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Joanna Sternberg

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.  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, play instruments, and create visual art.

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  • Joanna Sternberg Shares New Song “Neighbors”: Listen

    [Pitchfork] The New York artist’s first new song since releasing their album I’ve Got Me earlier this year By Evan Minsker Joanna Sternberg has shared their first new song since releasing I’ve Got Me earlier this year. “Neighbors” was recorded at Sternberg’s living room piano by Chris Miller. Listen below. “I wrote this song about my social anxiety and how it […]

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  • The Real World of Joanna Sternberg

    [Pitchfork] Talking reality TV, imposter syndrome, and the pursuit of timelessness with the New York singer-songwriter, whose second LP I’ve Got Me arrives this week The art of Joanna Sternberg invites you into an intimate and interconnected world. Through their casually profound lyrics, the whimsical self-portraits that adorn their visuals, and even their endearingly self-deprecating live banter, it’s easy […]

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  • Joanna Sternberg Went Through Hell To Make Their Triumphant New Album

    [Rolling Stone] After their acclaimed 2019 debut became a word-of-mouth hit among artists, the singer-songwriter had to take a hard look at the people they were relying on BY JONATHAN BERNSTEIN JOANNA STERNBERG can still remember the time they were almost beaten up over the band Maroon 5. It was a middle-school birthday party, and Sternberg’s classmates had […]

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  • Towering Emotions Flood the Songs of Joanna Sternberg

    [The New Yorker] Towering emotions flood the songs of Joanna Sternberg, often spilling over the music’s edge into the songwriter’s visual art and stage chatter. Sometimes upon wrapping up a song in concert Sternberg laughs; other times, they cry. “Between self-hatred and self-awareness,” they sing at one point, “is a very small, thin line.” Years […]

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  • Few Things Will Pierce Your Heart More Than a Joanna Sternberg Song

    [Rolling Stone] Few things will pierce you in the heart more than a Joanna Sternberg song — especially at Cheer Up Charlie’s, when the venue experienced so many sound issues that the New York artist offered to sing without a mic. Sternberg was flustered, but overcame the obstacles with their Daniel Johnston-like melodies and brutally honest lyrics […]

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