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 4654
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1353
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3344
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1623
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2212
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1110
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1415
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1526
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 760
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1568
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1308
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1408
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1265
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1474
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1624
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1379
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1777
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1790
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3886
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1124
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3628
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 708
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 689
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 1017
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 1004
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1085
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4832
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1354
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3156
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1468
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1979
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1979
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1338
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 664
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1129
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 2020
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2126
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1390
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 846
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2363
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3572
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1971
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1227
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1504
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 913
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1304
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1607
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 635
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1349
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 826
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2252
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3182
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 884
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 1016
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1108
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 879
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1521
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1573
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1441
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1228
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2726
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 671
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 1037
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1762
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 1042
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1190
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1338
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1232
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 808
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1397

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6875
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2847
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 4001
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3520
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1762
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3176
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2895
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2496
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15923
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4137

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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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