Real Name: Joanna Caroline Newsom
American harpist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer and songwriter, born 18 January 1982 in Nevada City, California, USA.
Sites: dragcity.com, fromamouth.com, wikipedia
In Groups: Golden Shoulders, The Pleased
Variations: Joanna Newsom, J. Newsom, J.N., Joanna Caroline Newsom, Newsom, Newsome
Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and actress. Born in Northern California, Newsom was classically trained on the harp in her youth, and began her musical career as a keyboardist in the San Francisco–based indie band the Pleased.
After recording and self-releasing two EPs in 2002, Newsom was signed to the independent label Drag City. Her debut album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, was released in 2004 to critical acclaim, and garnered Newsom an underground following. She would receive wider exposure with the release of Ys (2006), which charted at number 134 on the Billboard 200, and was nominated for a 2007 Shortlist Music Prize.
She released two further albums: Have One on Me (2010), and Divers (2015), the latter of which outsold all of her previous albums. Newsom has been noted by critics for her unique musical style, sometimes characterized as psychedelic folk, and her prominent use of harp instrumentation. She has also appeared as an actress, with roles in the television series Portlandia and in the 2014 film Inherent Vice.
In 2005, Newsom had a brief relationship with Smog frontman Bill Callahan.
She met comedian-musician-actor Andy Samberg in 2006 at one of her concerts. Newsom’s engagement to Samberg was confirmed by his representative in February 2013. They married on September 21, 2013, in Big Sur, California.
In March 2014, Newsom and Samberg purchased the estate Moorcrest in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, which had been owned in the 1920s by the parents of actress Mary Astor, and prior to that was rented by Charlie Chaplin. They also own a home in the West Village of Manhattan, New York.
On August 8, 2017, Samberg’s representative confirmed that Newsom and Samberg had become parents to their first child, a daughter.