Why JoJo of R&B Group Jodeci not performing tonight?!? I can’t find out why. I’ve researched everywhere and can’t find anything. A few blogs wrote articles that JoJo was going thru rehab for an addiction and has had some health problems. I don’t know if this true. But there was an intereview in Sister 2 Sister Magazine with JoJo which confirms some of these rumors about alcoholism and health problems. See Below
In the latest issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, JoJo Hailey opens up about his alcoholism. JoJo says if he could go back, he would’ve never been in Jodeci. Yikes, but what about the “Diary of a Mad Band” album? Perish the thought.
In any event, here’s an excerpt.
Jamie: Do you remember starting with alcohol?
JoJo: You know, it’s been so long. Ever since Jodeci had their first hit, that’s when everything started spiraling downward. I mean with the whole band, individually and as a group. From then on I really didn’t have no feelings about it. It was just party and BS. But I didn’t think it was taking a toll on me until the first time that I said I wasn’t going to drink anything, and I fell into a seizure. So that was like a withdrawal.
Jamie: This is really something. Do you have problems with your liver or anything now?
JoJo: The only thing that’s going on with me now—and I thank God I’m still here able to talk to you again—is my pancreas. I drank so much until a small part of my pancreas had ate away. That’s no pain you want to feel. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.
Jamie: If you were to start all over today, knowing what you know now, what would you do or not do?
JoJo: Knowing what I know now, I don’t think I would have been in Jodeci.
Jamie: Tiny was it difficult loving him through this?
JoJo: Good question. I want to know the answer to this.
Jamie: Because that’s hard on you. He’s not even who he is when he’s drinking.
Tashaunda: Right. There have been some difficult moments where I felt like running away but I know that there’s this beautiful person in there and he’s hiding behind alcohol. If you marry somebody, you love them unconditionally. It’s not just something that you can just walk away from. The biggest thing that a lot of people don’t understand, which I myself didn’t understand until I was in this situation is that alcoholism. It’s an illness.
Jodeci (/ˈdʒoʊdəsi/ JOH-də-see) is an American R&B quartet with members DeVante Swing, Mr. Dalvin, K-Ci, and JoJo. Formed in 1989 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jodeci’s members began their musical careers as two duos of brothers and, after years of limited success, joined forces. After signing with Uptown Records in 1991, the group began to work on their debut album, Forever My Lady, which brought them mainstream success with the Billboard Hot 100 single “Come and Talk to Me” and the album’s titular track.
The group’s critical and commercial success continued with the releases of Diary of a Mad Band (1993), and also with The Show, the After Party, the Hotel (1995), where the group experimented with various musical styles typically not associated with traditional R&B. Jodeci would incorporate hip hop soul, gospel and new jack swing into their music, which led to the group featured prominently with hip hop artists during the 1990s. Each album released by the group during this period attained platinumcertification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and helped to redefine the genre, allowing for developments in thematic and musical content within R&B.
In 1996, they announced a hiatus (though continuing to work on music as a group), which prompted K-Ci & JoJo to branch off as a duo, releasing five albums until 2013,when the group re-united for their fourth studio album, The Past, The Present, The Future (2015). Jodeci has sold more than 20 million records worldwide to date.Complex magazine ranks the group 1st on their “1990s Male R&B Group Pyramid of Excellence” list in 2014, one of the most influential groups of the 1990s, and the best R&B group of all time. Jodeci’s last manager was Damon “Smooth” Hart.