Music is Jo Elle’s home, and her heart has been beating to reggae for years. The passionate singer and songwriter from Switzerland 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.
Jo Elle grew up in rural Münsingen near Bern (Switzerland). Her introduction to music began when she started playing the piano and discovered dance as a passion at the age of six. However, her musical journey officially started when her class teacher took her away from the piano and put her behind a microphone.
But before Jo Elle entered the stage as a singer, at eighteen years old, she was faced with a decision: music or sport. Because she had another passion besides her musical talent: snowboarding, she was brilliant as a junior world champion, went to the World Cup as a professional athlete, and was in the top 12 of the halfpipe world rankings. After her resounding success on the snowboard, Jo Elle retired from professional sport.
In 2011, Jo Elle returned to her musical home with her first reggae dub band, The Stasers. Then, she started writing songs, and her first album became a reality.
In 2015 her debut album, Comfort Zone, was released with the single, Not Gonna Worry, for which she shot a video in San Francisco (California). She followed that release with a summer of concert performances.
In 2016, Jo Elle met up with the legendary Swiss reggae band, The Mighty Roots, which supports her live performances to this day. In the same year, she released the dancehall track Shimmy Shimmy Ya, an energetic remake of the ODB classic, in collaboration with producer and keyboardist Mikey Board. She followed the release by collaborating with Collie Herb on his single I Weiss.
In 2017 Jo Elle joined forces with DJ Max RubaDub, famous for his creative remixes. The result was an EP, Jo Elle Meets MaxRubaDub, with five new remix versions from the album Comfort Zone.
Jo Elle’s most original album to date, Soul Journey, was released in 2019. Traveling new roads brought her closer to her musical goal of reggae in nine songs, multi-faceted and full of soul. Soul Journey included songs, We Do It, the reverberating and touching duet Day Will Come (featuring Akeem Garrison from Kingston, Jamaica); the wonderfully acoustic and intimate Dreamer; and the bittersweet RUN BABY; is a record for fans of Caribbean vibes, strong lyrics, with a variety of themes. Various radio appearances followed, and in the summer of 2019, the Soul Journey tour got underway with a band of ten and a new live show.
In 2020 she released another single called Soulmate in collaboration with Female Reggae Voices.
2021 back with her Song GIVE THANKS in collaboration with Vybz Boxx Entertainment on the EP Live And Love Riddim.
Jo Elle ends 2022 appearing on dESH.DUBS’ collaborative new single, Luna Shine On. The track features an infectious sound and a critical, exhilarating message to anyone battling suicidal thoughts.