Josephine Gore grew up singing in Spring Hill Baptist Church alongside her father who was the church pianist and deacon. The daddy-daughter duo performed extensively at churches and revivals throughout southeastern North Carolina. Church audiences were enthralled with the four-year-old’s ability to memorize an entire catalog of hymns and spirituals. She was the little girl with the big voice.
As a teenager, she would plunder through her grandfather’s record collection, playing albums by Mahalia Jackson, Ray Charles, James Brown and Nina Simone. She’s been hooked on jazz, blues, and soul ever since.
Jo Gore mesmerizes audiences with her angelic voice and electrifying stage presence while remaining true to her love of classic, soul and jazz standards. Each performance is full of love, life, music, and story-telling. These days, she’s the woman with the big voice and audiences are still enthralled.