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
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1422
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2412
These Tears Folk May 15, 2006 1521
A Penny For Your Thoughts Jazz Mar 6, 2006 4823
Bird Jazz May 4, 2006 2273
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1654
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 723
At First Sight Pop May 6, 2006 1211
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1268
The Nightingale Folk Sep 10, 2006 1606
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 8, 2006 1649
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 10, 2006 1996
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4903
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1381
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 1095
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 2034
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1371
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 20, 2006 1859
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 17, 2006 2306
20 Years Folk Jul 30, 2011 852
I Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3262
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 1044
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3916
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3662
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1131
The Tin Box Folk May 31, 2010 886
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1362
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 15, 2008 910
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 752
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 1, 2010 710
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1427
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 12, 2006 1284
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 1044
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3613
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 30, 2006 1552
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 1031
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1382
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1108
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1253
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1621
Breath Folk Mar 4, 2006 1474
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1454
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 943
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3446
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2752
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1430
Hot Jazz Mar 23, 2006 1337
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1555
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 16, 2006 1664
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1830
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 1053
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 652
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3197
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 11, 2006 1791
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1393
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1505
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 2015
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 680
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1150
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 2049
Eviction Folk Feb 2, 2009 863
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1153
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1431
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2187
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1138
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1539
The Raven Other Mar 7, 2006 1250
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1381
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 794
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 922

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 4095
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 22, 2006 16090
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 7029
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2581
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1807
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3549
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3217
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4204
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 28, 2007 2953
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2915
When Tears Rain Down (a collaboration) Alternative Feb 8, 2005 1493

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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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