Jojo Martin is no stranger to gospel music. Over the years the California native has shared the stage with Tyrese, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, James Fortune, Mary Mary, Tweet and Dave Hollister.
He talks exclusively to Black America Web about his start in the business, using social media to spread the word about living with kidney disease and that viral video that instantly made him a household name.
On using social media to help get kidney:
“It’s more beneficial to actually manage your own account. It causes people to be connected to people where they feel like family. Family always means support. People always want to support who they know. I reached out for a kidney and people have responded.”
But it was Jojo’s emotional testimony during the second leg of Kirk Franklin‘s Twenty Years In One Night tour that literally catapulted him back in the forefront with a viral video, that to date has over two million views.
“This was an opportunity to have a conversation with just me and God. I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. I was active and not lying around on my death-bed so I never really talked about it. It was my opportunity to tell God exactly how I was feeling.”
To help spread the word about Renal Disease, Jojo has partnered with Gift of Hope, a not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation.
“My manager was able to speak with them and two ladies came out to a show in Chicago. They were incredibly sweet and warm. They were excited about my story. They were just wonderful people. By the time I was finished with the show they were talking about ideas on how I could get involved. A couple of weeks later I flew to Chicago and met with the great people there and it’s such an honor. There are millions of people who need organ transplants. Most of them are in our community,” he said. “I have to team up with different people to reach out to our community to let them know we have to change what we do so that we can live longer.”
Want to get involved in organ and tissue donation?
- Call your local hospital to ask about organ donation.
- Connect with a Foundation to see how you can help.
- Be open.
Check out Jojo’s single Run On below.