Friday, June 13, 2008

Joanna Gardner

Joanna Gardner (born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a female R&B singer from the 80s. She is the daughter of a police force mechanic and a community director for a nursing concern.

When Joanna was 16 years old, she decided to start singing full-time. She formed her own group called Joanna's Band and they performed at her mother's nightclub where she also worked as a barmaid during the weekends.

While working a part-time job at a jeweller's shop, Joanna met British music group, Loose Ends, who were recording in Philadelphia with producer Nick Martinelli.

Impressed by Joanna's voice, Nick got her a recording contract with Philly World Records within 5 days. She made her singing debut on the song, "Today's Your Lucky Day" with singer Harold Melvin and appeared on Loose Ends' album, "So Where Are You."

In 1985, Joanna released her self-titled debut album on Philly World Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
The only single to chart was "Watching You," which peaked at #77 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

Joanna's other songs "Pick Up the Pieces," "We Can Make It," "Special Feelings," and "I Could Never Love Another Like You" was a hit with UK soul music fans while Joanna was on tour with Loose Ends in London.

During that same year, Joanna appeared in the movie, "Rappin'" singing a duet with Eugene Wilde entitled "First Love Never Dies." The song was also featured on the movie's soundtrack.

After that, nothing much was heard from her and it seemed as if she faded into obscurity. These days, Joanna resides in Philadelphia doing well, has two children and continues to sing.

To see a fan-made video for "Watching You," go to:

[updated on 02/23/13]


keniki321 said...

Hi! Im denise and I'm her daughter. She lives in Philadelphia with me and my younger brother. She is doing well and still sings! THANKS =]

Kyleigh said...

Thanks for letting me know about this! This is quite helpful information.

Sean Truman said...

love her music fox in the uk


Will never forget the day I met JoAnna .... Truly a beautiful woman with an amazing voice.
Happy Birthday from a fellow Libra :))

Patrice said...

Hi Denise
I just heard the song "First love never dies " on the car radio and was belting it out on the top of my lungs (who cares what the other motorists think! 😄). Tell ure Mom that someone in Jamaica loves her singing! 👍