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Nashville singer who lost home to tornadoes, dad to COVID-19 hopes to inspire others through music

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Posted at 6:23 PM, May 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-16 07:36:51-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One Nashville singer is turning her hardships into music.

CoJo Ko lost her North Nashville home last year in March to the tornado.

"I heard the sirens go off and I’m like what’s happening," Ko said. "As soon as I took cover, windows exploded and roofs were flying off."

Then her music gigs got canceled because of the pandemic. But worst of all, her parents both got diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19.

Unfortunately, her dad didn't make it and passed away in December.

"He was just a great man," Ko said. "Everyone always knew him for his barbecue food and his smile."

It wasn't easy but Ko says she knew she had to finish the song "Smile" despite her hardships. It was also a way to pay homage to the man who meant the most to her.

"I'm wearing these Army print shoes because he’s an Army veteran," Ko said. "It's just such an honor to be able to do what I know he knew I enjoyed most which is singing and getting new music out."

The artist says she hopes to inspire others through her music.

"After my last show at ACME a young lady inbox me later and said, 'you really helped me in a deep dark place' and I said, 'yes mission accomplished' because you never know what people are going through," Ko said.

Ko is still displaced from the tornado but says she's thankful to be staying with family in Madison.

If you want to listen and download her new single, click here.

Ko will also be releasing her own fragrance under the same name on her website.