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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 Love My Ukulele Folk Sep 5, 2009 3301
A Penny For Your Thoughts Jazz Mar 6, 2006 4885
Smooth As Silk Jazz Mar 13, 2006 3478
Side By Side with Dadai Collab Folk Jun 22, 2013 801
Bird Jazz May 5, 2006 2292
The Captain Folk Apr 29, 2006 1409
Lullaby For Grown-Ups Comedy Mar 18, 2006 2324
I've Been Working on the Railroad with Dadai! Collab Folk Apr 2, 2008 2436
Breath Folk Mar 5, 2006 1491
I Got a Water Pistol Named Betsy Blues Mar 17, 2006 1679
Join the Club Childrens Nov 15, 2008 1109
The Gopher's Lament Folk Sep 10, 2006 1159
Old Lady Rap Comedy Sep 20, 2010 3931
Feeling Moody Jazz Nov 29, 2008 1447
The Tin Box Folk Jun 1, 2010 913
Who Got Jazz Infomercial Comedy Feb 15, 2009 1377
Condemning Me Just to See Folk Mar 16, 2008 924
Sailor Boy Folk Feb 22, 2010 764
Never Feel Alone Folk Mar 13, 2006 1295
I Have a Voice Inspirational Mar 31, 2006 1565
24/7 A Cappella Apr 20, 2008 1042
Time Folk Sep 9, 2006 1638
Kumbayana A Cappella Jan 7, 2008 1472
The Silly Things I Didn't Do Today Childrens Sep 9, 2007 1450
Trouble w/Andy Jazz Jun 22, 2010 810
20 Years Folk Jul 31, 2011 861
The Nightingale Folk Sep 11, 2006 1616
When He Met She Jazz Mar 3, 2006 2203
Damsel In Distress Folk Feb 3, 2007 1144
Hardest Stone Other Dec 16, 2007 1435
Sleep, My Baby Childrens Dec 9, 2007 1054
I Cut My Flocking Finger With a Knife Comedy Jul 9, 2006 3623
Over the Rainbow A Cappella Mar 11, 2007 1390
It Ain't Fair 45 RPM Collab Blues Mar 11, 2006 2008
Free of Pain Folk Apr 10, 2008 1121
I Can't Play the Ukulele Folk May 5, 2006 1270
Seven Men Folk Feb 4, 2007 1669
The Raven Other Mar 8, 2006 1264
When the Red Red Robin Folk Oct 3, 2009 2760
Never Satisfied Jazz Jul 23, 2006 1842
Nellie G. Jazz Apr 28, 2007 1062
By the Sea Jazz May 27, 2010 668
When Monsters Want to Dance Childrens Nov 13, 2006 3215
The Ballad of Billy and Lily Childrens Mar 12, 2006 1799
At First Sight Pop May 7, 2006 1220
Lament A Cappella Mar 5, 2006 2028
Being Poor Explicit Rock Jul 7, 2006 1380
Trouble Jazz Jun 10, 2010 689
Home on the Range Collab Folk Apr 23, 2008 1284
Isolation Other Jan 8, 2008 939
I've Been Working on the Railroad Folk Apr 2, 2008 3682
Banana Man Blues Mar 9, 2006 1431
Joanna Sampler Other Jul 2, 2010 718
These Tears Folk May 16, 2006 1530
Rosin the Bow Folk Jun 9, 2006 1658
The Mayfly Folk Sep 12, 2006 1147
Stand Up Jazz Sep 5, 2006 1556
It Sucks Punk Oct 14, 2008 953
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way Jazz Mar 1, 2006 4919
Dream A Little Dream Jazz Oct 13, 2009 1392
Hot Jazz Mar 24, 2006 1345
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey Folk Mar 31, 2008 1562
Concerto for Kazoo in A Flat Miinor Comedy May 18, 2006 1403
Love In a Petrie Dish Jazz Mar 2, 2006 1516
The Fool Who Sails Folk Mar 8, 2006 2045
Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude) Collab Other Mar 21, 2006 1878
Aliens Are Dancing on the Milky Way (the music video) Music Videos Apr 13, 2006 2058
Eviction Folk Feb 3, 2009 872
The Greatest Show Folk Sep 14, 2006 1052
Beat the Devil Blues Sep 10, 2007 1164

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Rainy Day Jazz Apr 22, 2007 4164
Whiskey Neat, Water Back Rock Apr 23, 2006 16171
These Tears (Remix) World Jun 18, 2006 3606
Baby It's Cold Outside Jazz Feb 25, 2007 7096
Another Gin & Tonic Folk Apr 7, 2006 4232
When Tears Rain Down (a collaboration) Alternative Feb 8, 2005 1523
Invisible Dyad #1 Other Jan 29, 2007 2967
Wine Into Water Folk Nov 5, 2006 3240
Bees and Birds Jazz Dec 6, 2005 2949
Ain't No Way Other Dec 15, 2005 1823
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Dec 20, 2007 2607

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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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