Joanna Klepko, known as Cleo, was born in Szczecin and has a twin brother, Piotr. She spent her early years in Warsaw’s Ursynów district. She later graduated from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences with a master’s degree in landscape architecture. During her studies, she lived in Paris for six months.
Before her solo career, Cleo sang in a gospel choir called “Soul Connection”. Her first win was in the Polish contest Studio Garaż in the Rhythm and blues category. Cleo has collaborated with artists like Pezet, Onar, Pih, Ramona 23, WSRH, Wet Fingers, and Endefis.
In 2011, Cleo showcased her talent in the Polish edition of X Factor. Two years later, she began working with Donatan. Their song “My Słowianie” represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The song finished 14th overall, despite scoring 5th place in the public voting.
In 2015, Cleo participated in the fourth season of Taniec z Gwiazdami (Dancing with the Stars). She ended up placing third. That same year, Cleo signed with Universal Music Poland and released her first single “Zabiorę Nas”.
In 2016, Cleo continued to release music, and in September, she was nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award in the “Best Polish Artist” category. In May 2017, she released an updated version of her second album, Bastet, featuring two new songs. Later that year, she confirmed she was working on her third studio album.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, Cleo released a series of singles and music videos, including a World Cup support song for the Polish national football team, and she began coaching on The Voice Kids. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic delaying her new album release, she continued to release singles, with her third album, “superNOVA”, finally dropping in September 2020.
Cleo has also appeared in advertisements for Media Expert and was named the chain store’s artistic director in 2020. In 2021, she released more singles, including “Kocham” and “Polskie Mexico”, and the latter’s music video racked up 260,000 views in an hour on YouTube. By October, she released another single “Dalej”, featuring Maryla Rodowicz.
In 2023, she released a single with the title “Kaminowe usta”.