In this our finale of our three-part in-depth interview with JoJo McDuffie former lead singer of The Mary Jane Girls: JoJo talks about being a pioneering girl group in the 80’s, the real story behind the name of the group, the large number of artists who have sampled The Mary Jane Girls catalog and how many of these artists have not cited JoJo as an influence both in the media as well as in person. There is a very interesting anecdote that JoJo has about the LL Cool J hit “Around The Way Girl” which features JoJo’s vocals in a very prominent role. This is a must listen!

JoJo McDuffie(The Mary Jane Girls) Interview Finale by GrownFolksMusic

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.