Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, to Diana (Blagden) and Joel Levesque. She has French-Canadian (father) and Polish, English, Irish, and Scottish (mother) ancestry. Her mother, a church soloist and theatre performer, would sing hymns when Joanna was a baby. She grew up being a big fan of Whitney Houston, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald. A few years later she wanted to show her talent to the world and found an audition for Kids Say the Darndest Things (1998). She appeared at the audition and was allowed into the episode on the spot. Then, at Bill Cosby’s request, she performed “Respect” for the audience, and got an amazing response from Cosby. That’s when the calls started pouring in. First Oprah Winfrey asked her to appear on her super-popular talk show, followed by the Republican National Convention, the Boston Celtics, and Rosie O’Donnell. However, it was at the 2001 Gospelfest that she brought an entire crowd to its feet.
Next she auditioned for America’s Most Talented Kids (2003) competition. She didn’t win, but she met a man named James Womack, who introduced her to an executive at Da Family Entertainment. She signed with them, and was offered two contracts before finding her match with Blackground Records. Before her single “Leave (get out)” came out she toured with the prince of R’n’B, Mr Usher Raymond himself. Finally her single came out and went directly to the top of the American charts.
Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Mitchell in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to a Filipino mother and a father of Irish and Scottish descent. Even as a young child, she was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. Shay began dance lessons at the age of five, and she and several of her classmates toured the city to compete with a variety of other dance schools. At the age of 10, Shay’s family moved west to Vancouver, British Columbia.
When Shay was 21 years old She got one of the main roles in the popular series Pretty Little Liars, that premiere June 8 2010. When she got that role she moved to Los Angeles, and today 7 years later she still does what she loves, and she is also very active with social media, and has her own YouTube channel that is getting more and more popular.
Rita Ora is a British singer-songwriter. She was born in 1990 in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia, now Kosovo, to Vera (Bajraktari) and Besnik Sahatçiu. She is a granddaughter of director Besim Sahatçiu. At age one, her family decided to move to the United Kingdom. She grew up in West London and attended St Cuthbert with St Matthias CE Primary School in Earls Court, following which she graduated from Sylvia Young Theatre School and then St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College. She began singing from a young age.
In 2004, she appeared in the British film Spivs. Whilst never confirmed it has been theorized by multiple sources that the then young Rita had a sexual relationship with her co-star Christos-o-dodolos Zenonos. She auditioned for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You on BBC One to be the British contestant for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest but later withdrew from the competition after a few episodes as she did not feel ready.
In 2007, Ora had her first music release when she appeared on Craig David’s track entitled “Awkward” and then again in 2008 on “Where’s Your Love” featuring Tinchy Stryder, for which she also appears in the music video. Ora began singing in bars in and around London, and in 2009 a A&R told Roc Nation about Ora, a few days after Ora flew out to New York and met Jay Z. In 2009, Ora made a cameo on Jay Z’s video for “Young Forever” and “Over” by Drake. Ora caught the attention of Jay Z and he quietly signed her to Roc Nation, in which she was featured in a commercial for Roc Nation + Skullcandy Aviator Headphones.