Live from LaVal's Shorts: Jo D'anna at the FreightFrom the Live on Location program taped on February 1, 1994 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA. One of the most prolific songwriters to ever grace a stage in the San Francisco Bay area, Jo was already quite famous when she taped this program.
Currently residing in Marin County, California, Jo is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born and raised in Palo Alto, California where she came of age in the 60's.
As a fundamental part of her musical background, Jo D’Anna has studied guitar with three South Bay masters (including the notorious Jerry Garcia, who inspired her own signature fingerstyle guitar style), has studied private voice and piano, and has a college music degree from UC Santa Barbara.
In Spring of 1995, Jo D’Anna released her first CD entitled Alouwenja. Soon after the release, the title track of Alouwenja was included in a compilation CD entitled OasisAcoustic Vol. III, presented by the well-respected Oasis CD Manufacturing Co., the duplicating company that manufactured Alouwenja.
In early 2004, another one of the songs on Alouwenja (“Warrior Queen”) was selected for inclusion in yet another compilation CD presented by “Artists for Change” (www.artistsforchange.bz) released in October 2004. The compilation CD is entitled The Goddess Within. Proceeds from the sales of the CD, The Goddess Within, are donated to women’s shelters and organizations.
In March of 2007, Jo D’Anna released her second album. In As She Is, Jo combined her songwriting style (primarily fingerstyle guitar and folk-based songs) with the more urbane style and seamless sound-blending talents of Ben Leinbach, an amazing percussionist and multi-instrumentalist, who was also her producer and recording engineer for As She Is (www.benleinbach.com). Also in 2007, the song “Living In Dreams” was selected for a second Oasis CD compilation, entitled “Oasis Adult Contemporary Volume VII #2" put out by the same CD duplicating company as her first album, Oasis CD. "Living In Dreams" was also selected to be on the SongsAlive! CD Sampler 9 which came out in the Fall of 2007.
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