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Joanna Newsom

Biography

Harpist and singer who released the record The Milk-Eyed Mender in 2004, receiving interest for the tune “Bridges and Balloons.” She researched music structure and creative composing in Oakland at Mills University. She experienced a cameo with an bout of Portlandia. She wedded Andy Samberg of SNL in 2013. She’s been a visitor around the Jimmy Kimmel Display.

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Full Name Joanna Newsom
Date Of Birth January 18, 1982
Place Of Birth Nevada City, CA
Height 1.63 m
Profession Folk Singer
Education Mills College
Nationality American
Spouse Andy Samberg
Parents Christine Newsome, William Newsom
Siblings Pete Newsom, Emily Newsom
Awards Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
Music Groups The Pleased, Golden Shoulders
Movies Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Inherent Vice, The Muppets, The Family Jams, The Sky Crawlers
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1She has English, Irish, and German ancestry.
2(September 21, 2013) Married her boyfriend of 5 years Andy Samberg following a 7-month-long engagement.
3Singer/songwriter.
4Plays the harp, piano and harpsichord.
5Studied composition and creative writing at Mills College, a liberal arts women's college in California.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night with Seth MeyersTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Joanna Newsom: Sapokanikan2015Video short performer: "Sapokanikan" / producer: "Sapokanikan" / writer: "Sapokanikan"
Paper Towns2015writer: "ON A GOOD DAY" - as Joanna Caroline Newsom
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The End (Or, Karen Fox Is not Invisible)2009Short "Bridges and Balloons"
Sprout2008/IDocumentary short "Sprout and the Bean"
The Strangers2008performer: "Sprout and The Bean" / writer: "Sprout and The Bean"
Great World of Sound2007publisher: "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie" / writer: "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie"
Following Sean2005Documentary performer: "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie" / writer: "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie"
City Paradise2004Short performer: "Peach, Plum, Pear" / writer: "Peach, Plum, Pear"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping2016Steam Punk Doctor
Joanna Newsom: Divers2015Video shortJoanna Newsom
Joanna Newsom: Sapokanikan2015Video shortJoanna Newsom
Inherent Vice2014Sortilège
Portlandia2012TV SeriesHarpist
MGMT: Kids - Music Video2009Video shortIndifferent Mother
Sukai kurora2008English version, voice

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joanna Newsom: Divers2015Video short
Joanna Newsom: Sapokanikan2015Video short
The Family Jams2009Documentary
We Will Be Warm2006Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joanna Newsom: Divers2015Video short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005-2016TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest / Herself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Made in Hollywood2014TV SeriesHerself
Roy Harper Man or Myth2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Austin City Limits2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Musical guest
Late Show with David Letterman2010TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Later... With Jools Holland2004-2010TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
The Family Jams2009DocumentaryHerself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik2005TV Series documentaryHerself - Singer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsInherent Vice (2014)· Paul Thomas Anderson (director)
· Cassandra Kulukundis (casting director)
· Josh Brolin (ensemble cast)
· Hong Chau (ensemble cast)
· Martin Donovan (ensemble cast)
· Jena Malone (ensemble cast)
· Joaquin Phoenix (ensemble cast)
· Sasha Pieterse (ensemble cast)
· Eric Roberts (ensemble cast)
· Maya Rudolph (ensemble cast)
· Martin Short (ensemble cast)
· Serena Scott Thomas (ensemble cast)
· Benicio Del Toro (ensemble cast)
· Katherine Waterston (ensemble cast)
· Owen Wilson (ensemble cast)
· Reese Witherspoon (ensemble cast)
· Michael Kenneth Williams (ensemble cast)


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#Quote
1Well, yeah, I wanted to resist the urge to thicken everything up with instrumentation, because I just felt like I was interested in seeing how the songs did on their own.
2The very first Walnut Whales recording was recorded just a few weeks after I had started singing, out of the blue, started singing. And the voice, you can hear how uncomfortable I am with it, and how terrified I am with it.
3People in San Francisco and the East Bay have shown interest, done interviews, and have come to shows. I guess that the news travels fast out of this island that we are on.
4Lyrics are very different. There is a clear line between that and a poem. Something that has been a source of great excitement and delight for me is this idea that I get to rhyme.
5It's valid that the Strokes and the Pleased have been influenced by some of the same bands. But it's invalid in the sense that we listen to the Strokes and try to sounds like them. I think that they are a good band.
6It's totally different. I usually don't tell people about the Pleased if they know me from the harp. And if they are there to see the Pleased, I usually don't tell them about the harp. I am nervous that these people will expect something similar.
7In high school, we studied a lot of poetical forms. I was really interested in the math that was involved and the strange live break ups. That gave me a great amount of respect for a rhymed stanza.
8I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing. I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music. The chord progressions are obvious references.
9I recorded harp first or singing first. I recorded it all together. Part of the reason is that I don't know how to play the songs without also singing. I forget how they progress. I don't think that any of them are verse, chorus, verse, and so on. They are not simple.
10I definitely don't subscribe to the theory that more instruments, or more vocal tracks, harmony, or double tracking the voice, is a good thing. People do their early albums very stripped down, then each album becomes bloated.
11I am consciously not trying to bring in World Music elements. The ways that I work and feel are completely different in how they sound than someone playing the Kora in Africa would play it.
12You should listen to a lot of different music.
13The way that words fit together is always interesting to me. I love words.
14People are often afraid for me. They think that I am going to break. I can make it through a set.
15I wasn't interested in writing music that wasn't beautiful for me to listen to.
16I want to make music that somehow connects to the things that I love in America music.
17I started playing harp about fourteen years ago.
18I played piano for about two years when I was a kid. I didn't play long enough to be really great.
19I have writing songs on my own for about six years.
20I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs.
21I have a deep rooted folk sensibility that I can't get away from completely.
22I give away CDs at shows if someone wants a CD but doesn't have any money. I wouldn't want to do that forever.
23I did spend a year in high school being obsessed with Fleetwood Mac.
24I can't play my songs on the smaller harp. I have a Celtic harp. I can't do the key changes.
25I can understand someone not liking the voice or the songs.
26I am producing sounds that people are not used to hearing from the harp.
27I am not doing something that it is experimental music in relation to classical music.
28I am consciously trying not to make it sound Celtic or African.
29I am always trying to write.
30I would happy for someone to download my music.


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