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
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1451
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2293
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1560
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1260
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1909
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1481
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1931
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1048
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4750
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1534
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 1952
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1187
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1198
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1302
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1719
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1148
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1403
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1082
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 735
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3068
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3552
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2047
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 843
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 659
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1410
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2150
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1191
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1514
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1483
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 988
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 601
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1298
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 711
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1284
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 623
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1733
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2187
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 836
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 982
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3822
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1312
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1350
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1065
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 798
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1217
A Penny For Your Thoughts Jazz Mar 6, 2006 4397
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 652
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1365
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1230
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 980
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3524
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 953
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1315
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1077
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1580
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1387
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1371
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 870
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3250
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2698
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 611
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1316
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1712
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3100
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 975
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1265
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1921
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 772
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1072
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1528

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15565
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2730
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2404
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6627
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3120
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4036
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1686
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2822
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3454
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 3843

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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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