JoAnna James

JoAnna James

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

"JoAnna James has a stage presence so pure and intense that it makes you forget that you are indeed a stranger listening to a song...You are drawn in, shaken up a bit, and alarmed at the strength of the deep, rich vocal power pouring into the room." - Volume One Magazine, Feb 2005

Biography

*2007 MUSIC CONFERENCE ACCEPTANCES:
CMJ Music Marathon - New York, NY
Midpoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH

*2006 FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR/MINNESOTA MUSIC AWARDS

*2006 MUSIC CONFERENCE ACCEPTANCES:
CMJ Music Marathon - New York, NY
Midpoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH
South Park Music Festival - Fairplay, CO
Midwest Music Summit - Indianapolis, IN


*2005 FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR/MINNESOTA MUSIC AWARDS

*2005 MUSIC CONFERENCE ACCEPTANCES:
CMJ Music Marathon - New York, NY
Midwest Music Summit - Indianapolis, IN
RockRgrl Music Conference - Seattle, WA

*DESIRE named one of the top 20 local CDs of 2005 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Made up of equal parts soul, folk and blues, JoAnna James is a gifted singer/songwriter from St. Paul, Minnesota whose live performances leave her audiences longing for more. The way she wails would make Motown proud. Her delicate phrasings would have made Nina Simone grin. Her heartfelt performances would elicit a knowing wink from Bonnie Raitt. Whether singing in a sultry whisper or a gale-force wail, JoAnna James was born with "a voice guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up" (Pulse of the Twin Cities).

JoAnna got her start in music when she was seven years old on a violin her grandfather purchased from a nun for $100. It wasn't too long before the guitar lured her in and she began to teach herself chords by listening to everything from Patsy Cline, Prince and Nirvana, to Otis Redding, Jeff Buckley and Bob Dylan. Singing was next, and it wasn't long before she found herself on stage at local coffee shops. Fast-forward ten years, which found JoAnna playing nearly 250 dates over the course of 2005 and 2006, in addition to receiving two consecutive Minnesota Music Awards for "Female Vocalist of the Year."

In the past two years, JoAnna has also enjoyed the privilege of sharing the stage with national and international touring musicians such as UK jazz sensation Jamie Cullum, Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins, Ken Stringfellow (of REM, The Posies and Big Star), Joseph Arthur, A Girl Called Eddy, The Honeydogs, Mason Jennings, Steve Poltz, The New Standards, Slim Dunlap (the Replacements), and Cloud Cult. In 2007, JoAnna was asked to perform on Grammy Award winner Dan Wilson's new CD, "Free Life" (American, 2007).

JoAnna currently has two full-length recordings and one EP. She released a self-titled CD in the spring of 2004 and her sophomore album, Desire, in the summer of 2005. Last year she travelled to Lexington, Kentucky and teamed up with producer, Duane Lundy, to record a new EP, "Back of my Mind" that was released by Eclectone Records.

Lyrics

Dime-a-Dozen

Written By: JoAnna James

You are just another dime-a-dozen stranger to me
And I am the shadow of the man you used to be

When you turned your back, you didn't bother looking ahead
Now when you turn around, all you left behind is dead
Frozen in motion like crystallized sugar
sweet and shining in the morning sun

So, goodbye, stranger. so, long
Because the angel I once knew is now forever gone
So, goodbye, Mr. dime-a-dozen stranger, goodbye

If wisdom resides in the witness of our wrongs
Then we need to hurt, we need to heal, and we need to move on

But if moving on means forgiveness, then forgiveness means goodbye this time
And I'll just write songs while you go along
And fool in the dark with some other girl's heart

So, goodbye, stranger. So long
Because the angel I once knew is now forever gone.
So, good-bye, Mr. dime-a-dozen stranger, goodbye

Nobody's Girl

Written By: JoAnna James

Don’t look at my mouth
Don’t smile in my eyes
Don’t place your hands ‘round my waist

Don’t call me baby.
Don’t say I’m pretty
Don’t make me your trophy prize.

(chorus)
'Cause I’m not yours
I’m nobody’s girl
And I might not ever be
So don’t waste your time
Trying to win mine
I’m best
If left
Alone.

Your heart’s been led
To a chest full of fool’s gold
At the bottom
Of an ocean so dark.

It sparkles and shines
But it ain’t worth a dime.
Please leave it buried behind. (chorus)

Even if I deserved you
I wouldn’t know how to hold you
It was all
Too much
Too fast
So you best get on goin’
While the gettin’s still good
Nothin’ to save
Nothin’ to last.

Cause I’m not yours
I’m nobody’s girl
And I might not ever be.
So don’t waste your time
Trying to win mine.
I’m best if left alone.
Don’t kiss my neck
Don’t try and make me laugh
Don’t give me anymore
Cause the more that you give me The more that it kills me.
So go
Or slowly watch me die
Just go
Or slow-ly watch me die.

No Ordinary Sunday

Written By: JoAnna James

Wear a fresh pressed suit, dear
And shine your best Sunday shoes
Keep your hair smoothed down, dear
And splash some nice cologne behind your ears

You will have to hold your sister’s hand
You will have to help your daddy stand

This is no ordinary Sunday
You’ll have to tie your own tie today
I will be through all my suffering
And you will be through all your waiting

The church will seem smaller
Now that you’ve grown to be so tall
And those hymns will sound softer
With one less voice to sing along

You will have to lift me into the ground
You will have to throw my roses down

This is no ordinary Sunday
You’ll have to tie your own tie today
I will be through all my suffering
And you will be through all your waiting

This is no ordinary Sunday
You’ll have to tie your own tie today
And you will have to hold your sister’s hand
And you will have to help your daddy stand
Yes you will have to help your daddy stand

Disappear

Written By: JoAnna James

I need to disappear for awhile
I wanna come back new
I can’t have you see me like this
I’m not who you once knew
I can’t go back there no more
I can’t stay here
So, close your eyes, dear
While I try to disappear

I sleep a little longer these days
I won’t pick up the phone
I watch a lot of foreign films
To make myself feel more alone
I eat what I don’t need
To make myself feel worse
Then I tip this bottle back
To bring out the next verse

I need to disappear for awhile
I wanna come back new
I can’t have you see me like this
I’m not who you once knew
I can’t go back there no more
I can’t stay here
So, close your eyes, dear
While I try to disappear

I rest my arm, palm up
To see my clean slate
Then I paint my red stripes on
With my razor blades
Then I lay my body down
For anyone to take
‘Cause the cheaper I get, you see
The less I have to make

And I chew them pills up good
And I swallow hard
Then I throw my pen away
And I crawl in the car
And I drive faster, dear
From where you are
But I know I’m not going anywhere
When all I’m doing is trying to disappear

Back of my Mind

Written By: JoAnna James

Someplace in the back of my mind
I’ve been before
Yes, I’ve been before
Same place in the back of my mind
I need to go
Back in the back of my mind

Beyond all reason
Beyond all faith
Beyond all easiness
Beyond all weight
Beyond affection
Beyond affliction
Some place in the back of my mind

Someplace in the back of my mind
I’ve been before
Back in the back of my mind
Same place in the back of my mind
I need to go
Yes, I need to go
Back in the back of my mind
Back in the back of my mind

I’ve been calling on trouble
I’ve been calling on pain
I’ve been drawing these circles
Just trying to find my way again

Some place in the back of my mind
I’ve been before
Yes, I’ve been before
Same place in the back of my mind
I need to go
Back in the back of my mind

Beyond confusion
Beyond solution
Beyond confession
Beyond redemption
Beyond this bitterness
Beyond indifference
Some place in the back of my mind

Someplace in the back of my mind
I’ve been before
Back in the back of my mind
Same place in the back of my mind
I need to go
Yes, I need to go
Back in the back of my mind
Back in the back of my mind
Back in the back of my mind

Drawn

Written By: JoAnna James

I am so drawn to you
Maybe I just want to win you
Maybe I just want to lose myself
Maybe I just want to find myself in someone else
You look so good to me
You’re everything I’ll never be
I’m in love with a fantasy
Only seeing what I want for me

A little bit of hope is all that keeps me addicted to you
A little bit of hope is all that stands between me and you

I know you don’t want me that way, baby
I know you don’t look at me that way, baby
You draw me in when it’s something you need
Then you cast me out when you’re on your feet
But I see that tenderness
I see that regretfulness
And so I stand by you
Till it all goes right through

A little bit of hope is all that keeps me addicted to you.
A little bit of hope is all that stands between me and you

Discography

"JoAnna James" LP - May, 2004
"Desire" LP - July, 2005
"Back of my Mind" EP - April, 2007 (Eclectone)

Set List

1. Waiting so Long
2. Dime a Dozen
3. Back of My Mind
4. No Ordinary Sunday
5. Molasses
6. Don't Let Me Leave
7. Drawn
8. I Sing for You
9. Dreams to Remember

sets average 45 - 75 min. in length. Can play in excess of three (3) hours with a mix of original material and some covers. JoAnna is available solo/duo or with full band.

Typical cover repertoire includes the following songs as performed by named artist:
"Dreams to Remember" (Otis Redding)
"Crazy" (Patsy Cline)
"Can't Let Go" (Lucinda Williams)
"One More Cup of Coffee" (Bob Dylan)
"Do Right Woman" (Aretha Franklin)
"River" (Joni Mitchell)
"Hallelujah" (Jeff Buckley)
"I Still Miss Someone" (Johnny Cash)