Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque — aka JoJo — was 13 in June 2004 when she became the youngest solo artist in history to have a No. 1 single in the United States, “Leave,” from her debut album.
She started acting at age 4 and was offered a record contract at 6, although her mother turned it down. Still, she was performing in local theater and doing TV commercials and national TV shows from age 7. She was born in Brattleboro and was 5 when she moved to Foxborough, where she and her mother lived in a one-bedroom apartment.
In a 2002 interview with the Foxboro Reporter, she said her peers “can’t relate to me, and have a hard time understanding what I do. They pick on anything if you’re different. They say I act all high and mighty. It’s painful to come home crying from school.”
Levesque, who later moved to New Jersey, appeared in two major films in 2006: “Aquamarine” and “RV.” Last month, she signed with Atlantic Records, paving the way for a long-awaited third album.
SOURCES: Robert Gillis/Foxboro Reporter, Internet Movie Database, LATimes.com.Sources: Robert Gillis/Foxboro Reporter, Internet Movie Database, LATimes.com.