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K-Ci & JoJo
Origin Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Genres R&B
Years active 1990-2008
Labels MCA
Formula Recordings
Associated acts Jodeci, Tupac Shakur, Scatman John, Just Blaze
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey
Joel "JoJo" Hailey

K-Ci & JoJo are an American R&B duo, consisting of brothers Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey (born September 2, 1969[1] and Joel "JoJo" Hailey (born June 10, 1971[1]). Natives of Wingate, North Carolina, they were also members of the chart-topping R&B group Jodeci with the DeGrate brothers—Donald (better known as DeVante Swing) and Dalvin.


On their own

K-Ci and JoJo's first sign of independence came in 1994 when K-Ci covered Bobby Womack's hit "If You Think You're Lonely Now" for the movie Jason's Lyric. Early in 1996, K-Ci and JoJo teamed up for the song "How Could You" for the movie Bulletproof starring Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler.

By July 1996, K-Ci and JoJo finally had a hit on their hands as guest artists in 2Pac's number-one R&B hit "How Do U Want It". It also topped the Billboard Hot 100. The brothers made their side projects into a full album, Love Always. Released on June 17, 1997, the album spawned two top-ten R&B hits: "You Bring Me Up" (Pop #26) and "Last Night's Letter" (Pop #46). The minor success of those singles, however, paled in comparison to the success of the album's third single, "All My Life" (which was dedicated to JoJo's daughter). A supple, lush ballad far removed from the Jodeci material of the early 1990s, "All My Life" was the number-one song on the Hot 100 for three weeks, a feat that K-Ci and JoJo had never achieved with Jodeci. It features a piano melody very similar to that of the electric piano found backing "Dancing In The Moonlight" by King Harvest. Future singles and albums would be crafted in the vein of "All My Life", which was the duo's only number-one hit. Love Always went on to sell four million copies, and the success of the album put Jodeci's reunion on hold indefinitely.

Their second album. It's Real. was released on June 22, 1999. It spawned one major hit "Tell Me It's Real" which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's R&B charts. The "Club Asylum Steppers" remix of Tell Me It's Real has proven extremely popular within the UK Garage scene.

K-Ci and JoJo returned with X on December 5, 2000. X, the Roman numeral for ten, was picked as the album title to celebrate the Haileys' tenth anniversary in the music business. They made a strong return to the Billboard Hot 100 early in 2001 with the song "Crazy", also included on the Save the Last Dance soundtrack. "Crazy" peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

The fourth K-Ci and JoJo album, Emotional, was released on November 26, 2002, but did not find commercial success. K-Ci and JoJo released a greatest hits album on February 8, 2005.

In late 2006 K-Ci released his debut solo album entitled My Book.

In 2008, they released their fifth album called Love which was released in Japan only on February 6.

Family ties



  • 1997: Love Always 3 x Platinum (Peaked at #6 on US Billboard 200)
  • 1999: It's Real Platinum (Peaked at #8 on US Billboard 200)
  • 2000: X Platinum (Peaked at #20 on US Billboard 200)
  • 2002: Emotional (Peaked at #61 on US Billboard 200)
  • 2005: All My Life: Their Greatest Hits (Peaked at #52 on US Billboard 200)
  • 2007: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of K-Ci & JoJo
  • 2008: Love
  • 2008: Playlist Your Way


  • 1995: "If You Think You're Lonely Now" - US Pop #17, US R&B #11
  • 1996: "How Do U Want It" (2Pac featuring K-Ci & JoJo) - US Pop #1, US R&B #1, UK #17
  • 1996: "How Could You" - US Pop #53, US R&B #16
  • 1996: "Toss It Up" (Makaveli featuring K-ci & JoJo, Danny Boy & Aaron Hall) - Did not chart
  • 1997: "You Bring Me Up" - US Pop #26, US R&B #7, UK #21
  • 1997: "Last Night's Letter" - US Pop #46, US R&B #15
  • 1998: "All My Life", US Pop #1, US R&B #1, UK #8
  • 1998: "Don't Rush (Take Love Slowly)" - US R&B #24, UK #16
  • 1999: "Life" - US Pop #60, US R&B #15
  • 1999: "Tell Me It's Real" - US Pop #2, US R&B #2, UK #16
  • 1999: "Fee Fie Foe Fum"
  • 1999: "Girl"
  • 2001: "Crazy" - US Pop #11, US R&B #63, UK #35
  • 2001: "Wanna Do You Right" - US R&B #60
  • 2002: "This Very Moment" - US R&B #53

Solo albums

Awards and nominations

  • February 1997: K-Ci & JoJo were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("How Do U Want It" with 2Pac who had died the previous year).
  • September 1998: K-Ci & JoJo were nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video ("All My Life").
  • January 1999: K-Ci & JoJo won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group and were nominated for Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Love Always).
  • February 1999: K-Ci & JoJo were nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("All My Life") and Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("All My Life" with Rory Bennett).
  • February 1999: K-Ci & JoJo were nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, and a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo ("All My Life").
  • May 1999: K-Ci and JoJo took home a Blockbuster Award for Best Group - R&B.
  • January 2000: K-Ci & JoJo were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite R&B Band/Duo/Group.
  • September 2001: K-Ci & JoJo were nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film ("Crazy").


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 339. ISBN 0823074994. 
  2. ^ Dave Hollister: One Woman Man

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