JoJo dishes on her new album

Steps Up

What's better than covering the red, check that, orange carpet for an evening? Truly supporting its endeavors. Every year the Step Up Women's Network, a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls, holds a star-studded Inspiration Awards fundraising event celebrating the year's most inspirational women.

JoJo dazzles at the Step Up Women event in NYC

Stepping up for women

This year's special event with main sponsors of Crystal Light was a real treat. For starters it was held at the IAC Building, an architectural Mecca by Frank Gehry. This is contemporary cool.

But now for the guests: hosted by supermodel and TV personality Veronica Webb, A-listers included Kelly Rutherford ("Gossip Girl"), Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), Nicole Miller, Lydia Hearst, Bethenny Frenkel ("Housewives of New York City"), Connor Paolo ("Gossip Girl"), Jess Weiner (best-selling author) and more.

We caught up with the incredibly grounded JoJo prior to her special performance during the evening's festivities. Don't let her seventeen years fool you, this singing prowess is wise beyond her years.

SheKnows: What does it mean to you to step up?

JoJo:It means to be an empowered young women and to empower other young women. As females they should uplift each other and support each other, make smart decisions together and have an open dialogue instead of being catty towards each other.

SheKnows: Who inspired you to step up?

JoJo:My mom is an incredible woman and she empowers me every day.

JoJo's 'Everything'

SheKnows: What projects are you currently working on?

JoJo:I'm currently working on my new album called 'All I Want is Everything.' There will be a single out in August and I'm about halfway through the recording process so the album should be out by the end of this year and if not, then early next year.

SheKnows: What can we expect, is it the same JoJo we know and love or is it different?

JoJo:I would say it's quite different. As young as I still am I'm not thirteen. I feel like I'm turning into a young woman and I've experienced a lot in the past four years. I'm writing pretty much everything on this album, co-writing, producing, being completely centered in the creative process. I wouldn't have it any other way so I'm putting my experiences and my thoughts on paper and I'm able to do something that I think my fans will love.

SheKnows: Do you have any more acting roles coming up?

JoJo:I have a lifetime movie coming out in the fall, actually. It's called "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet." It was a lot of fun to do and we did it in Canada but my huge exciting thing is this new record that's coming out.

Gearing up for her latest record 'Everything'SheKnows: You seem so grounded. Who or what do you attribute this to?

JoJo:Boston, Massachusetts. I really do. I still live there. It's been the best thing for me, living there. My aunt and uncle are a street away and I walk to their house. I drive myself everywhere. I go to the grocery store and I do completely normal things.

SheKnows: Do you have any fun summer vacations coming up?

JoJo:I'm going to Atlanta, LA and Miami, all great locations. I have family in Atlanta so it's all about the way you look at it. I have fun when I work.

SheKnows: What's one thing your fans would be surprised to know about you?

JoJo:Um…that (pause)…I (longer pause)…I don't know. I really don't know.

SheKnows: Switching gears…"Sex & the City?"

JoJo:Oh my goodness, Yes! I wanted to go to the premiere so bad. I can't wait to see it, I was a big fan, even though I'm young. You know, it's scandalous, it's wonderful, the fashion's great.

SheKnows: Which character are you most similar to?

JoJo:I would say probably I'm like Carrie but I like Samantha because she's so out there.

SheKnows: Who are you wearing?

JoJo:I don't know but I like it and the shoes I know are Guiseppe. I didn't know my toes would be showing and I have green on but that's ok.

SheKnows: I'm a fan, I like it!

JoJo: Thank you, thank you.

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Comments on "JoJo dishes on her new album"

Sadam February 03, 2012 | 9:33 AM

I Love u jojo so much, u r so pretty.

Tahirah Greene June 14, 2010 | 8:52 AM

I already heard most of those songs from that album on youtube I'm telling you when that album comes out I'm camping out in front of the music store to get the first one. I'm a huge fan of Jo-Jo and I sing myself and hope to be a professional someday myself.

Raynold March 14, 2010 | 6:55 AM

Her album leaked somehow :(

Stephanie March 10, 2010 | 3:26 PM

omg i love jojo sooooo much. I just couldnt wait for her new album cause its been so long. i am soo excited, she is just my favorite singer!!!!!

farzin January 01, 2010 | 5:49 AM

i love favorite singer

navid September 21, 2009 | 3:19 AM

Hi U R gr8 jojo I love U. U R my favorite american singer.I'm from iran. LOVE

yarid June 14, 2009 | 8:15 AM

how aer you

Icha March 24, 2009 | 5:37 AM

Always love jojo

chloe January 20, 2009 | 5:07 AM

hi just want to say something lm 14 and l cant beleave lm related to joanna on my popa side of the family but l very upset that she doesnt want to know her australian relatives and she never doesn,t say she got cousins in oz and aunty connie is a nasty my aunty and jojo best aunty

Hannah January 18, 2009 | 2:27 PM

I cant wait for the new album to come out.I love jojo's music.She has the prettiest voice ever

shanita December 09, 2008 | 9:57 AM

I love you jojo

Mueni November 02, 2008 | 7:54 PM

hey Jojo we went to the same school in Orange County. remember EL Potel. u hanged out with Alison Buck. man long time no chat. even thou we were neva close friemds or we neva talked i still luv ya

dodo August 16, 2008 | 10:39 AM

hi jojo my name is dodo I'm from Iraq but I love u so much I have all your pics and songs in my mobile I love what can I do pls tell me. everynight I dream about you pls if u can just send me your new pics on my E-mail.I have a question: are you married? I wish you're not coz I want to ask your hand if u pls. bye. your crazy: dodo

wrlw August 01, 2008 | 5:13 AM

hi jojo

a&j ( jojo lover ) July 01, 2008 | 5:17 AM

I LOVE JoJo! Seriously - no sarcasm. I am excited for her new album. I wish I can go to her and see her -wow- I hope that will be real very soon

Jade June 14, 2008 | 4:01 AM

she so pretty like her better with brown hair!

pauli June 13, 2008 | 10:55 AM

me encanta, JOJO es tan linda persona, le deseo lo mejor

Denny Levesque June 11, 2008 | 5:26 PM

hey Sis...what's up...can't wait for your new song to come....i'm so proud. lol! say hi to mom for me.

Denny Levesque June 11, 2008 | 5:22 PM

My sister is rocks!!!

Abby from SheKnows June 11, 2008 | 1:01 PM

I LOVE JoJo! Seriously - no sarcasm. I am excited for her new album.

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