people converged on Maxwell's Music House to attend their 4th annual Singer/Songwriter competition final.

With prizes including a weekend recording package from Brixton Music Studios in Kitchener, consultation packages with the staff of Maxwell's Music House and Paquin Entertainment Agency, a video recording package from George Briggs Media, and many others, the event drew a lot of amazing talent. After three rounds comprising 6 evenings and 24 competitors, the final saw the top 6 artists performing four songs each.

There was a lot of consideration put into the competition with valuable live feedback from the judges after each performance and prizes tailored to each winner's needs, as well as a local Cambridge artist, Laurie Wonfor Nolan of LWN Studio, painting a portrait of each of the contestants during their performance.

"This competition is really about developing the potential of young singer/songwriters in K-W," said Paul Maxwell, Founder and President of Maxwell's Music House. "We want to give them the opportunity to develop the skills they will need to succeed as professionals in this competitive industry."

The evening started off superbly with Jon Mackey and Jill Dowding on the guitar, followed by ukulele-playing Jojo Worthington, who put on a most memorable performance. After those three it was Jessie Treneer's turn to take the spotlight with her guitar, followed by the emotive Danielle Robert on the keyboard. Last in the line-up was Kori Pop who delivered an amazing theatrical performance that captivated the entire audience for the duration of her set. And then came the difficult part (for the judges, that is) — deciding who to pick as the top three. Such a difficult choice it was, that they in fact chose two winners, Kori Pop and Jojo Worthington, to share the title, with Jessie Treneer coming in a close 3rd place.

It was a most enjoyable evening to mark the end of the 4th annual singer/songwriter competition, and I look forward to seeing how the winners use their prizes and new opportunities to grow and develop their musical talents. - Sticky Magazine


Waterloo’s Jojo Worthington was the inaugural winner of the Waterloo Public Library’s Songwriting Contest for Teens with her song, Amadeus. Amadeus. Amadeus.

Worthington began taking vocal lessons at age eight. Although known for her unique songs on the ukulele, she is also adept at playing the violin, harp, piano, clarinet, drums and guitar.

“The song is about my ex-boyfriend,” said Worthington, after receiving first prize. “I guess it’s a good thing we broke up because the story made a great song.”

Second place went to Amy Rola’s song Dancing in the Sunset.

Rola, from St. Agatha, is already a prolific songwriter, having penned more than 60 original songs.

Last but not least, was Safe As Houses, a local band currently working on its first CD. Their song was called Sink my Boat.

The contest was held in celebration of National Youth Arts Week and attracted 25 original-song entries.

“This is the first time Waterloo Public Library has held a songwriting contest. We are so pleased with the quality of the entries,” said Sandi Hall, who handles the publicity and promotions at WPL. “There are a lot of creative and talented young singer-songwriters in our community.

“We’re proud to be able to offer them this opportunity to promote their skills.”

For a list of all contestants, visit www.songwriting.wpl.ca/ The contest was judged by Waterloo recording artist Scotty James, Steve Lehmann, director of KW Glee, and music manager John Ioannou. - Waterloo Chronicle


Fanshawe College graduate JoJo Worthington (Music Industry Arts, 2015) has won the Grand Prize in the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition.

The competition, hosted by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (SHOF) and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), provides aspiring songwriters an opportunity to share their music, develop their songwriting skills and take the first steps toward a successful career in the music industry.

"I am full of joy and honored to be the recipient of this award," said JoJo in a media statement. "I am jubilantly anxious to see what will come of this juncture and the connections that are to be made." - Fanshaweonline


Congratulations are in order for Waterloo singer/songwriter JoJo Worthington. She's won the very first Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition. This prestigious international contest featured numerous artists from around the globe and she came out on top. GREAT JOB!

Her prizes includes a chance for a publishing contract, an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar and a pair of tickets to the 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala where she'll be recognized on stage. - Hamilton Blues Lovers


It’s official — JoJo Worthington of London is a stellar songwriter.

London singer-songwriter JoJo Worthington has a new honour to sing about.

Worthington won the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition, co-presented by the hall and the Universal Music Publishing Group, organizers announced this week. - London Free Press


SOCAN member JoJo Worthington has won the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) Song Competition, co-presented by the SHOF and the Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). - See more at: https://www.socan.ca/news/jojo-worthington-wins-inaugural-songwriters-hall-fame-shof-song-competition#sthash.gk1p7LMj.dpuf - SOCAN


Waterloo's JoJo Worthington has won the grand prize in the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition. The competition, "by songwriters, for songwriters," is administered by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Universal Music Publishing Group. The grand prize package includes the "opportunity" to enter into an exclusive music publishing contract with Universal, as well as a new guitar and recognition from the stage at the Hall's induction and awards gala in New York. Worthington is a graduate of Eastwood Collegiate's arts program and was the Leading Edge award winner at the 2013 Waterloo Region Arts Awards. - The Kitchener Record


JoJo Worthington has no illusions about overnight success coming with anything but years of hard work.

It’s a message that’s been drilled into the local singer/songwriter since she studied Music Recording Arts at Fanshawe College and an instructor told her the stairway to success has a lot of rough landings. - Waterloo Chronicle


Winner of the Leading Edge Award at the 25th Arts Awards Waterloo Region, JoJo Worthington may well be the next big musical act coming out of Waterloo Region. The young musician released her first EP SOON in February 2012. I caught her as the opening act of Craig Cardiff’s December 17 show at Queen Street Commons, where I was so taken by her new song “Werewolf” that I knew I had to have a copy of her EP. - The Community Edition


GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL
I Believe In Love Raleigh Hall
Blessed Rich Thomas
Pool of Bethesda JoJo Worthington
You Opened My Eyes Andy Sarnoff & Pat Maiorino
Be Still Allison Gilliam
The Road Less Traveled Robert Jason & J Carter
All The Little Things Kaitlyn Jackson & Joe Sins
The Plans I have for you DeDe Wedekind
Overflow John Newsome
The Same Sky Gino Torres - U.S.A. Songwriting Competition


"Those music lovers hit a gold mine at Summerfolk40 with acts like Donovan Woods, JoJo Worthington and the award winning Clare Lynch Band." - Georgian Bay Folk Society


JoJo Worthington is an emerging experimental folk artist based in Waterloo, Ontario. JoJo has recently won the Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition and has been performing at festivals through the summer, including the Summerfolk Music and Arts Festival which took place in August. I had the chance to ask JoJo a series of questions about her background, her music and much more, so continue reading to find out more about this up & coming Canadian artist. - Canadian Beats


This record is an incredible follow up for singer/songwriter JoJo Worthington. When I sat down to listen to 7 I had already heard most of the music performed live by JoJo but it did not prepare me for the incredible production value and song arrangements that this recording features. JoJo is a songwriter you listen to and realize she has a certain genius to the way she approaches the melody and lyric components of her songs. I was tempted to skip track 1 and jump right into the good stuff but I'm so happy with the way this record plays through front to back. If you have an evening free to sit and listen through the entire record instead of picking out the singles (Hearts, Amadeus, and Werewolf) I would highly recommend it. Even the lyrical content of the songs doesn't get old - it's unique and doesn't read like every other pop song available. I have given the record an overall rating of 9 because it really is one of my favorite albums and the production, playing, and lyrics deserver nothing less. - Latent Image Design


In a field that remains heavily dominated by men, JoJo Worthington is setting out to demolish the glass ceiling for women in the music industry. She is an independent producer and composer from Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada who has won numerous awards for her exceptional work. Her vocalizations reminisce of Kate Bush, her ingenuity with looping techniques remind one of the omnipresent Canadian force of Owen Pallet, and her refreshing take on the ukulele is pushing this experimental-folk musician to create some of the most forward-thinking music of her generation.

Her works include the co-produced, co-arranged project, \\ (or Two Lines) and the album Honey Suite by The Lifers, which was recently nominated for New/Emerging Artist by Canadian Folk Music Awards and has toured throughout Canada promoting her own music. JoJo shared with SoundGirls a little about her musical journey from childhood, her love affair with the ukulele, and gave advice to women wanting a career in this industry. - Soundgirls.org


JoJo Worthington unveils her ambitious new release today "Stabilize". The track and video have launched Worthington into a whole new realm as we enter 2019.

Her sultry and smooth vocals transcend genres, as the bold and vibrant video bring up stunning harmonies and melodies that set the songstress above the rest. JoJo Worthington’s music is infinite. She crafts experimental post-folk in which intimate recollections explode into limitless soundscapes. Fusing electronic glitches, acoustic nuances, and extraterrestrial melodies, Worthington’s work pushes emotionally potent folk songs to the perilous edge. She just released a building, electro-influenced post-folk track paired with a color-blocked video.

Hailing from Canada, her unique and stylish vision offers up eye and ear catching elements for listeners looking to hear a new wave of music. Her vocal work recalls old classics, while she puts her own spin on something new and noteworthy.

This is only the first look of JoJo Worthington in the new year, and we more than intrigued to hear more from the budding artist. - nodepression.com


The time of waiting is over. Slowly, the artists and labels get moving and show us the beautiful sides of the music business again. JOJO WORTHINGTON with her fresh sound is a great example here. I can not hear enough of 'STABILIZE' right now, because the song is so layered. - We Love That Sound!


JoJo Worthington is a singer-songwriter out of Canada and today the Waterloo native released her brand new single ‘Stabilize’, a song that explores mutual support among the sexes, while also touching on the theme of mental health.

Going into detail about the single, JoJo explains how this “is a song that asks for community and support in order to help those around us who are affected by mental illness.”


“In another parallel, it also pleads for mutual support among the sexes…to come together and “Stabilize” the world around us.”

To coincide with the release of the single, JoJo has released a music video; which each scene “in the video is full of chaotic and beautiful colours – representing characteristics of mental illness”, explains JoJo, it also explores the notion of how you can prove to be difficult and inconvenient to deal with,” but those are things you should not “be ashamed of”.

“Those of us who do not know these struggles should always be ready to extend an open hand of understanding to those in need.”

This is a very complex song with a lot of underlying features, colours, tones, stories and some great vocals to boot. - eatthismusic.com


Each scene in the video is full of chaotic and beautiful colours – representing characteristics of mental illness that can prove to be difficult and inconvenient to deal with, but are not things that we should feel ashamed of. - ifitbeyourwill.ca


JoJo has a great voice especially when it’s mixed into dreamy harmonies and melodies which fit smoothly in to her new track, “Stabilize”. With a nod towards 80’s electro pop this would slide nicely onto the Breakfast Club soundtrack while still standing tall alongside the new wave scene of today. She throws colour at her music and it sticks. Although the happy bounce along music seems to contradict the lyrical message of reaching out for support on first listen, they blend together and make more sense after a couple of plays so stick with it, it definitely is worth a second go!

With a voice like hers I’m looking forward to see where she takes it next. An all round thumbs up, keep an eye out for JoJo, she could be going places. - indiemidlands.com


Some songs and videos are big on substance. Others are all about style. Nothing wrong with either approach. But this eye-catching and thought-provoking clip for Ontario singer-songwriter JoJo Worthington’s new single Stabilize — a plea for unity and support — is one of the rare offerings that does both. And does them magnificently, thanks to both Worthington’s charmingly understated pop smarts and artist Kristyn Watterworth’s distinctive, colourful art design. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “This is a song that asks for community and support in order to help those around us who are affected by mental illness. In another parallel, it also pleads for mutual support among the sexes…to come together and Stabilize the world around us. Each scene in the video is full of chaotic and beautiful colours – representing characteristics of mental illness that can prove to be difficult and inconvenient to deal with, but are not things that we should feel ashamed of. Those of us who do not know these struggles should always be ready to extend an open hand of understanding to those in need.” Colour me impressed: - Indie Roundup


Canadian frontwoman delivers a brilliantly warped and diverse electro-pop release, with nods to Robyn - mysticsons.com


JoJo Worthington’s music is infinite. She crafts experimental post-folk in which intimate recollections explode into limitless soundscapes. Fusing electronic glitches, acoustic nuances, and extraterrestrial melodies, Worthington’s work pushes emotionally potent folk songs to the perilous edge. -


The work of Ontario-based musician JoJo Worthington exists within the expansive environments of post-folk, pop and something a bit more musically tangled. Electronic subtleties, analog gradations and intangible melodies build upon each other until Worthington’s master plan is revealed in all its complicated and stirring rhythmic grandeur.

Worthington is currently getting ready to release her latest record, “TCYK,” which is due out June 7.

With recent single, “Stabilize,” she encases her experimental folk tendencies inside an electro-pop atmosphere, utilizing a series of thrumming synths and martial beats as a foundation for her expressive and ghostly vocals. The song feels like it’s constructed of fading dreams and hazy remembrances, possessing a contemplative but not overly fraught perspective on our emotional and physical interconnectedness with one another.

‘’Stabilize,’ as in to focus and centre our thoughts; a concept that is much easier said than done,” Worthington explains. “This is a song that asks for community and support in order to help those around us who are affected by mental illness. In another parallel, it also pleads for mutual support among the sexes...to come together and “Stabilize” the world around us.”

The accompanying video, directed by Edward Platero, is a wash of vividly colored rooms and furniture, with Worthington garbed in matching colors. Whether sitting in a chair, plinking away behind an old typewriter or wearing a turtleneck that seems to engulf her face, she conveys a sense of melancholic introspection.

“Each scene in the video is full of chaotic and beautiful colours,” she says, “representing characteristics of mental illness that can prove to be difficult and inconvenient to deal with, but are not things that we should feel ashamed of. Those of us who do not know these struggles should always be ready to extend an open hand of understanding to those in need.” - Thesouthernsounding.com


Ontario-based experimental-folk artist JoJo Worthington is back with a brand new single, “Stabilize”, which is paired with a colour-blocked video. Each colour in the visual represents a different mental illness.

If you like what you hear, stay tuned for JoJo’s upcoming release in June 2019, TCYK (The Company You Keep), which is a celebration of her diverse strengths, co-produced by William Crann. - Canadianbeats.ca


Kind and lush, wise and wistful, “Stabilize” is the candid and colorful new single from Ontario’s JoJo Worthington. You can download the track right now from her Bandcamp page. TCYK is the title of her next LP, one she releases on July 7th. - theautumnroses.com


Jo Jo Worthington has recently released “Stabilize,” her latest single reminding us to focus and centre our thoughts; a concept that is much easier said than done.

This is a song that asks for community and support in order to help those around us who are affected by mental illness. In another parallel, it also pleads for mutual support among the sexes...to come together and “Stabilize” the world around us.

Each scene in the video is full of chaotic and beautiful colours – representing characteristics of mental illness that can prove to be difficult and inconvenient to deal with, but are not things that we should feel ashamed of. Those of us who do not know these struggles should always be ready to extend an open hand of understanding to those in need. - Music talks.xyz


JoJo Worthington is a Canadian-based singer-songwriter/producer. Not too long ago, she released a music video for “Stabilize”, a lovely electronic-folk tune from her upcoming “TCYK (The Company You Keep)” project. - bongminesentertainment.com


JoJo Worthington's Stabilize is the kind of pop track I can really get behind. It's multifaceted, layered, and has some great instrumentation littered throughout.

You can catch this tune on her upcoming album The Company You Keep, which is set for release in June. - CBC.ca


Produced by Jojo Worthington and William Crann, the song offers a powerful message for those affected by mental illness. The Ontario-based artist also asks for people to support the ones in need to “stabilize” the world around us.

“The only way we will ever be able to navigate this world is if we work together and support one another. I hope the song will encourage everyone to extend an open and understanding hand to those who need it,” says Worthington.

“Stabilize” is the first single off her upcoming project "TCYK" set to be released this year.

Introduce yourself - where are you from?

My name is JoJo Worthington and I'm from Kitchener- Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

What's your story?

I don't know yet!

Growing up, what were you passionate about?

Very passionate about spongebob square pants, Runescape, beyblades and musical theatre!

When did you start writing songs?

I remember writing my first song when I was about 10 years old...I think it was about butterflies, haha. I didn't know how to write with an instrument, but I remember imagining all the different instruments and parts in my head. When I was 14, my oldest brother bought be a guitar and as I was learning it, the songs began to come... All of them were about boys I had crushes on, haha.

What was your first experience in the music industry?

When I was 17 I took a music studio class at my high school, and that's how I ended up writing and creating my first album. Through that experience, I learnt how much work actually goes into an album and how much money and time you need to sacrifice into your creations...

You've just released your new single "Stabilize". What's the story behind this song?

I originally wrote the song about someone very close to me who has mental illness and at this time, does not seek treatment or help for it. The song really stemmed from a place of frustration for this person and not being able to understand why they wouldn't seek help... asking them to "stabilize" when really they have no idea how to do that. From there, I've realized that the song is about supporting each other. Not just with mental health, but also with supporting women and the communities around us who are in need...The only way we will ever be able to navigate this world is if we work together and support one another. I hope the song will encourage everyone to extend an open and understanding hand to those who need it.

Could you describe us the songwriting process for this song?

This is probably the only song I've ever written within Logic. I began looping a violin and marimba part and expanding upon it within the program. The first draft of the song was very Disney-esque. Then I asked myself, "how the heck am I going to play this live?". The version that is now released really just came form me messing around on my sample pad and organelle and just looping the heck out of everything.

How was it like to work with William Crann on this song?

I am so lucky to work with Will. We've been friends for a while and he has supported me from the very beginning. He is a brilliant engineer. Our ideas flow off each other's and I think that's what makes us a good team. He's also just a really good person, haha.

What can you tell us about the music video? What was the inspiration behind it?

I knew I wanted the video to be monochromatic but honestly didn't really have any vision for the video itself. That is all Kristyn and Ed. Originally the video was going to be 1 take, but later we realized we could do some really cool stuff if we created different sets. I bought a lot of the furniture from Goodwill, and some of it is even my own. Kristyn did an incredible job with the visuals and matching all of my outfits. I remember being amazed with how fast she painted all of the sets. What you're looking at in the video is one room with different walls painted with different themes.

Ed is a wonderful director. I couldn't believe how fast the video came together. I think the kaleidoscope effect at the end works perfectly with how beautifully chaotic life is.

Why do you make music? What keeps you motivated?

I don't know why this is the path that I'm walking in. I have no idea how I got here, but God has put me here so I'm going with it. I really have no idea what I'm doing. Once a woman came up to me after a show and told me that over the years, she had built up so much stress in her shoulders and back and after she heard my music said all that pain left her body. That comment has stayed with me for years and I realized...that's been my motivation for a long time... that's why I make music. Just trying to move people emotionally with the message and offer some kind of benefit to their lives.

What does singing make you feel?

Singing doesn't really do anything for me...It's something I'm good at, and a tool I use to get my lyrics and messages across, and getting to share those messages is a wonderful thing.

Would you consider songwriting as a form of therapy?

I believe that's what music is, yes.

What are the biggest struggles you've had to overcome so far? How did you overcome them?

I could probably whine about a bunch of things, but I know I haven't experienced the worst of it.

What biggest lessons have you learnt as a human being and as an artist?

Music isn't everything and it's not about me. It's about people.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

Know your craft 10x better than anyone. Never give up and don't do drugs!

What appeals you the most about Ontario?

I'm a part of a community here...It's where I've grown up...It's where I have connections, family, friends, people who support me. Honestly, I'm just here for the buck-a-beer I was promised.

What are your goals for 2019?

I'd like to collaborate with more people in my community...make more side projects... I'd also like to finally learn how to do a cartwheel properly.

In your opinion, what would make the world a better place?

"Love your neighbour as yourself"..."neighbour" meaning: not just people you like.

What's your purpose?

Haven't we already answered this? To do a cartwheel! - threadofficial.com


“Stabilize,” as in to focus and centre our thoughts; a concept that is much easier said than done.

This is a song that asks for community and support in order to help those around us who are affected by mental illness. In another parallel, it also pleads for mutual support among the sexes…to come together and “Stabilize” the world around us.

Each scene in the video is full of chaotic and beautiful colours – representing characteristics of mental illness that can prove to be difficult and inconvenient to deal with, but are not things that we should feel ashamed of. Those of us who do not know these struggles should always be ready to extend an open hand of understanding to those in need.

I hope that this song will help you feel connected. Thank you for listening. (press release) - findasongblog.com


Last Spring, Michael characterized JoJo Worthington’s album \\ (Two Lines) as “at once sweeping and grand and extremely intimate.” Released through the Barrie-based record label Epoch Tapes, Worthington’s record was such an inspiration for her Epoch family, they decided to honour it in a pretty special way.

Parallel, streaming below, is the companion album to Two Lines. Producers and artists from within the Epoch Tapes family – including newcomer R. Grice and buzzy artist Mappe Of – took the sounds from Worthington’s record and deconstructed them to create new pieces; what they’re calling “unmixes.”

Last week JoJo and I hung out in St. James Park in Toronto. We talked about our love of Sufjan Stevens, dismal Tinder prospects, and Parallel. We also saw a Dalmatian puppy (cute!), wandered inside St. James Cathedral (gorgeous!) and very briefly joined a Haunted Walk tour (weird!). Here’s an excerpt from our hang out:

LS: What was the biggest difference between putting out your last record 7 and Two Lines?

JW: A huge change in terms of communication and production wise. I felt with 7 I was always fighting with my engineer. Fighting about what I wanted to sound like because he wasn’t excited about experimentation. He was very much a pop producer. When we did Two Lines, I was most afraid about that but this time it was so smooth. I felt that Connory [Ballantyne, co-founder of Epoch Tapes] would say a lot of the things that I was already thinking. Of course, [Ballantyne and co-founder Will Crann] are great guys and hilarious and they were super easy to work with. There’s always conflict with art between people but they understood what I wanted and they understood the vision which is the most important thing.

LS: Parallel is a companion album to Two Lines – why do you feel Two Lines needed a partner?

JW: Sometimes I feel disconnected. I don’t get to see Connory and Will everyday. I don’t get to see other artists on Epoch everyday so this was important to me because I wanted to bridge that and feel more connected with them. I love all of the artists associated with Epoch and they inspire me so much so I’m so excited to release what they’ve made.

LS: It also must have been nice to have so many people want to be involved in the project.

JW: Yeah, that was very touching as well. To know that they respected that album so much in order to put effort into making something.

LS: Did you give them any direction or anything?

JW: I wasn’t involved in it at all and I was a little bit scared of that. I am controlling about my music but everything was done by them and I heard what they did later and I really liked it. - Grayowlpoint.com


The work of Ontario-based musician JoJo Worthington exists within the expansive environments of post-folk, pop and something a bit more musically tangled. Electronic subtleties, analog gradations and intangible melodies build upon each other until Worthington’s master plan is revealed in all its complicated and stirring rhythmic grandeur.

Worthington is currently getting ready to release her latest record, “TCYK,” which is due out June 7. - New Music Weekly


Ceaselessly engaging, deeply affecting, and always forging deeper into the unknown, JoJo Worthington is one of the most forward-thinking musicians of her generation.

JoJo Worthington’s latest project, TCYK (The Company You Keep)—to be released June 2019—is a celebration of her diverse strengths. This succinct powerhouse of an album, co-produced with William Crann, is a magnificently textured exploration of Worthington’s experience as a woman navigating tumultuous relationships.

Orchestral and electronic sounds blend, creating serene walls of sound that compliment intimate narratives. Within only a handful of songs, Worthington presents a whole body of feeling. Listeners are guided through conflicts between ephemeral lovers, distant friends, the human and divine. However, TCYK is ultimately a celebration our attempts at connection, as Worthington asserts: “we need to stabilize”—a rallying cry for mutual support between sexes. - The violet wave.com


Jojo Worthington’s ‘Stabilize’ is the first single from her new record TCYK which is scheduled for a July release. Billed as a song about mental illness, its central message seems to be more simply about the importance of human contact. The song certainly had a stabilizing effect on me, with its refreshing use of electronica set against Worthington’s irresistible Cyndi Lauperish delivery. As the song goes “pick up the phone” and tell your friends - you could change their lives for the better.

https://jojoworthington.bandcamp.com/ - Redguitarmusic.com


JoJo Worthington finds the ability to ‘Stabilize’ much easier said than done, her latest track an earthy, quietly defiant call for ‘mutual support among the sexes’ and to help break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

In the accompanying video, the Canadian singer also presents the plight of those struggling through the use of retro visuals and vivid colours that overwhelm the senses, representing the characteristics of mental illness. Though the toll it takes can be overwhelming, Worthington’s message is one of hope, imploring us to ‘pick up the phone’ and reach out in a world that’s rapidly falling apart. Because the only way to truly heal division and to break down stigmas is to actually listen to one another…

‘Stabilize’ is from JoJo’s upcoming album TCYK, out June 7. - Luna Paper


Song: “Stabilize” by Jojo Worthington

Kitchener-Waterloo based singer-songwriter Jojo Worthington is back with a new single and music video, “Stabilize.”

I saw Worthington perform at January’s installation of Sofar Sounds; although I had heard her name a few times around town, it was my first time hearing her music. She delivered a dreamy and atmospheric set at the show, leaving me curious about the rest of her music.

“Stabilize” is the first single from Worthington’s newest album, TCYK, set to be released this June. The song tackles complex topics surrounding mental illness and the struggles of asking for help, when other people rely on you for support, also.

The video is abstract, and at some times confusing, but nonetheless a bold deliverance and unforgettable depiction of the song. The video is undeniably creative, with splashes of bright and bold scenes and colours, contrasted by Worthington who is near motionless and calm.

“Stabilize” shows Worthington’s growth — it sounds fuller and there’s maturity in her writing. With the release of this full single, anticipation for TCKY is undoubtedly building. - communityedition.ca


JoJo Worthington, a producer, composer, singer and musician, is another young artist who comes across as a real mensch.

Worthington did a few shows here last month (Maxwell's, Queen Street Commons, Café Pyrus, UW Grad House). She's not part of the band Sunday, but she does sing on Garvey's new album, for which she is given special thanks as "JoJo the ultimate harmonizer." She has a new album of her own scheduled for release in June.

To get an idea of the kind of talent we're talking about here, check out the official music video for "Stabilize." - www.therecord.com


Big thoughts, tiny package. That’s what you get with the cinematic wide-screen video for the lushly haunting Small Encounters — the latest single from Ontario singer-songwriter JoJo Worthington, and a preview of her June 7 album TCYK (The Company You Keep). SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “Small Encounters is a hazy recollection of navigating tumultuous relationships. It is a memory of fleeting, momentary encounters. The loneliness of empty beds nights after. A spectre of drunken nights and small encounters. It’s also a song about how frequently sexual assault occurs in clubs – public spaces where people should be safe to dance with their friends – and how easily this can be brushed off as being the ‘norm’ in these types of environments.” Enjoy her company: - Tinnitus.com


HER FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'TCYK (THE COMPANY YOU KEEP)' IS SET FOR RELEASE ON JUNE 7

By chelsea brimstinNew Releases, New Videos26.04.2019 Facebook Twitter
Experimental post-folk artist JoJo Worthington has just released a new video for her track “Small Encounters.”

The track itself is a hazy, shoegaze style tune, with gloomy, melancholic instrumentation and silky, almost ambient vocal lines. The slow, vulnerable song comes accompanied by a beautifully coloured video that sees Worthington dressed in full bridal attire at the alter of a church, sitting in an extravagant, reflective chair in the middle of a club, and eventually getting lost in the crowd of dancers.

“‘Small Encounters’ is a hazy recollection of navigating tumultuous relationships. It is a memory of fleeting, momentary encounters. The loneliness of empty beds nights after. A spectre of drunken nights and small encounters,” Worthington tells Indie88. “It’s also a song about how frequently sexual assault occurs in clubs – public spaces where people should be safe to dance with their friends – and how easily this can be brushed off as being the ‘norm’ in these types of environments.” - Indie88.com


Singer Jojo Worthington has returned with her new single SMALL ENCOUNTERS, a track which is captivating from start to finish. I love the beautiful vocal performance and wonderful stellar atmospheres. Beside, the lyrics are has a great message that you need to hear!

You can not deny that SMALL ENCOUNTERS is a real gem, so make sure to stream it as soon as possible! - Lefuturewave.com


What can I say about JoJo Worthington? Her ethereal voice haunts me. Her music makes me feel calm and immediately nervous at the same time. Most importantly, she’s given me exactly what I’m looking for with “Small Encounters”.


Often when I listen to songs written about cultural issues like body positivity, sexual harassment, and similar heavy topics… I find they can be severe. They’re great songs, but it’s hard to listen to them casually because there’s no subtlety to the lyrics. It just says what it means straight up. And this is absolutely fine! There are a billion types of songwriting and none of them are right or wrong. However, I have a soft spot for lyrics that paint a picture so you can interpret them as they pertain to you & your experiences. JoJo’s song does exactly that for me.


JoJo sent me some of her thoughts on the song and what it means, which I’ve included for you below.

“Small Encounters” is a hazy recollection of navigating tumultuous relationships. It is a memory of fleeting, momentary encounters. The loneliness of empty beds nights after. A spectre of drunken nights and small encounters.

It’s also a song about how frequently sexual assault occurs in clubs – public spaces where people should be safe to dance with their friends – and how easily this can be brushed off as being the ‘norm’ in these types of environments.

– JoJo Worthington

I think this song is so beautiful. Her voice is just so indescribable, it’s so soft and haunting, I feel like she’s contacting me through a Ouija board. The instrumentals put me in a trance.

In my quest to discover as much Ontario talent as I can, I’m so thrilled with the results so far. JoJo Worthington is one of my fave finds so far, and I can’t wait for her album TCYK to be released on June 7th! - Paigebackstage.com


This month, Kitchener-Waterloo singer-songwriter and producer JoJo Worthington is releasing her new album, The Company You Keep. The release will correspond with an album release concert on June 7 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre. Worthington will be playing with her band along with, for the first time, a string quartet.

“I think it’s going to be really special and beautiful,” said Worthington about the new arrangements. The concert will be opened by Elsa Jayne, another local artist, who has opened for several of Worthington’s album releases.

Worthington’s music has been described as post-experimental folk. Essentially, her music combines folk acoustic with electronic and experimental elements. This combination paired with Worthington’s impressive and unique vocals results in a sound that has been described by many critics as dream-like.

Worthington has been influenced by musical pioneers such as Björk, and hopes to innovate both musically and lyrically through her work. - The Community Edition


JoJo Worthington’s music is infinite. This Canadian producer / songwriter / composer crafts experimental post-folk in which intimate recollections explode into limitless soundscapes. Fusing electronic glitches, acoustic nuances, and extraterrestrial melodies, Worthington’s work pushes emotionally potent folk songs to the perilous edge. - auteurresearch.com


Song: “Stabilize” by Jojo Worthington

Kitchener-Waterloo based singer-songwriter Jojo Worthington is back with a new single and music video, “Stabilize.”

I saw Worthington perform at January’s installation of Sofar Sounds; although I had heard her name a few times around town, it was my first time hearing her music. She delivered a dreamy and atmospheric set at the show, leaving me curious about the rest of her music.

“Stabilize” is the first single from Worthington’s newest album, TCYK, set to be released this June. The song tackles complex topics surrounding mental illness and the struggles of asking for help, when other people rely on you for support, also.

The video is abstract, and at some times confusing, but nonetheless a bold deliverance and unforgettable depiction of the song. The video is undeniably creative, with splashes of bright and bold scenes and colours, contrasted by Worthington who is near motionless and calm.

“Stabilize” shows Worthington’s growth — it sounds fuller and there’s maturity in her writing. With the release of this full single, anticipation for TCKY is undoubtedly building. - communityedition.ca


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)


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Bio

JoJo Worthington pushes folk to the perilous edge. This Canadian producer crafts experimental post-folk in which intimate recollections explode into limitless soundscapes. Fusing electronic glitches, acoustic nuances, and extraterrestrial melodies. JoJo Worthington’s latest project, TCYK —06/07/19—is a celebration of her diverse strengths. This magnificently textured album is an exploration of Worthington’s experience as a woman in tumultuous relationships. This otherworldly record, interweaving cinematic eruptions with instrumental meditations, establishes Worthington as one of Canada’s most innovative musicians. With a nod to influences of the present- St. Vincent, Björk, Alt-J, S. Carey, Kate Bush and others, JoJo finds a beautiful, swelling sound completely her own; a rare find in the sea of ukulele-based music.

Worthington's 2016 release, "\\ (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

SHOUT OUTS!

Mar 2019 - Gold Medal Winner, Indie-pop, Global Music Awards

July 2018 - Nominee, Adult Contemporary category, American Songwriting Awards

July 2018 - Finalist, Folk category, Songoftheyear.com

Mar 2018/Sep 2017 - Winner (Silver), emerging artist/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 World Wide Music Contest

Jul 2016 - Finalist, Folk Category - American Songwriting Awards

Apr 2016 - 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 Toronto Independent Music Awards



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