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 4507
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 1992
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4787
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 620
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1946
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1352
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3543
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1590
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1501
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2183
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1066
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1326
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 1005
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1174
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3115
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1085
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 816
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1264
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 861
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 679
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2325
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 979
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1331
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1953
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1605
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1417
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1214
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 890
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3299
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2712
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1336
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 637
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1500
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 1012
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1744
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1300
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1948
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1308
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1759
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1209
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 765
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3588
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1547
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2088
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 672
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1388
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1245
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1441
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 997
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1096
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1211
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1546
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1490
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1395
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1337
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1279
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1574
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1746
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3128
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 732
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1434
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 643
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1112
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 795
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2222
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 860
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 996
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3863
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1096
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1370

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4082
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2444
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3493
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15724
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6747
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1723
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2857
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 3912
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3143
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2790

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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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