– Neue Single «Soulmate» - out now
«Soulmate is about best friends that stand by our side like a second family, who know the tunes our hearts...Read Biography
Neue Single «Soulmate» - out now
«Soulmate is about best friends that stand by our side like a second family, who know the tunes our hearts dance to.» - Jo Elle
«Soulmate» is one of four singles released in anticipation of the album «Female Reggae Voices», perhaps the first ever Riddim Selection in which only female voices are heard.
More than a dozen national and international reggae singers perform over an instrumental created through an initiative by Open Seasons guitarist Res Staudenmann and produced in collaboration with Ludovic Hoarau, Oli Bösch, and Thomas Ola. They include emerging artists such as Joby Jay from Jamaica, SumeRR from Spain, and Samora from the Netherlands. Like Jo Elle with Soulmate, these three female singers released their own singles, Queens, Black, and Free Up, pushing female singers into the spotlight for reggae lovers and music fans in general. The aim of the project is to draw the public's attention to female artists who – despite the success of the scene's shooting stars such as Koffee and Lila Iké – still do not receive the attention they deserve. The album «Female Reggae Voices» will be released in mid-summer of 2020.
About Jo Elle
Music is Jo Elle’s home, and her heart has been beating to reggae for years. The passionate singer and songwriter Jo Elle endows her songs with a zest for life, sings about different aspects of it, and nestles in your ear with her suavely smoky and soulful voice. Her second album «Soul Journey» appeared in 2019, and is accompanied live by the reggae band The Mighty Roots, star-studded with exceptional talents. But she can also be heard in small format, in unplugged combos or DJ sound shows.
Single - Soulmate
Album - Soul Journey
EP - Jo Elle Meets MaxRubaDub
Single - Shimmy Shimmy Ya/ Videoclip Mikey Board feat. Jo Elle
Single - I Weiss/Videoclip Collie Herb feat. Jo Elle
Album - Comfort Zone
Single «Not Gonna Worry» -Videoclip
Jo Elle grew up in rural Münsingen near Bern (Switzerland). She started playing the piano and discovered dance as a passion at the age of six. It was her class teacher who took her away from the piano and put her behind a microphone, which is where her musical journey really started. But before Jo Elle entered the stage as a singer, at eighteen years old she was faced with a decision: music or sport. Because she had another passion besides her musical talent: snowboarding. She was brilliant as junior world champion, went to the World Cup as a professional athlete and was in the top 12 of the halfpipe world rankings. After her resounding success on the snowboard, Jo Elle retired from professional sport.
In 2011 it came to this: Jo Elle arrived in her musical home with her first reggae dub band The Stasers. She started to write songs and her first album started to become a reality.
In 2015 her debut album «Comfort Zone» appeared with the single «Not Gonna Worry», for which she shot a video in San Francisco (California). This was followed by a summer of amazing concerts.
In 2016 Jo Elle met up with the legendary Swiss reggae band «The Mighty Roots», which accompanies her live performances today. In the same year she released the dancehall track «Shimmy Shimmy Ya», an energetic remake of the ODB classic, in collaboration with producer and keyboardist Mikey Board. This was followed by further collaboration with Collie Herb on his single «I Weiss».
In 2017 Jo Elle joined forces with DJ Max RubaDub, who is popular for his creative remixes. The result was an EP «Jo Elle Meets MaxRubaDub», with five new remix versions from the album «Comfort Zone».
Jo Elle’s most authentic album to date «Soul Journey» was released in 2019. Travelling new roads brought her closer to her musical goal: reggae in nine songs, multi-faceted and full of soul. «Soul
Journey» made up of songs like the propulsive «We Do It» the reverberating and touching duet «Day Will Come» (featuring Akeem Garrison from Kingston, Jamaica), the wonderfully acoustic and intimate «Dreamer», and the bittersweet «Run Baby», is a record for fans of Caribbean vibes and strong lyrics with a variety of themes. Various radio appearances followed and in summer 2019 the Soul Journey tour got underway with a band of ten and a new live show.
A second festival tour was planned for 2020, but Covid-19 has affected Jo Elle as well and all her major concerts have been cancelled or postponed. A few smaller appearances are planned through to the end of 2020.
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