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Joanna Newsom is a highly-accomplished American musician. She has been described as a ‘musical genius’ and the reason is not farfetched. Asides her dexterity with multiple instruments (harp and piano), she is an excellent songwriter and is renowned for her profound lyrics. Joanna Newsom is also the wife of popular comic cum actor, Andy Samberg. Find out more about Newsom here including her bio and age, net worth, etc.

Joanna Newsom – Bio (Age)

Joanna Caroline Newsom was born on the 18th of February 1982 in Grass Valley, Nevada City, California. She hails from a family of six which includes father, William, and mother, Christine. Her parents are both physicians. The musician also has a brother named Peter and a sister named Emily.

Joanna Newsom fell in love with music as a child. This was largely due to the influence of her parents; her mom was an excellent keyboardist while her dad played the guitar. She inherited their love for instruments and when she was just five, they signed her up for harp and piano lessons. Newsom continued to explore her love for music even while in school.

For high school, she attended the Waldorf School, an institution that not only emphasizes academic pursuits but also artistic ones. Newsom also attended Mills College a liberal arts college located in Oakland, California. While there, she honed her songwriting skills by studying composition and creative writing.


Joanna Newsom commenced her professional career whilst still in college. She started out as a keyboardist for The Pleased, a San Francisco-based band. She later quit the band to focus on her career and made two EPs (Walnut Whales and Yarn and Glue). At first, she did not intend to release them publically. However, a friend urged her to drop it for members of the public and she took the advice. It was a good move as her EPs eventually found its way into the hands of singer/songwriter Will Oldham.

He handed it over to the Execs at Drag City Record Label and they offered Newsom a record deal. Since signing with Drag City, Joanna Newsom has dropped at least four full-length albums. They are The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004), Ys (2006), Have One on De (2010) and divers (2015). Newsom has also given unforgettable performances in places such as California, New York, Sydney as well as Europe.

Her Husband and Daughter

Joanna Newsom
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Joanna Newsom is married to one of Hollywood’s well-known funnyman, Andy Samberg. Samberg is a native of California and is a comedian, actor, and writer. He first rose to fame via the internet. This was as a member of a comedy trio, The Lonely Island, who were popular for their viral videos. Samberg became a member of SNL (Saturday Night Live) in 2005 and stayed on the legendary show till 2012.

He is also an accomplished actor and has appeared in movies such as I Love You, Man, Hotel Transylvania Franchise, and Celeste & Jesse Forever, etc. In 2014, Samberg won a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a TV series (musical and comedy) for his role in the police sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

So, how did the couple meet? Prior to their relationship, the couple was fans of each other. Andy Samberg loved Newsom’s songs and frequently attended her shows. Joanna Newsom, on the other hand, loved his work as a member of The Lonely Island. The couple had a mutual friend in the person of renowned comic, Fred Armisen. He decided to put them out of their ‘misery’ by introducing them to each other.

They thereafter started dating in 2009 and later walked down the aisle in September 2013. Newsom and her husband are reserved about their relationship but they do gush about each other occasionally. The couple has a daughter together. Her name is not yet public knowledge but the little bundle of joy arrived in August 2017.

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Joanna Newsom’s Net Worth

Joanna Newsom has a net worth of $5 million. Her source of wealth is most ostensibly her music career. Apart from that, she is also a budding actress and has featured in movies such as The Sky Crawler, Portlandia and Inherent Vice. Inherent Vice is a 2014 movie which focuses on a hippie P.I. as he takes on the L.A. criminal underworld.

The movie featured A-lister’s such as Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon. Joanna Newsom not only had a minor part in the movie but also served as its narrator. Rolling Stone Magazine subsequently described her narration as ‘gorgeously rendered.’

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