Released on the 27th of November, ‘drinking by myself’ is the perfect soundtrack to a lonely winter night on the sofa with a bottle of wine. JoAnna’s sultry tones are just what you need to warm you up again. The focal point of the song is the empowering sentiment of not wanting to let breakups and heartbreak bring you down and being able to move forwards and be ok on your own, which I think we’ve all been through at some point in our lives! Watch here
JoAnna brings a unique array of influences to her rootsy soul sound. When all her friends in grade school were getting into N’SYNC and Britney Spears, her mother was introducing her to Stevie Wonder. Surrounded by a family full of cousins who all played instruments, she took naturally to incorporating R&B (her original dream was to be a Motown singer) with her acoustic guitar. These motown influences are the very DNA that runs through ‘Drinking by myself’ the single is reminiscent of Etta James ‘Rather go Blind’ with smooth yet powerful vocals and a passionate delivery.
The multi-talented performer left the small-town environs of her long-time home of Bend, Oregon – where she became popular on the coffeehouse and wine bar circuit – and moving to the thriving live music hotbed of Austin to find greater opportunities to share her voice and bare her musical soul to the world.
Even in a city where “there is literally music on every corner,” JoAnna has carved out a niche and generated an ever growing fan base for her edgy acoustic based pop, rock and soul hybrid vibe via gigs at numerous bars, restaurants and hotspots like historic Memo’s and the One-2-One bar. Daring to mix some of her powerful originals into her sets, she literally opened the floodgates for a fresh crop of singer-songwriters at Cedar Street Courtyard during her long-time weekly Saturday night residency. Prior to her booking there, the venue strictly booked cover bands.
Her family – including grandmother JoAnne Riddle on piano and grandfather Janpa on chromatic harmonica – sowed the musical seeds, and by the time she was six she’d already graced a stage or three.
‘Having these experiences and people who helped build and show me life through music is why I have such a passion for it,’ says JoAnna. ‘It is one of the core elements that ties all of us together in this world, and in this life.’
Split-screen 20 years later, and JoAnna had moved to Austin to pursue what comes naturally – which is when the right doors started opening. Her talent pricked the ears of multi-platinum selling producer Dwight Baker, with whom JoAnna worked closely to hone her sound – luscious, soulful pop with just the right amount of grit.
Another break came when she was invited by Les Cutmore to open for Deep Purple at the Dubai International Music Festival – soon after that, JoAnna was signed to Cutmore Records.