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
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1120
A Penny For Your Thoughts Jazz Mar 6, 2006 4686
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 859
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 721
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 894
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1320
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1633
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 919
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4848
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1387
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1625
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3162
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3579
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1527
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3636
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1413
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1270
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1358
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1428
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1986
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1241
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3891
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1571
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2137
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1111
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 890
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 692
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2377
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1479
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 1020
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1630
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 1007
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2226
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1973
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1087
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1231
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1581
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1446
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1510
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1231
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3362
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2728
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 685
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1355
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1307
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1527
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1787
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 1038
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 639
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1358
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1763
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 1053
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1194
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1350
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 762
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1474
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1994
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1342
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 667
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1133
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1797
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 2020
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 837
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2262
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 818
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3204
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 1018
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1124
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1401
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1398

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
When Tears Rain Down (a collaboration) Alternative Feb 8, 2005 1394
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15953
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6894
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 4018
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2863
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2905
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3526
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1774
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3183
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4154
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2505

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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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