Biography

Hi, I'm Joanna (not Jo, that's someone else) and I don't have much background in music. I took piano lessons in the second grade and played the saxophone in the school band. Garageband has allowed me to indulge my love for singing beyond concerts in the shower. I love the loops because they let non-musicians like me write songs. I just slap a few loops up and start singing. It's so freeing.

My favorite part of songwriting is writing the lyrics. This makes sense, of course, because writing is what I do for a living. Recently, I've been writing books, and teaching an online class in comedy writing, but in the past I've written for television and even wrote a couple of comic books. I'm a former voice actress (talking, not singing), and even spent a few years as a technical illustrator in aerospace. Go NASA!

Without any real training in music or music theory, I approach songwrititing from an instinctual place. If something sounds good to my ears, I go with it. The kind of music I love to listen to is jazz. I love the old school female torch singers of days gone by -- people like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, Julie London, Laverne Baker, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Etta James, Billie Holliday, and the Andrews Sisters.

If you want to know more about me, check out my website, .

Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
A Penny For Your Thoughts Jazz Mar 6, 2006 4792
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1355
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3420
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 2042
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 919
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1509
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 1042
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3602
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1376
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1649
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1420
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1819
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 2004
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3912
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2402
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1534
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1243
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4890
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1550
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 649
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1261
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 857
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2296
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 1040
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3655
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 747
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 707
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1281
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1644
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1543
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1133
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1989
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1376
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1332
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1377
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3188
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 782
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 2026
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1364
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1145
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1841
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3242
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1599
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1411
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1125
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 879
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 907
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1423
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 1025
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2259
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1105
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1249
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1610
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1467
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1447
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 934
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2746
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 702
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1654
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 1050
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1786
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 1083
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1206
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1383
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1499
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 676
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 845
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1143
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1426
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2173

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6983
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1795
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2943
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2896
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 4067
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2556
When Tears Rain Down (a collaboration) Alternative Feb 8, 2005 1478
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 16035
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3540
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3209
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4183

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Other songs on iComp March 13, 2006
I joined this site late, so a couple of my collaborations are on here. One is Bees and Birds with Daphna and Mcboy, the other is Ain't No Way with Stun_Nutz
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