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
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 1923
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3051
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2040
A Penny For Your Thoughts Jazz Mar 6, 2006 4378
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1187
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1348
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1063
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1575
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1385
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1527
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 985
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1291
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1398
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1919
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1076
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 727
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3547
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1211
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 949
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2145
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1926
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1501
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1439
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1196
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3239
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2697
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1290
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 598
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1251
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1702
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3080
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1713
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 620
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1183
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2183
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 832
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1304
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 796
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 840
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 649
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 657
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1363
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2287
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1228
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1405
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 975
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3522
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1549
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1477
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1313
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1076
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1042
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1367
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 868
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4734
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1310
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1478
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 598
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 972
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1144
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1259
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 708
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1901
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1280
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1725
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 768
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 979
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3806
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1069
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1524

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15510
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6597
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 3835
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4028
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2715
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3449
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1680
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2808
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2396
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3112

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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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