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 4435
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1324
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 845
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3561
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2058
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1416
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1462
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1548
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3844
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 664
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 1958
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 781
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1080
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1334
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 803
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1235
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 845
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 983
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3528
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1571
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2161
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1080
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1392
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 878
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4762
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 996
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3116
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1151
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1410
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1920
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1290
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1735
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3085
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1070
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 663
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1373
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2300
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1235
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1486
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 958
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1317
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1934
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1051
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1197
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1586
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1527
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1379
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1199
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3267
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2701
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1316
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 624
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1263
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1487
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1724
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 608
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1305
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1730
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 985
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1274
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 717
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1927
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 633
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1094
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1194
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2194
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 745
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 987
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1531
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1357

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15633
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2759
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6667
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4053
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2413
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3469
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1696
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2835
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 3870
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3126

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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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