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
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1629
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1529
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4849
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2265
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 687
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3636
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2138
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 861
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1321
A Penny For Your Thoughts Jazz Mar 6, 2006 4687
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 726
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1631
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2227
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1232
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1388
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1528
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1788
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1359
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 1054
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1351
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1475
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 1995
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1241
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 819
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3205
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1399
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1111
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 890
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 692
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1413
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2377
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1270
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1480
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 1020
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3579
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 1007
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1358
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1121
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1973
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1087
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1231
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1633
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1581
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1446
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1510
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1428
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 919
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3363
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2728
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1355
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1307
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 1038
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 639
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3162
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1763
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1194
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 762
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 1986
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1342
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 667
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1133
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1798
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 2020
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 838
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 896
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 1018
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3892
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1125
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1401
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1571

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 15956
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 6898
When Tears Rain Down (a collaboration) Alternative Feb 8, 2005 1400
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1776
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2507
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2866
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 4019
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3184
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4155
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3526
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2906

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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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