Ida Jo's musical style builds on a long history of blending folk, rock, and gospel music. On violin, Ida Jo employs a seldom heard technique that is a combination of a folk fiddle style called "chopping" and her extensive classical training. It has been praised as "masterful and unexpected" (Emmie Music Magazine), "inventive yet accessible" (AV Club - Madison) and "avoiding rootsy fiddle or orchestral indie cliches" (The Isthmus).
On her second full length record, Ida Jo continues to push the musical and lyrical boundaries of pop music. In a world where most pop music marries predicatble chord structures to even time signatures (4/4), Ida Jo embraces quite teh opposite. Five out of the 12 songs on Singer In the Band, her second full length record, are in 5/4. An odd time signature usually reserved for contemporary jazz or electronic music.
"Perhaps most surprising is not Ida Jo's violin playing, which is stellar, but her vocals" (Local Sounds Magazine). Ida Jo sings with her heart on her sleeve, brining out "a personality that is rich in experience and introspection; one that people accept as authentic in artists they appreciate most and is capable of moving them in a genuine and sincere manner" (Local Sounds Magazine).