Last Saturday, Nov. 14, the “Too Little Too Late” singer has taken to her Instagram account a touching tribute to her father who recently died at age 60.
The young singer posted a sweet photo of herself and her dad and wrote alongside with the photo, “I missed you even while you were here. I will miss you infinitely more now that you're gone. Thank you for holding on as long as you did. I know you tried your best. You are free now. I will love you always, Dad. I can feel you with me. Rest now. In PEACE. I miss your voice. I wish more people could have heard it. I promise I will keep singing for you. Joel Maurice Levesque. January 8, 1955- November 14, 2015.”
A photo posted by JoJo (@iamjojo) on Nov 14, 2015 at 11:17am PST
According to Us Weekly, JoJo (real name Joanna Noelle Levesque), who rose to fame in the mid-2000s alongside singers like Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Mandy Moore, grew up in a home filled with music.
In an interview with US Today back in 2004, JoJo's father, Joel, was a blues singer and her mom, Diane, had a background in musical theater and was a church soloist. "I just listened and learned," Levesque said.
Daughter of Joel Levesque and Diana Blagden, JoJo was born born with her mother's last name, but it was later changed to her father's, IMDb wrote. Her father is of French-Canadian descent. Her mother has English, Irish, Polish, and Scottish ancestry.
She was also considered as Disney's first choice for the title role in Hannah Montana (2006), but turned it down. Reflecting on the show's success and the star power it gave Miley Cyrus, JoJo claimed to have no regrets.