Joseph McCoy (born in 1989), known by the pseudonym Jo Universal, is an African-American singer, songwriter, blogger, and photographer. Known for his ambient, futuristic takes on R&B/soul sounds, it’s no surprise that the masses are gravitating to the Maryland native. Jo’s unorthodox “soul” sound is what separates him from the pack. He released two EPs in 2014, Dear Lover and After 12, both were received well by listeners; and therefore, he gained a substantial fanbase. Jo’s avant-garde musical style has drawn him to the likes of major blogs, including Afropunk, in which his song “A Million Times” was re-posted onto the blog’s official Soundcloud page. He’s released third EP Blue Haze on May 9th, which received lots of positive reviews and praise. The 26-year-old has been touring all throughout the year. In an industry with competition steep, remember his name—Jo Universal has staying power.
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