I had heard of JoAnna before but never her music until one of my radio announcers on Jazz Moods Radio DJ Big Kahuna started playing her music in his song set. Can I tell you how blown away I was with her track Deep Soul?
JoAnna is known as the Soul Stringer and rightly so; she plays with great passion and soul, gently striking each chord of her violin with sweet caress and with ease.
Growing up in Detroit with her parents Joe and Marian, JoAnna was the only daughter of seven children who actually began her musical career at a Detroit public school. It was there that she experimented with various instruments such as the recorder before she started playing the violin. The recorder was the perfect preamble to the violin as it helped JoAnna to develop her basic musical rhythms and techniques.
And so at the age of eight, JoAnna had begun her journey into the violin and quickly rose to star quality after much practice while at home. JoAnna did not need to take extra violin lessons as she honed her technique and skill at the Detroit Community Music School.
Among her musical influences, JoAnna lists artists such as violinists Noel Pointer, Jon Luc Ponty, Karen Briggs, Regina Carter and Jerald Daemyon.
Even though JoAnna has encountered several health struggles, she continues to soothe her soul and that of the audience with her beautiful music. She is a firm believer that music heals people and can touch the very depths of one’s soul.
JoAnna brings a sensuous, sultry, elegant, sassy yet classy vibe to the art of strings. Her very presence and her sincerity is felt long before you see her or even hear her first note.
JoAnna is currently in the studio working on a new compilation. One of the releases from the CD is called "Midnight Stroll" which can be heard on her Reverbnation Page.