"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 2009, she was turf war-ing with the local EMT for practice space and met her mentor, Christine Correa - a 5 foot dynamo from India who taught her about Jazz.
The years that followed transformed the once talent-show-dropout into a dynamic songstress who has opened for the likes of Deerhoof, Awkwafina, and Rocky Rivera. 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:
♥ House of Vans
♥ Music Hall of Williamsburg
♥ Momma's Hip Hop Kitchen
♥ Tinderbox Festival & La Sala Rossa in Montreal!
In addition to playing live, she is currently planning release of the Déjà Boo EP for all the #mad1s out there.
Honorable Mention in the Deli's Best of NYC, 2014
Featured on URB.com, Popservations.com, UrbanSteez.com, BoldAsLove.us
Placement on The Black Rock Coalition's 25th Anniversary Album