Joanna Pearl World

Making It Reign Teddy Bears

Make It Reign

The Ontario Reign has asked Joanna to sing the National Anthem at their December 3rd game, which just so happens to be their annual Teddy Bear Toss Game. The Teddy Bear Toss Game benefits the Inland Empire’s Toys For Tots program.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

Joanna has decided to go all out in supporting this game and program by working to get her fans and supporters to back her in this endeavor. She is working to raise money through Sponsors in order to purchase more Teddy Bears that will be thrown out at the game.

If you or anyone you know would like to sponsor Joanna for the game or even just donate towards the cause you can find out more about it here.

Spotify Push Playlist

People love music. It’s pretty much a fact of life. From mixed tapes to burned CD’s and now the popular Streaming Playlists, we’ve been using music forever to express our feelings or set the mood. And since you can create one for anyone, anytime for anything, my fellow musicians and I decided to try our hand at something a little more… how do we say… unconventional.

Today, March 5th 2016, my friends and music family, Hourglass Independent Records and ReAmp Recording Studios owners, Daniel and Stefani, are hours away from welcoming their new little baby, Nixon, into the world! (A name he will never live down, since he is past his due date.) We all cannot wait to meet the new addition and get our baby fix – even little Hero The Pom is excited to share his birthday with the new bundle! In the mean time, as D & S wait for the BIG PUSH, my fellow musicians and I have put together a Spotify “Push Playlist” containing 16 completely inappropriate songs for the new #BabyBoss’s Birthday. We hope it’s a little comedy relief in between the… ya know, not so funny moments.
Sending lots of love! XOXO

P.S. Help us wish the new parents a safe arrival by commenting below… and just in case we’ve missed a song in our playlist, please feel free to add it below, as well. ♥

In case you’re wondering how you can make a Spotify playlist, it’s really simple.

  1. Log into your Spotify account.
  2. Click on the File dropdown menu and select New Playlist. The playlist will appear on the left side of your screen.
  3. Search for music in Spotify and drag and drop them into your playlist.
  4. Share with the world.

NAMM 2016

I’m so excited for NAMM 2016! Especially because this year I will be performing with some amazing artists for the Tim Moyer Song Round with Josh Logan from The Voice & Sister Speak on Saturday, January 23rd 2016 at 3PM on the NAMM Marriott Stage! Accompanying me will be the awesome Kelly Cowan of LifeTime Rocker! We hope to see you out there… No badge needed… OPEN to the public!

Help me choose what to wear for my NAMM Performance! Check out the pics and vote below!

What Should I Wear For NAMM 2016 Performance?
Off the shoulder fringe red top?
Deep V white collared button down?
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Four years and one day ago, I attended my first NAMM show. This was how I felt afterwards…

New Year, New Look, New Blog!

3…2…1… Happy… mid January?! Happy New Year to you! Time is flying but I hope 2016 is treating you well… I know my new year is going great so far… And since “New” is the “New Black”… Here’s to a New Year, a New Look and a New Blog… Welcome to Joanna Pearl World!

If you have been following since the release of my debut EP, then you know that things have been a gigantic roller coaster full of amazing things. I truly feel fortunate for all of it. The truth is, there is a lot that goes into the making of an independent artist… there are many talented people that help run this ship while I juggle titles. That’s why I came up with this concept, Joanna Pearl World blog… The objective, share with you what is going on in my World and what inspires me and highlight the fabulous team of experts (that I get to call friends) and share tips and tricks with you from them! Some experts include personal trainers, make-up & hair stylists, professional athletes, CEO’s, and of course musicians! You just never know who might show up in a post! Or where we might travel to! All things Joanna Pearl… are you ready for the ride!

Before we jump into the first entry, I wanted to take a moment and tell you that I appreciate you. Thank you for following along in this crazy, exhilarating journey that I get to call my career!

NOW… the first glimpse into Joanna Pearl World

Have you ever had a crazy idea like cutting your hair and/or completely changing the color? Not like Britney “Shears” to the head crazy, but ya know… CHANGE! Well, that just happened! WHAT?! Yep… I found a picture I absolutely loved and texted it to the head of my ‘Glam Squad’/stylist/hair expert Jenn of Anasa Hair Studio in Temecula, Ca… and before I knew it I was sitting in her chair; her with scissors in hand and a huge smile and me with a glass of wine needing a little liquid courage to jump into the, what I am calling, Blunt and Blonde! Not sure why I was nervous, after all it was my idea and I knew I was in good hands with Jen. It’s so fun to try something new 😉

So… you want to see? Here ya go! And please feel free to comment below and tag on Facebook 🙂 Jenn is awesome!

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Snip-Snip!

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Channeling the beauty gods! See the wine glass? LOL Thanks Madison for waiting on me 🙂

 

And through the magic of technology…

 

3 hours becomes seconds…

 

and presto!

 

The NEW look!

Hair and Make-Up by Jenn Foerster, Anasa Hair Studio, Temecula, Ca.

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I had to test the new tresses with the straightening iron…

Photo on 1-15-16 at 6.12 PM

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 A quick SHOUT-OUT and BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Anasa Hair Studio for being ranked in the Top 200

in the Nation by Salon Today! You guys rock!

If you have never been there, men or women, you are missing out!
Book today and make sure to tell them I sent you 🙂
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Hair Details:
Aveda Invati Shampoo & Conditioner (Awesome trio-treatment for your hair!)

Music Is Life Published in UK Magazine

Happy birthday month to me! I’m really excited to get to share with you my very first published column in Headliner Magazine UK titled “Music Is Life”! This has been a project in the making for several months now. I feel blessed to be working with such an amazing team spearheaded by Editor in Chief, Paul Watson, who I have to personally THANK from the bottom of my heart for encouraging me and putting so much faith, trust and belief into not only me as an artist but this role of a writer documenting my journey for not only the world but also to help shed some light on the indie pathway. Sometimes I have to pinch myself at all the amazing stuff I get to do… I truly am so thankful and I only hope that it all continues… Here we go… Click on the cover below and it will open to a large view of the magazine… Of course you should read the entire mag, but in case you’re wondering, page 12 is the “Music Is Life” column. Enjoy! (*Note: Currently Headliner Magazine is available in digital format everywhere and in print in the UK. Coming soon to Barnes and Noble September 2015!)

Jo Goes To Nashville 2015

Daily Diary

Sunday, July 12th 2015

Theme: America, My Home Sweet Home

Sleep?! Who needs sleep? I pulled an “all-nighter”… seemed like a great idea at the time since I had to be at the airport at 4AM and really what’s the point of a 3 hour nap with a chance of over sleeping? Tim and Susan insisted that I hang out at their hotel until I had to go to the airport. We sat and chatted for a bit in the lobby of the Marriott. I changed into my flight attire and let them sleep. Around 3AM, while sitting in a cozy chair, I hit a wall… a brick wall. Uh oh… Walk it off Jo! I went outside to the rental car and turned on the cold air and radio… Come on one more hour!

I know you’ve been there, where no matter what you do your eyelids, which are rarely thought about during the day, become very apparent and their weight becomes like THE heaviest thing in the world. Okay, time to find coffee! And the only place open at this hour… Jack In The Box. Fine. Grab a coffee and head to the gas station (that does not have a store attached to it). Gas in Nashville… wait for it $2.32 a gallon! HUH? How the heck is it that California gas is almost double that amount?

Full tank of gas… Check! Rental car return to Alamo… Check! Luggage… Check! Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes… Check! Okay just have to check into American Airlines… uh oh… I didn’t receive my reservation number! My adrenaline kicked in really quick. No need for coffee. After almost twenty minutes of trying to contact people in California… I finally find it. Check in… CHECK! Thank goodness…
TSA Security Check – What can I say? We have to do it… Safety first… Throw away all liquids, quickly disassemble yourself, put your life in trays for scanning, walk through a bubble barefoot with hands over your head – which I sometimes wonder what the big bubble scanner is really doing to us? – Then put yourself back together again on the other side. It’s almost a race… Hurry, people are starring and waiting on you. At 4:45AM and almost 20 straight hours… the whole experience feels a little numbing. And the water that I was trying to drink down before having to throw it away is now quadruple this side of the TSA. I’m too tired to fight it… Yes, Fine… $4.75 for 20 ounces of water GRRRRR!

I find terminal C-20, no one is there yet, but there is this really cute kids store called Fly Babies and they sell capes! Awwww… Another reminder of my pup, Hero.

CAPES!

CAPES!

Boarding starts a 5:45AM… I’m in Group 2… so my Insta pic makes it look like I am flying solo…

Row 26… Seat D… And I’m coming home. #AmericanAirlines #AisleSeat #ILoveAmerica #ILoveAmericans 😉

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Eventually the seats filled in and next to me, in the middle seat, is a guy laying-over in LAX with a final destination Hawaii! Take me please! He’s a twenty-two year old real estate and marketing agent. He came home to Tennessee to visit family and see his step-dad off because he’s just been deployed by the Airforce again… for a year or two. I could hear the uneasiness in his voice and see it on his face. My heart kind of sank into my stomach, and stayed pinned there throughout take-off. So many times I think about those that defend our ‘American Dream’… the one that you and I are getting to live everyday… For me, it’s one of the reasons I sing the National Anthem so much, it’s my little way of giving back… But when I think of those that serve, I think of how strong and brave they are… But strong and brave are those waiting for them back home, too. Note to self: Not all super heroes wear capes. 

We talked a little more… he finds out I’m a singer/songwriter… I give him an album, and he immediately takes out his Mac and pops it in the player and listens to the entire thing… multiple times… He takes his headphones off, “Wow. You’re a really good singer. I think you rank number one on my list of coolest people I have sat next to on a plane!” He tries to pay me for the CD… but I wouldn’t let him because it was payment enough to see that I could bring a smile to his face. Dang, music is powerful. 

It’s about a four hour flight home… only closed my eyes for what must have been twenty minutes… Smooth landing… Baggage claim and AHHHHHH dry California air! Too tired to sleep on the way home… Around the thirty-one hour mark I fall asleep at home… but not for long, because I have to visit my best friend on her birthday.

So much has happened over the last week… I need a minute to process it all. I feel so very blessed on so many levels… I am thankful for the opportunities I receive. Nashville proved to be Music City USA… approachable and charming as all get up… but there is a beat that is still echoing in my ears… the heartbeat of America. It’s steady, strong and slower than California… It’s sweet and pure like honey. Yeah, I got bit by the Nashville bug… actually I think I got bit by a few of them… and I have the marks to prove it. 
XO JP

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Theme: Long Day and Long Good-Byes

Today is my last full day in Tennessee… Dang it’s gone by so quick, but I am definitely starting to get a little homesick (missing that dry weather LOL and my pups) This morning at the hotel in Ashland, I packed all of my things in the car and headed to Music City Center for the last day of NAMM. On the last day of NAMM the public can purchase tickets to come inside and check out all the new and cool technology and gear. There are usually many more demonstrations and sponsored artists performing at the booths. Today didn’t disappoint… and apparently, the decibel patrol was off duty, too! Guess who was performing on the main stage of the hall? Dustin Lynch! He’s one of the hottest acts in Country music right now… just wait for the reaction of the girls in the crowd LOL… (around 3:00 on the video below) But standing there listening to them play, it made sense to me why he’s gaining popularity… they had a good sound, they look great, have a great vibe… and the most important thing… they have the songs to carry them… And the dimples… do we really need to talk about them? Hahahaha Enjoy your backstage pass below 😉 You’re welcome…

This is his song that is popular right now on radio… “Where It’s At”

After a little entertainment I head inside to meet with a couple vendors… Here’s a really tiny glimpse of what inside NAMM looks and feels like…

I found one of my sponsors, PickBandz

At one of my sponsor's booth, PickBandz with rep. Will

Here I am with Will, one of the reps from PickBandz…

They have fun products and are super sweet and they have just partnered with a new company CBGitty. These are really fun little one-string guitars, called Diddley Bows… Check out my duet with Ben! LOL

I look forward to the custom one-string that you guys make up for me! That is going to be a fun time putting a song together with that!

Walking around burning some time, I ran into my friends Olivia and Josh playing at Rain Song Guitars booth! Had to catch a few tunes before my meeting with Blue Microphones.

I ended up cutting out early by myself after my meeting to get a late lunch and see a little more before having to leave… I headed to the infamous Broadway Street to enjoy a last chance at the best BBQ in Nashville, Jacks-Bar-B-Que, and was gifted some parking SWEET! I also caught a little video of the atmosphere, too, just for you guys and gals!

People are so sweet in Nashville... I was gifted and hour and a half parking from some people that were leaving... as you can see, parking is not cheap in the city!

People are so sweet in Nashville… I was gifted and hour and a half parking from some people that were leaving… as you can see, parking is not cheap in the city! $26 Dollars for two hours!! True meaning of paying it forward.

At night Broadway lights up…

Broadway night life in downtown Nashville.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Broadway night life in downtown Nashville.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

 

 

Last chance at #BBQ… And Jack’s place is out the door 😉

 

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If it's good enough for Dolly...

If it’s good enough for Dolly…

… And Garth…

... And the New York Times...

… And the New York Times…

... And all of these people...

… And all of these people…

... Then it's good enough for me!

… Then it’s good enough for me!

There are tons of shops on Broadway… including boot shops… now THIS is a SALE!

Buy one pair get TWO free!

Buy one pair get TWO free!

In the evening I headed to West Nashville to spend the evening listening to some southern blues by my friend Matt Workman and his friends at BrewHouse West and meet back up with Tim and Susan Moyer… In true Nashville fashion, there was on last evening sunset show for me to enjoy…

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Tim... Susan was just protecting your clean cut head from the bugs... LOL

Tim… Susan was just protecting your clean cut head from the bugs… LOL

Susan and Me...

Susan and Me…

Hey I met another Joanna and she's from Temecula... Cray Cray!

Hey I met another Joanna and she’s from Temecula… Cray Cray! Yes this calls for a picture… I don’t think I have ever met another Joanna… spelling counts!

Some last laughs before I say good-bye to my new friends...

Some last laughs before we say our good-byes…

Last group picture with all  these talented friends...

Last group picture with all these talented friends…

Friday, July 10th 2015

Theme: Performances, Aquarium and a lightening show!

Last night I didn’t get much sleep. Not by choice, I just kept waking up. Today Tim Moyer will perform and I will, too. It’s really cool that we have a little bit of Temecula out here. First things first… I have to get ready and head to NAMM… and what does one do with their hair in this humidity? I know my hair stylist back home, Jennifer Foerster, would know what to do… Luckily I brought my curling iron and bought hair spray! Finger curls it is… I get ready and leave at 9:30AM from Ashland… On the way I warm up with various Country radio songs and my regular vocal warm ups…

On my way back to NAMM

On my way back to NAMM

What’s the best way to remember where you parked? For me… take a picture of it!

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Space 3-443

Once I park, I get inside and catch Tim, Susan and Matt playing on the main stage.

Matt, Tim and Susan on the Main Stage

Matt, Tim and Susan on the Main Stage

The sound is great in this space! While they’re on stage, Tim gives me a shout-out as well as Josh Logan and Olivia Henken … who I meet for the first time… I learned that they were past contestants on The Voice (more about them later). I also meet Tim, a Taylor Guitar rep from the El Cajon office. All three are so nice… I guess that’s the cool thing about people in music, it just brings you together like an instant family. Tim ends at 10:50AM… I immediately go inside to find the booth that I am suppose to perform at with Matt at 11:30AM… Everyone meets over there and we do our thing. We’re not allowed to use mics or amps inside because there literally are what we call “Decibel Police” that walk around and secretly measure the decibel levels… and if you are too loud, you get kicked out! Brutal. I have to say with everything else going on in that room, it’s pretty cool when you can make people stop in their tracks and make them listen.

I have to say, Matt Workman WORKS it people. This guy is 26 years old and as I mentioned before he’s a Temecula native. Talented and humble, just the way we grow them in T-Town. Seriously though, amazing player, so honored he played my set with me. Thanks again Matt!

Inside NAMM after performances

Inside NAMM after performances

Performances for the day are over… we check out some of the vendors rooms upstairs like Taylor Guitar and we then we decided to get out of dodge… Tim, Susan, and myself hook up with Ben Cole (D’addario rep) and head out of the city for lunch.

Back seat tourist...

Back seat tourist…

Ben picks the Aquarium at Opry Mills. Excellent choice. Really good food and really, really cool atmosphere. I ordered a salad, the blackened salmon and veggies and a bottle of BRC root beer. Why not? Haven’t had one of those since I was a teenager. LOL. Totally in love with the gigantic aquariums and coral like walls. A nice departure from the “noise” we’ve been hearing all day… yeah it becomes noise when everyone is playing something different at the same time…

Lunch at this awesome place! @Aquarium @OpryMills #firearms 😂😂😂 A video posted by Joanna Pearl (@joannapearl) on

 

In honor of shark week...

In honor of shark week…

Me, Ben with D'Addario, Tim and Susan

Me, Ben from D’Addario, Tim and Susan

Outside Opry Mills Mall is the Grand Ole Opry and a huge Gibson Hummingbird guitar

Outside Opry Mills Mall is the Grand Ole Opry and a huge Gibson Hummingbird guitar

We all head back to the Music Center to get our cars and go for naps before Josh and Olivia’s performance tonight at “UP” on the rooftop of Fairfield Inn at 7PM… well, some of us nap, I go downtown to explore the Nissan Stadium home of the NFL Tennessee Titans… (before you go there, yes I know last season they ranked last in their division, but they are the “Titans… the mighty, mighty Titans” and so was my mascot in high school) I also found a cozy little air conditioned spot in Starbucks to chill out and update my blog… Parking however did cost $11 for 2 hours… so I better type and edit fast! Good thing I ordered a grande iced Carmel Macchiato soy upside down for the work sprint.

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And since I seemed to have deleted all of the stadium pictures, I pulled this one from Google images… it’s cooler anyway

Inspiring view... And a dancing cowboy

Inspiring view with a dancing cowboy in the street… Oh and yes Starbucks, I DO like to bake… both in the sun and oven 🙂

Pano video of the corner of 5th and Church… Time to meet everyone on the rooftop… I’ve said this many times throughout this trip, but thank God for GPS! I put in the address and head over… On the way I pass my PRO (Performing Rights Organization) ASCAP Nashville… I can’t believe it’s just sitting right there on the corner. Maybe next time I am in town I can visit…

ASCAP Nashville

ASCAP Nashville

Valet! Yes please… to the rooftop… the band is setting up, and I find Tim and Susan… The view is incredible! As the band begins, I take a pano Instagram video…

Oh look… a certain cocktail is calling my name… Of course I have to try it!

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Pearly Legal 😉

Josh Logan is super talented! Reminds me a little of Justin Timberlake mixed with Gavin Degraw… Funky and soulful… Here’s a video of Josh on The Voice… In the midst of their sets… the clouds start to roll in… with lightening and thunder… ummmm… and we’re on a rooftop with metal furniture. Suddenly, there’s an unusual coolness in the breeze and… yep… it starts to rain just as Olivia starts her set! (Here’s a video link of Olivia Henken on The Voice)…

#Nashville is alive… Even the sky! Wait for it… ⚡️Ummmm… Is it safe to be #UP here? A video posted by Joanna Pearl (@joannapearl) on

  Even though I am a little uneasy and I think about telling the hotel manager to change the name of their rooftop bar to “Benjamin Frank’s” the moment is really amazing. It was unpredictable. Lightening hopscotching in the clouds directly above our heads and the electrifying feeling of almost being able to reach up and touch it. Rain drops splattered on the ground and our heads in what seemed like the size of limes. Needless to say, all that hairspray from this morning was turning into glue. We all squeezed under the tiny covering as the band continued to play. The rain let up for a few minutes and we were able to get some cool pictures… IMG_3704 (1)

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Batman tower (aka AT&T) in the background

Batman tower (aka AT&T) in the background

 

Thursday, July 9th 2015

Todays theme: “Tennessee Roads” and “Temecula Faces”.

I felt like I drove all over Tennessee today. I helped Jude this morning run some errands and then I left her house to check-in to my hotel… in Ashland… which is about 30 mins North East of Nashville. Nashville is a beautiful, living, breathing city for sure… But I was wondering where the “country” was… 19 miles to Ashland showed me a little of those “back woods” I hear about in country songs. It’s actually a beautiful drive. The highway out to the hotel is lined with lush trees on either side. And the hotel… is right in the thick of it. Gulp. I like the country and all, but uhhhh… I’m traveling by myself and uhhh… okay, I can do this. I open my rental car door and instantly hear the mating calls of Acacia… like THOUSANDS of them in the surrounding gigantic trees. Kind of creepy, not going to lie.  Like I stepped into a real life Bugs Life. Building Exterior Ashland hotel

Directly across the street

Directly across the street

From tree...

Surrounded by trees…

... to tree...

… and more trees.

Once I checked in, turned my room air conditioner on full blast (you guys the humidity out here is unreal) and I settled in, I had to figure out the directions to my practice with my guitarist, Matt Workman. Matt is a Temecula native and has been living in Tennessee for the last two-years. I never met him, but he was recommended by Tim Moyer… a trustworthy source. I punch his address in the GPS… He lives in Antioch… And will take an hour to get there… IMG_3632 Okay no problem… but maybe a small problem because my rental car was due back… at the airport that evening… no problem… just extend right? WRONG! They wanted to charge me double the price! Long story short, cell phones plus cigarette lighter chargers plus a great support team back home helped me iron out the wrinkles as I drove over to Matt’s. I would have been dead in the water… Thanks guys! I made it to meet my new bearded friend Matt Workman (which many of you in the Temecula Valley already know)… He’s a super sweet and humble guy. We went into his cool studio basement for practice and after talking a bit (we share a lot of the same musical tastes) we dove into the songs… WOW… this guy is awesome! We flew through my songs… I asked him to play me something of his… WOW again… very cool stuff… his voice is a mix of like Ray LaMontane and John Legend… and chord variations go places you don’t expect. Actually, his style is really refreshing.

  I said good-bye to Matt and headed to the airport… yes… remember that little car rental “problem”… well, I had to go exchange it with a different company. Traded my Jetta for a brand new Nissan Altima… NICE! Okay, now we’re talking.

So new it doesn't have the plates yet!

So new it doesn’t have the plates yet!

Some comfort for the roads... I love technology :) Thanks for the upgrade team!

Some comfort for the roads… I love technology 🙂 Thanks for the upgrade team!

“Temecula Faces”… Tim and Susan Moyer had been traveling all day and was now on my way to meet up with them for dinner. I met them in Nashville on Broadway… which is THE place to be… which also means everything is more expensive LOL… It’s like a Country Vegas Strip! It’s step after step of neon lights and live music… we’ll be taking a more in depth look at Broadway in the next day. So, we met at The Farm House… locally grown, farm fresh menu items… Everything tasted amazing. We ordered appetizers: cornbread and pimento cheese beignets; entrées: veggie farm plate; and OMG dessert: Strawberry pie on a puddle of homemade caramel sauce with a side of balsamic vinegar ice cream on a crumbled streusel… I swear Paula Dean was in the back making this stuff!

Tim can't wait for me to take the picture LOL

Tim can’t wait for me to take the picture LOL

 

Wednesday, July 8th 2015

I’ve been looking forward to today for a few weeks now. This afternoon I will shake the hands of the people behind-the-scenes that have made bringing my music to you possible. I have worked with them over the past couple of years releasing singles and they are the reason we could have a pre-order for the EP release last August, and why my songs can be purchased and previewed in countless online stores and streaming audio players. I am meeting my distribution company, Ditto Music… who also happens to be Ed Sheeran’s, Sam Smith’s, The Back Street Boys’ and John and Jacob’s (signed by Garth Brooks Label, which is just a few doors down) distribution company, as well. My meeting is at 11AM… I left Jude’s house at 10:30 and arrive at 10:45. No traffic. Everything in Nashville feels right down the street. I’m starting to understand the point of view of someone like a young Carrie Underwood going from something like this to something like Los Angeles. Ditto is located on Music Row… and the offices don’t look like offices at all. They look like houses. Yep. If it wasn’t for the yard signs, one could easily mistake this as just another residential street. But there is magic here. House after house of record labels… They were not joking when they named this area Music Row… (Video of music row here 3595)

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The Ditto House 🙂

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Andy, Me and Jon

 

After the meeting/interview, I had to head towards Music City Center to pick up my badge and check out the facility… but first, a little healthy drive-thru lunch…

We need these in California...

We need these in California…

I made it to Music City Center… got my badge (thank you again to Tim Moyer and D’Addario for the sponsorship) and took myself on a little tour of the beautiful building… Music City Center

Summer NAMM 2015!

Summer NAMM 2015! I promise there is an “S” behind my head…

 

Look closely... Do you see a familiar name? Tim Moyer will be playing tomorrow!

Look closely… Do you see a familiar name? Tim Moyer will be playing on Friday!

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Hall of Fame… and rocking chairs… for reals… I am getting a rocking chair!

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Love these retro lights

(There is a video that is uploading that will be put here…) The plan was to come back in a few hours… but if anyone has been to NAMM they know things change at the drop of a hat… I ended up going to the packed D’Addario Pre-NAMM party at SoundCheck Nashville… Great food, great music. It’s an amazing location, and autographed pictures line the hallways of so many awesome acts that use this company… AND they are a sponsor of last years Temecula Valley Music Award’s… hopefully again this year, as well.

D’Addario & Company, Inc #NAMM pre party #JacksBBQ A video posted by Joanna Pearl (@joannapearl) on

Jake's BBQ...

Jack’s BBQ…

Shout out to Kelly Cowan!  LOL

SoundCheck is on Cowan Street… Shout out to Kelly Cowan! LOL

 

Tuesday, July 7th 2015

“Moon Pies, Bug Spray and Jude Johnstone” Check out some of Jude’s work…  “The Woman Before Me” Written by Jude Johnstone By Trisha Yearwood #1 Billboard song “Unchained” Written by Jude Johnstone By Johnny Cash Won 1997 Grammy “Best Country Album” “Wounded Heart” Written by Jude Johnstone By Bonnie Raitt

Monday, July 6th 2015

It’s 2:04PM PDT, and I’ve been awake since 6:30AM. I’m about 45 minutes into a five and a half hour flight… departing from dry, sunny, entertainment capital Los Angeles, California traveling about 450 miles per hour to humid, country, music town Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It’s time for Summer NAMM, and it will be my first time attending and performing there. It’s a full agenda over the next week as I go forth and represent Headliner Magazine UK, Temecula Valley Music Awards, and myself, Joanna Pearl – the singer/songwriter – via meetings, performances and writing sessions with some amazing talents, who I get to call friends. I feel very blessed. This morning, I packed my black Heys carry-on suitcase to the brim. My go to: sundresses. It’s Summer, and when you’re trying to save space in your luggage that’s what you reach for… one dress is a complete outfit… two pairs of jeans, plain colored t’s and tanks and sheer tops, sandals and heels, select jewelry, straightening and curling iron, pj’s, and yoga clothes. My “purse” for the day is now my black faux-alligator laptop bag with all the necessary electronics – MacBook Pro, iPad2, Iphone5S (with a side of 8 hour extended battery life) 1 TB external hard drive and for each electronic device, it’s companion wall cord… which barley leaves enough room for my passport, business cards, wallet, make-up bag and the other “Mary Poppins” items women seem to store in their handbags.

LAX Terminal 48B

LAX Terminal 48B

I think flying really makes your realize what you need and what you don’t. I found myself emptying out my purse, making piles and qualifying what could come, “I definitely need that… but how many ounces is it? Can I bring hand sanitizer?” And then I started making a list and thinking, “Well, when I land, I will have to find a store and buy ‘fill in the blank’.” How did this happen and I never realized it? Depending on products to survive? LOL. It’s comical really. So, I made the “hard” decisions, I even had remorse about leaving some things behind, but after getting on the road, I was way more focused about getting on my flight… especially since I had a dream about missing it… Don’t you love that feeling? NOT!

Flying American Airlines

Flying American Airlines

LAX – Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live in California… so many awesome things happen here that most of the time people are flying in and I am the one picking them up from the airport, but not today. Today I’m a passenger on American Airlines, sitting in row 15F, and I’ve got a window seat… in the emergency exit… extra room with extra responsibility. The seat is open to the left of me and the seat to the left of that is a man, maybe in his forties. He wears glasses, possibly Spanish heritage, crossed legged sipping a diet coke and munching on a one pound bag of salted peanuts while he watches the in-flight movie with ear buds. He really likes peanuts. Behind me, two women. One has lived in LA most of her life, now lives in Nashville… the other, a singer/songwriter who is the voice of the original “Green Light” commercials… also in a band and is now moving to Nashville. Super sweet ladies. We exchanged info… of course.

SURPRISE! Hey #Nashville #NAMM I’m coming for you! #AmericanAirlines A photo posted by Joanna Pearl (@joannapearl) on

Oh, snack cart is coming… my choice, hummus with multigrain crackers, white wine, and almond M&M’s…

My writing POV

My writing POV

I contemplated paying $23 dollars for Internet during the flight… but decided against it. As cool as that is, I figured this was a good time to depart for the next few hours and fly through my mind… Seems like the only way to do that these days, is to cruise into the blue ocean or soar across a blue sky… Hmmm, seems to be a theme forming here… While I was at the airport I saw these cool comic socks, of course I had to get them and I just put them on my cold tootsies. They remind me of my little dog, Hero… he’s so full of life and he’s not afraid of anything. Maybe that’s a little bit of inspiration for me right now…

Super Hero Socks

Super Hero Socks

It’s been awhile since I have been to Nashville… Last time I was here I was 17. I came right after I graduated high school with my grandparents in our 40-foot motor home. I have some really great memories from that trip, one being my very first experience in a recording studio at the Mall of America Opry Mill… and here I am again, flying at speeds faster than Superman cutting through hues of blue and puffs of pure white clouds with two wings and many prayers from back home… literally living in a dream… Well, it definitely looks that way as I stare out my portal window… It’s so bright, I gotta put my shades on heehee…

Winging it...

Winging it…

 

So bright

So bright

 

Just landed & greeted by a sunset ☀️ Thanks #Nashville! #sunsetlover A photo posted by Joanna Pearl (@joannapearl) on

Off their rockers! I wish I would have taken the picture before I picked up my luggage, all these old people sitting on rocking chairs waiting to pick up loved ones... Now I want a rocking chair! I know I'm old... hahaha

Off their rockers! I wish I would have taken the picture before I picked up my luggage! There’s at least 10 rocking chairs and they were all full of old people sitting waiting to pick up loved ones… Now I want a rocking chair! I know I’m old… hahaha

Rental Car... God Bless GPS!

Rental Car… God Bless GPS!

 

Arrived at Jude house in East Nashville and immediately greeted by her and she starts playing her amazing piano... incredible.

Arrived at Jude house in East Nashville and immediately greeted by her and she starts playing her amazing piano… incredible.

Jude took me to Tenn Sixteen...

Jude took me to Tenn Sixteen…

We had to try the Deviled Egg appetizer

We had to try the Deviled Egg appetizer

2015 LAMA Nomination

On Thursday, June 18th 2015, I officially accepted my nomination for “Pop Artist of the Year 2015” from the board of the Los Angeles Music Awards at the world famous Whiskey A-Go-Go in front of national and international press. This is the 25th Annual Awards show and is sponsored by Music Connection and ReAmp Recording Studios.

Press Release for the Event via LA Variety Magazine

You know me, always with my phone in my hand ready to take pictures to share with all of you… But first, some special shout outs to those that made the night possible: Jennifer Foerster (Hair/Make-up/Stylist) and April Michelle (The Lash Pro) both from Anasa Hair Studio in Temecula, Ca. Also, thank you to Heather Rawlings with the City of Murrieta, Alan Roderick-Jones, my ‘woman’ager Cyrene Jagger and Janice Biehl for coming out and supporting. There are more events coming up that we’re going to need your help with so please keep and eye on Facebook for invites and my website for updates!

Here are some pictures from the night and below them are some interviews that I’m also featured in… one from Focus Magazine and the other from Chinese prime-time TV! Pretty cool! Thanks so much for all the love and support! XOXO JP

Joanna on red carpet with 2015 nominee plaque

Joanna on red carpet with 2015 Los Angeles Music Award Nominee plaque

 

Joanna on inside balcony of Whisky-A-Go-Go

Joanna on inside balcony of Whisky-A-Go-Go

 

Al Bowman, CEO of the LA Music Awards and Joanna

Al Bowman, CEO of the LA Music Awards and Joanna

 

Alan Roderick-Jones (Producer/Director/Artist) and Heather Rawlings (City of Murrieta) supporting Joanna

Alan Roderick-Jones (Producer/Director/Artist) and Heather Rawlings (City of Murrieta) supporting Joanna

 

 

Janice Biehl (Writer/Producer), Cyrene Jagger (Manager), Alan Roderick-Jones, and Joanna Pearl

Janice Biehl (Writer/Producer), Cyrene Jagger (Manager), Alan Roderick-Jones, and Joanna Pearl

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Under the Whisky-A-Go-Go sign

 

Next door to the Whisky is Pearl's Lounge...

Next door to the Whisky is Pearl’s Lounge…

Pearl's sign

Pearl’s sign

Chinese TV:

 Focus Magazine/TV:

Hey! I’m Joanna Pearl… Thank you for coming by to check out my World :) Professionally I’m a singer-songwriter, but there are lots of things that I do and that go into the making of my music career like Fashion, Exercise, Eating Healthy, Community Outreach, Travel, Writing, Creating, and of course lots of Music! I’m always looking for new experiences and I hope you follow along as I share them all with YOU! XOXO Joanna Pearl

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