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"The only people for me are the mad ones." So goes the quote Ajo lives by, famously written by literary iconoclast, Jack Kerouac. "Ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles."
'Bama-born & Chicago-bred, Ajo (pronounced \'āy-joe\) has lived a mad existence of her own, getting her start in music by making up raps and teaching TLC choreo in the schoolyard. By 2007 she was turf war-ing with the local EMT for practice space, and in 2008, met her mentor, Christine Correa - a 5 foot dynamo from India who taught her about Jazz.
The years that followed were illuminating, transforming the once talent-show-dropout into a dynamic songstress who has opened for the likes of Rocky Rivera and Awkwafina. A highly-decorated poet, Ajo aims to infuse a confessional style of writing into her musical works, taking cues from other greats ranging from Guru to Tracy Chapman.
Ajo has performed at venues across NYC - Gibson Showroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Columbia University, et al - as well as this year's Tinderbox Festival, an annual showcase of established & emerging female-fronted bands. In addition to playing live, she is currently planning an EP release for all the #mad1s out there.
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#1 Rated College Music Act (Chegg's Nat'l College Battle of the Bands, 2011)
Placement on The Black Rock Coalition's 25th Anniversary Album