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MP3 Joanna McMeikan - Breaking the Habit

Thoughtful, intelligent, sometimes edgy, sometimes heartbreakingly beautiful, always unique singer/songwriter material.

11 MP3 Songs
POP: British Pop, POP: Quirky

Joanna McMeikan''s songwriting has been variously described as "pathological", "unforgettably original" and "hauntingly beautiful"; her memorable vocal style as "Loreena McKennit meets Natalie Merchant, with a little Tori Amos thrown in for good measure".

Joanna was born in England and trained in classical piano, developing an overpowering love of music at an early age. She decided to focus on her other passion - writing - during her college years, studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University; but she sang in choirs and musicals, a cappella groups and bands along the way.

Arriving in Los Angeles in 1996, Joanna found day jobs on the TV shows "Frasier" and "Star Trek", did session work for Vitamin records and the Animal Planet channel, and formed the band DragonEye in 1999. She had a moment of epiphany when she realized she could combine her two great passions by penning the band''s original material as well as performing it. She has been writing songs like a crazed thing ever since, pausing only to compose a couple of film scores (including the award-winning short "The Picnic") and commercial slots for California Clinical Trials.

Joanna counts among her strongest influences those singer/songwriters who are not only exceptional musicians and artists, but are also, to one degree or another, extraordinary lyricists expressing a truly personal vision - Kate Bush, Bjork, Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, Fiona Apple - sometimes even the heartfelt simplicity of Jewel, Sheryl Crow or Dido.

Joanna honed her songwriting skills studying with Phil Swann at UCLA. Her solo debut "Breaking the Habit" was released in February 2004. To find out more, read reviews, get to know Joanna and download track #1 "Again" for free, visit https://www.tradebit.com

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