JO MANI – Rising Phenom : By Columnist Dwight Hobbes
Jo Mani can jump start a lightning bolt. The triple-threat actor- comedian-vocalist has “can’t-miss” stamped all over her in block letters.
This film, television and stage ace owns an enviable track record. Joshua Tree, Absolute Debauchery, SyFy’s The Resistance, CBS’ Touched By An Angel and, on stage, Daughters Of The Lone Star State. Featured screen appearances include films with, Della Reese, Louis Gossett, Jr., Corbin Bernsen and Jenifer Lewis. She worked with Vivica A. Fox, Paula Jai Parker and Sheryl Lee Ralph in the television hit, Pastor Jones. In comedy (Laugh Factory, Dee Undaground Tour, Family Room), her stand-up blows away crowd after crowd. A siren songbird, she’s recording her CD debut with producer Marcus "Bellringer" Bell for independent release. The album calls on R&B chops culled from singing jazz, gospel and blues in nightclubs.
Currently, Jo Mani is filming Project Purgatory Beijing for 2015 release. And stunning viewers of popular web series The Refuge, showcased as drop-dead gorgeous, mean as a snake villain “Natasha”. Summer 2011, she’s featured in Double Cross (DVD) directed by Gary Sturgis. This fall she’s in Joshua Tree with Michael Madsen and Steven Bauer. Don't be surprised if you see Jo on your TV screens very soon!
It doesn’t step out on a limb to say this gifted artist has a strong career ahead of her.
Twin Cities arts columnist Dwight Hobbes (Mpls/St. Paul Magazine) swears, “There’s no hotter iron in the fire than powerhouse performer Jo Mani. Think chops on the order of Lena Horne, Lola Falana and Pearl Bailey rolled into one with a touch of Mae West. Then, take it up a notch. That’s Jo Mani.”