Jojo singer Barbara Benton is not your average weekend singer.
She’s a three-time Grammy winner, a two-time Tony Award nominee and a star of the hit TV series The Bachelor.
But she’s not a typical weekend singer, either.
She doesn’t sing a weeknight show.
She writes her own songs.
And her lyrics aren’t just about singing.
They’re about family.
She says her singing and her family are a part of who she is.
“My whole life I have been a very solitary person,” she says.
“I have never really had a family.
I’ve never had friends.
My whole life has been about this.
And now I’m a part-time mother and my life is full of people and I’m so happy and blessed.”
Jojo is from the Bronx, and as a child she had trouble staying in touch with her family.
So, in the mid-2000s, she began writing songs about family and friends that she thought would help her reconnect with her own family.
“So many people have given me such a chance to sing, and to share with the world and to be part of the song that’s so important,” Jojo says.
She had already written her own hits, but she had a hard time finding the right songs to share.
“Theres so many great songs that I love and so many songs that are just not the same for me,” Jojos songwriter says.
When she started to write her own material, she was frustrated that the songs didn’t sound like anything else.
“Some of them are like the most popular songs that have ever been written.
So theres just so many things that are so original and so unique that just don’t have that same feeling that I was going for,” Jojen says.
So she set out to create a collection of songs that would be like a musical version of songs she had written.
She wrote about her own struggles with depression, and about her family, and her friends, and the people she met along the way.
And she wanted to make sure that the stories she told were grounded in reality.
“And so, the songs that we are writing, they are really just the songs of the people that are in the same situation that I am,” Jojamos singer says.
Jojo’s songs are about finding a way to make sense of what happened and what she’s done, while she continues to create music that can be shared.
Jojoes songs have been shared across social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
And the results are remarkable.
“She has been really inspiring and uplifting for so many people, both myself and my family,” Jojeros daughter, Jessica Benton, says.
Jessica says Jojo made it her mission to make music that would make a difference in her own life.
“You have to have a story.
You have to be able to show people that there is a different side to you that they can relate to,” Jessica says.
But in the past, Jojo was hesitant to share her music with the public.
“People would come up to me and say, ‘Are you recording this?’
And I would say, yes, I am.
And then they would be happy and they would think, ‘I like this because it sounds like you are actually doing this,'” Jojo tells ABC News.
“But I would also say, this is my first time doing it, and I didn’t want to take the risk of them being hurt or disappointed because I don’t know if I could do it.”
So Jessica, Joj, and Jojo-s sister, Sarah, put together a fund to help fund Jojos music recording.
The idea was to get the money for a new recording and then give it to Jojys family.
But there was one hurdle that Jessica and Joj had to clear.
“It wasn’t an easy thing to get people to believe,” Jojcobart says.
And it wasn’t just because of the public reaction to her music.
“Because of what people are thinking about what I’m doing, people feel they have a right to say it, to ask me questions,” Jessica explains.
“A lot of people are feeling that way because of what they see on social media.
They are going, ‘You are doing this?
You are doing that?’
And that is not the case.”
So they teamed up with the nonprofit Singing With Jojo, a nonprofit that provides online support for people who need help finding and recording new music.
Singing with Jojo helped Jojo find her inspiration.
“This is really an opportunity for us to show that we have a voice and that we can write music,” Joajobart tells ABC.
And in order to help Jojobs family get through this difficult time, they teamed with an independent producer to make the