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 4500
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1441
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1335
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 815
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1746
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1757
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 1991
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1388
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2183
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1066
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1395
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 619
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1096
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 678
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1245
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3541
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1589
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3298
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1336
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1499
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1325
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 729
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1948
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1112
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 795
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3114
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1084
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1263
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 860
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 672
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2324
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 997
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1499
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 978
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1330
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1095
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1952
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1211
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1604
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1546
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1416
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1489
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1211
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 888
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4784
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2711
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 636
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1279
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1574
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 1011
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3128
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1743
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 1003
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1172
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1299
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1434
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1943
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1307
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 643
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1208
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2222
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 764
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 860
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 996
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3862
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1349
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3587
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1546
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2087
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1370

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 3911
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6744
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3489
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3142
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2788
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1722
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2855
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4077
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2440
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15720

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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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