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**INOJ (pronounced I know J) is an R&B/bass music musician. She was born Ayanna Porter on November 27, 1976, in Madison, Wisconsin.**

**During college in Washington D.C., she was in a group called Spellbound.**

**In 1997, she released her debut single, "Love You Down", a cover of Ready for the World's 1986 hit, and released a cover version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time" under So So Def Records in 1998. In 1999, she released her debut album, Ready for the World. She also released a cover version of "Ring My Bell" as a single, though it did not receive much exposure. She is often mistakenly credited for the track "My Boo", performed by the Ghost Town DJ's.**


**Inoj (pronounced "I know J") began singing at age 7, performed with her high school's choir, and joined a group called Spellbound during her college years. With Spellbound, Inoj supported acts like Regina Belle, Hi Five and the Whispers on East Coast gigs. She also found work as a session singer around her hometown of Washington D.C. In 1998 she released two singles of her own, her debut "Love You Down" and a cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," which was also included on So So Def Bass Compilation Vol. 3. Inoj's version of the disco standard Ring My Bell appeared in 1999, followed by her debut album Ready For The World.**

* Genre: Rhythm & Blues
* Active: '90s
* Representative Album: "Ready for the World"

***Popular Songs Performed by inoj***

* "Love You Down", 20 weeks, peak #25 - US
* "Time After Time", 16 weeks, peak #6 - US
* "Ring My Bell", didn't chart
by Kevin Sorensen March 11, 2008
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