JoJo Rock is an 11 year old rapper on a mission to end child poverty. Through his music his raises money to sponsor children from Compassion.com.au.
In April 2011, at 7 years old JoJo released this first rap song Throw Ya Hands. JoJo decided to give the song away to raise money to sponsor 1 child for 1 year through Compassion.
He raised the money within 2 weeks and was interviewed on many radios stations in the process. His sponsored child is Charles.
Angus Steventon produced the song, the chorus was sung by Sarah Otto and the music video was shot and directed by Raj Dhatt and Titus MacLaren. Everyone donated their time because they believed in the cause.
On the evening of Tuesday 13th December 2011 JoJo released his third song a hip hop version of "Oh Holy Night". Within 2 days it had received over 1,400 views on YouTube and now has over 20,000 views. JoJo was interviewed on 7 radio stations over the next 7 days. He also performed Oh Holy Night live with Sarah Otto 4 times that weekend, in a Christmas spectacular to over 2,400 people.
During 2012 JoJo has refined his skills as a performer. He has appeared and spread his message of child sponsorship on over 30 stages throughout the year. Everywhere he raps people are amazed at his passion, stage presence, conviction and confidence at such a young age.
Not bad for a 9 year old. It just goes to show, you are never too young or old to make a difference.
In March 2013 JoJo collaborated with Ozzy from The Sowers Group to release their version of Amazing Grace. This song is very significant to JoJo as Ozzy is an ex Compassion child. Until he met Ozzy JoJo had never met a Compassion child before. JoJo was moved when he heard Ozzy’s story of how Compassion helped him overcome poverty.
They instantly became good friends and decided to record a song. Amazing Grace is a song of hope and unconditional favour. The same gifts Compassion sponsors give to their sponsor children they have never met.
This song means so much to JoJo and is a continuation in his theme to inspire people of all ages to change the life of one child through child sponsorship.