biography

Joanna Sternberg is a singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist born/based in New York City.  Joanna started taking piano lessons when they turned 5.  Joanna taught themself how to play the guitar and electric bass when they were 11. Joanna attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan.  They started studying double bass during their freshman year.  Joanna got a full scholarship to Mannes College of Music, and studied classical double bass there for a year and a half.  Joanna decided to leave the school and take a year off.  During that year they did nothing but stay in their room and draw comics.  Joanna has been a freelance musician and visual artist since they were 18-years-old.  Joanna finished their double bass performance degree at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, where they got a full scholarship.  When Joanna was 23, they began writing songs and learning how to sing.  At the age of 24 Joanna started singing in public while accompanying themself on different instruments. Today, Joanna continues to write songs, sing, create visual art and play instruments (double bass, electric bass, guitar, piano, violin, drums, banjo and mandolin.)  

 

I am clearly writing this biography in the third person because a bunch of people told me that I had to...but now I'm gonna switch it up!  I learned how to draw by copying my dad's drawings (his name is Michael Sternberg and he is an amazing visual artist and musician and singer and songwriter!)  I am so lucky that my mom and dad have been encouraging me to draw and play music since I was born!  My family and friends have also been so supportive of my music and art, and I am beyond thankful.  I am also so grateful for all of the other amazing people I have met along the way, and I can't wait to hopefully meet more and more people.  I really do want to be friends with every single person I meet but I understand if this makes me come across as strange and even frightening to some people.