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.
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]