JoJo's new album Jumping Trains explores the ever-shifting middle ground between strength and vulnerability while still maintaining a feel-good, uplifting vibe. "I call my music 'pop with an anger-management problem,' because it's a little on the edge," the 20-year-old singer and songwriter says. "You don't know if I'm going to flip out on you. But it's important to me to tell real stories about what really goes on for young women. I don't have it all figured out. Sometimes I make bad decisions and fall on my face. Other times I make good decisions, so I want to take people on that journey because I know that music can really help. I want to speak for people when they can't express themselves, just as my favorite artists, like Joni Mitchell, Jill Scott, D'Angelo, and John Mayer, have done for me."
To help craft her stories and irresistible melodies on Jumping Trains, JoJo co-wrote with songwriters Beau Dozier, Priscilla Renea, Lil Eddie, Nasri Atweh, Jim Beanz and Kenna, among others, and enlisted a host of top-notch producers, including Rodney Jerkins, Oak, The Internz, Danja, The Stereotypes, and The Messengers, who anchor JoJo's soulful, powerhouse vocals with fresh, laser-sharp beats to create a wrenchingly honest, thoroughly modern-sounding pop record that marks a welcome return for the Massachusetts native, who released her platinum self-titled debut album at the age of 13, and its follow-up, the gold-certified The High Road, at age 15. Collectively, JoJo has already sold over three million albums worldwide and feels she's still just getting started.