Joanna Eden was born in Lincolnshire and wrote and performed her first song ‘Happy December’ when she was seven. She could read music before she could write, studied piano from the age of 4 and left university 17 years later with her first tour (with college Indie-band ‘Precious’), an all-consuming love of Ella Fitzgerald and a weakness for drummers. She has four albums to her name and has supported Jamie Cullum, the Buena Vista Social Club and Ronan Keating. Her admirers include Courtney Pine and Sir Michael Parkinson. Time Out described Joanna as “the UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones.”
She also teaches, and numbers Sam Smith among her pupils. Joanna was the mentor and singing coach who met Smith as a nine-year-old and spent the subsequent decade nurturing his talent, bolstering his self belief and “nagging him constantly” to write the songs that have brought him fame, fortune and now four of the most coveted trophies in the music business.