Jo Elle Soulmate


Soulmate is about best friends that stand by our side like a second family, who know the tunes our hearts dance to.» – Jo Elle

Music is Jo Elle’s home, and her heart has been beating to reggae for years. The passionate singer and songwriter Jo Elle endows her songs with a zest for life, sings about different aspects of it, and nestles in your ear with her suavely smoky and soulful voice. Her second album «Soul Journey» appeared in 2019, and is accompanied live by the reggae band The Mighty Roots, star-studded with exceptional talents. But she can also be heard in small format, in unplugged combos or DJ sound shows.

Soulmate is one of four singles released in anticipation of the album Female Reggae Voices», perhaps the first ever Riddim Selection in which only female voices are heard.

More than a dozen national and international reggae singers perform over an instrumental created through an initiative by Open Seasons guitarist Res Staudenmann and produced in collaboration with Ludovic Hoarau, Oli Bösch, and Thomas Ola. They include emerging artists such as Joby Jay from Jamaica, SumeRR from Spain, and Samora from the Netherlands. Like Jo Elle with Soulmate, these three female singers released their own singles, Queens, Black, and Free Up, pushing female singers into the spotlight for reggae lovers and music fans in general. The aim of the project is to draw the public’s attention to female artists who – despite the success of the scene’s shooting stars such as Koffee and Lila Iké – still do not receive the attention they deserve. The album “Female Reggae Voices” will be released in 2020.

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Discography Jo Elle

2020: Soulmate (Single)

2019: Soul Journey (Album)

2017: Jo Elle meets MaxRubaDub (EP)

2016: Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Single)

2016: I Weiss with Collie Herb (Single)

2015: Comfort Zone (Album)

2015: Not Gonna Worry (Single)

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