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
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 964
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1156
A Penny For Your Thoughts Jazz Mar 6, 2006 4439
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1336
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2058
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3530
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 998
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1236
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 984
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1529
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1393
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1318
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1726
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1276
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1291
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 747
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 845
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 665
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1081
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1935
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1200
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1488
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3117
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1731
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 986
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 718
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1928
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1922
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1737
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1196
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2195
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3085
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 846
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1532
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1070
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 803
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 664
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1373
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2300
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1235
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1416
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1572
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1486
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1317
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2163
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1051
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1197
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1586
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1462
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1379
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 879
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3268
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4765
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2701
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 624
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1324
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1263
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1550
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 610
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1305
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1411
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 634
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1094
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 1960
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 781
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 989
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3844
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1080
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3562
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1358

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15640
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6674
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 3872
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2760
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1699
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2836
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3127
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4053
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2420
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3469

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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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