Joanna Caroline Newsom born January 18,  is an American harpist , pianist, vocalist, lyricist and actress. Early life Newsom was born and raised in the small town of Nevada City , California. She describes her parents as "kind of idealists when it came to hoping they could protect us from bad influences, like violent movies, or stupid stuff". Her father played the guitar and her mother was a classically trained pianist who played the hammered dulcimer , the autoharp and conga drums.
Her parents eventually agreed to sign her up for harp lessons, but the local harp instructor did not want to take on such a young student and suggested she learn to play the piano first.
She did, and later moved on to the harp which she "loved from the first lesson onward. While at Mills, she played keyboards in The Pleased. She dropped out of school in order to focus on her music. These homemade recordings were intended to serve as a document of her early work. At the suggestion of Noah Georgeson , her then-boyfriend and recording engineer of the EP, she burned several copies to sell at her early shows. Oldham was impressed with Newsom's music and asked her to tour with him.
He also gave a copy of the CD to the owner of Drag City , his record label. On a road trip, Bill Callahan recommended she listen to the album Song Cycle by Parks, which led to his being chosen to arrange her work on Ys. On March 28, , she performed over two hours of new material at an unannounced concert in Big Sur, California with fellow Nevada City singer-lyricist Mariee Sioux under the pseudonym The Beatles's.
Those in attendance reported that about one-third of her new material was played primarily on piano, with a backing arrangement of banjo, violin, guitar and drums. M Ward has played "Sadie" at some of his live shows. Her profile has risen, in part, due to a number of live shows and appearances on television such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! She has also modelled for Armani.
The Milk-Eyed Mender and Ys, from , sold , and , copies respectively. It contained a link which led to a short comic strip titled "Joanna Newsom 'Have One on Me'" with a date of February 23, On February 11, , Pitchfork Media reported that Newsom would be the subject of a tribute book titled Visions of Joanna Newsom which has now been published by Roan Press and features a contribution from the author Dave Eggers.
In December , a tribute album of Newsom covers was released as a digital download. Artists involved include M. The single was originally the b-side to her first single, Sprout and the Bean. On October 14, she performed another new song tentatively called "Look and Despair" at the Treasure Island Festival , which was renamed "Sapokanikan" and released as the lead single from Divers.
They "stopped being fascinating to me and started feeling wanky. Newsom, however, claims no ties to any particular music scene. Newsom has, however, expressed disappointment at comments that her singing is "child-like. The recovery from the nodules and further "vocal modifications" changed her voice.