Josey Roots

We are delighted and excited that the fabulous and talented Josey Roots will be performing in the Ball Room at the Emporium. Don’t miss out on her stunning performance.

Here’s a bit about the woman behind the voice…..

Josey Roots formerly known as Jo Caesar

A singer/songwriter from East London, who has 20+ years experience in music. She has worked and performed with a variety of musicians and artists, that include: Luciano, Bounty Killer, Mafia and Fluxy, Gappy Ranks, King Sounds and Caron Wheeler (who provided the backing vocals on Jo’s first single) ‘Sometimes released on her (then) own independent label ‘Sound Box Music’ in 2000 on vinyl.

In her early 20’s Ron-Tom (founder of Sugababes) managed her in a girl group. Josey had the opportunity to be able to co-write with Kim Mazelle (House music pioneer) and songwriter Tara Collins (daughter of Joan Collins). In 2001 she joined Jetstar Record label. featuring on the ‘Pop Hits Inna Reggae’ compilation albums. Some of her cover versions included:

  • Mary J. Blige – Enough cryin.
  • Corrine Bailey Rae – Put your record on
  • Toni Braxton – Let it flow

2005 Josey, Maxwell D and Junior Brat, formed a trio under the name ‘Musketeers’ releasing a single with a video entitled ‘I’ll be there’ which played on MTV, Base and Channel AKA formerly known as Channel- U.

But her biggest achievement to date by her own admission was a performance at Wembley SSE arena, 2011 at the One-Love peace festival, whilst in her third trimester of pregnancy. She performed ‘Coming on strong what was then unreleased. And also sang BV’s for the other acts.

In 2012 she flew to Jamaica to do backing vocals at the Western consciousness festival. Sharing the stage with Marcia Griffith, Lee scratch Perry and Beres Hammond and more. Then in 2015 Josey set herself a personal task and entered into a talent competition, beating hundreds of hopefuls from all over Britain to become the winner of the reggae X-factor UK, held at London’s prestigious Shaw Theatre. It was her unique sound, stage presence and what seemed to be an effortless but passionate delivery of Shirley Browns ‘This used to be your house’ [available for download] that helped her wow the crowd and judges.

Jah and Never see me cry’ were two other original singles that Josey put out before she took a hiatus from the music. ‘Never see me cry’ was released independently, she co-wrote and co-produced.

Returning in 2018 with more ammunition and focus, equipped for success, her first booking upon her return was at the Grand Theatre London. A night called ‘Legacy’ where she gave an electrifying live performance of her hit single Coming on strong and an exclusive of an unreleased song ‘Different kind’

Now backed by (JAT MUZIC UK management) Josey had headlined London’s Brixton ritzy cinema *Catch a fire presents… Jo Caesar, (a one-woman show) backed by a 5 piece band.  

Josey delivered what was a professional fun filled show. Her reviews were “inspiring, captivating and energetic”

Mrs Roots is coming on strong, from strength to strength. She continues to write and perform whilst preparing for her 6 track EP and launch.