Brothers K-Ci & JoJo Hailey were founder members of the sexually provocative swing- beat outfit Jodeci, who enjoyed several US chart hits during the 1990s including "Lately" and "Get On Up." In 1996, K-Ci & JoJo decided to temporarily split from Jodeci to record on their own. Success came swiftly when the duo featured prominently on 2Pac's #1 single "How Do U Want It" that summer.
K-Ci & JoJo released their debut record, Love Always, in 1997. The ballad-heavy album was a stark contrast to the sex-fueled work of Jodeci. K-Ci told Billboard magazine, "With Jodeci, we might sing 'Freek'n You', and with K-Ci & JoJo, we don't use the word 'sex'".
Love Always reached the US Top 10 and went multi-platinum, spawning three Hot 100 charting singles, including April 1998's chart-topping "All My Life."
The album, which reached the US Top 10 and went multi-platinum, spawned three Hot 100 charting singles, including April 1998's chart-topping "All My Life."
JoJo penned the tender love ballad "All My Life" as a tribute to his 7-year-old daughter, Kayla, but it translates easily into an all-purpose love song.
The track almost didn't make it onto Love Always. "The song was originally supposed to be used for… another artist, a female artist on A&M Records," JoJo told MTV News. "But we listened to it after we got out of the studio and it was like, 'I'm keeping this, this is too hot.'"
The song's piano line has been sampled on several other recordings including Chris Brown's 2005 hit "Say Goodbye
" and Nelly's 2007 track "Wadsyaname