EDGEWATER, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Joanna “JoJo” Levesque of Englewood.
The pop star known as JoJo was born Dec. 20, 1990 and turns 26 on Tuesday.
She lived in Edgewater while her mother managed her career. She went to school there in the eighth grade, but was homeschooled in high school while she toured.
JoJo was 13 when her hit “Leave (Get Out)" made her the youngest artist to have a No. 1 single on Billboard‘s mainstream Top 40 chart.
She was a child star who appeared on "Kids Say the Darndest Things," "America’s Most Talented Kid," and various daytime talk shows.
She turned down the starring role in "Hannah Montana" and signed a seven-album deal with Blackground records. It ended before her third record was released, but changes in distribution and ownership put her career on hold for a decade.
She made a comeback in 2015 at age 24 and her newly-released album "Mad Love," climbed the charts, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on the iTunes pop charts, and No. 2 on iTunes overall.
JoJo will perform May 2 at Irving Plaza, Manhattan.