Tuesday 16 July, 2019

JoJo Mac touts 'Greater Power' in new release

JoJo Mac

JoJo Mac

Since she launched her career over 25 years ago, singer JoJo Mac was determined to emulate her heroes by recording songs that would one day be considered classics. She maintained that mindset with 'Greater Power', her latest song.

Released in May, the uptempo single is written by JoJo Mac and produced by Hopeton Brown.

“When I write a song I don't think about getting a hit. I write from the heart. It has to be more than just rhyming, each line must carry its own weight,” said the Philadelphia-based Mac. 

“What I do think about is the impact I would want it to have on people, it has to be meaningful. I also think about longevity. I want to write songs that will have a long shelf life...staples if you will.”

Though the song has a spiritual tone, Mac stressed it was not inspired by religion which she believes causes segregation. Brown, she added, provided the perfect platform for her.

“Though lyrics is the most essential part of any song, the onus is on having the right music behind the lyrics and the delivery is just as important,” said JoJo Mac.

Born Joan McKenzie in Clarendon in central Jamaica, JoJo Mac has covered considerable creative ground since migrating to the United States in 1983. She has operated a hair salon, written a book (Mixed Up Moods and Deadly Attitudes) and recorded four albums and numerous singles.

Music has been her forte, recording songs for various producers including Duckie Simpson of Black Uhuru, and the legendary Clement “Coxson” Dodd. JoJo Mac also toured for two years with Black Uhuru.

While she cites Marcia Griffiths as a strong influence, it is rock music that inspired her most.

“My biggest musical influences were more genres than individuals. I listened to a lot of country and R&B growing up in Jamaica, which helped tremendously but I gravitate to rock music. I really wanted to be a rock singer,” she explained. “Influences included Gladys Night, Donna Summer, Janis Joplin, Heart and Tina Turner. Throughout the years influences have changed, but I am still a rock singer at heart.”

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