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Joanna Butler

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"Inspiration exists but it has to find you working" Pablo Picasso


Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Natasha Bedingfield, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Amy Sky, Jann Arden, Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams, Trews, Meaghan Smith

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Ed Sheerhan, Kelly Clarkson, Meaghan Smith, Melanie Doane, John Mayer

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Halifax, NS

Level of Experience:



Folk | Jazz | Rock | Adult Alternative | Adult Contemporary  | Indie Rock  | Pop

I Write:

By myself | For myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns

Songs Recorded:

In My Daydream Under November Skies This is the World Morning Light Deliver You Maryvale Moon Kiss Me Cross my lips Stand Together We'll Find a Way Close Your Eyes

Albums Released:

What's in the Water (2011) Stand Together (single) Planet Atlantic (We'll Find a Way and other songs by East Coast Artists) We'll Find a Way (single)


International Songwriting Competition 2020 semi-finalist for In My Daydream; honour award in Great American Song Contest for Stand Together 2009; Nashville song contest 2009

Other Credits:

finalist in the David Suzuki Playlist for the Planet; top 10 finalist for film song contest "No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure", 2010 for Say My Name

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc.

Other Jobs:

working with children and teens to teach life skills


Newsflash: Joanna's co-written song In My Daydream is a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, 2020. Co-writer Meaghan Smith lends her beautiful vocals to the song, produced by Jason Mingo. William Crowdis is a third co-writer.

In 2020, Joanna has moved to co-writing songs over Zoom, rather than performing. Joanna added a Virtual Choir to her song/video "Under November Skies/Sous le ciel de novembre" . It is a Remembrance Day honouring the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. In 2019, she completed a website dedicated to the song with sheet music for choirs "".
In 2018 completed Pop song, In My Daydream, with Meaghan Smith, William Crowdis, song produced by Jason Mingo. The song is being represented by Nightingale Indie Music.

in 2018-2019 completed Under November Skies, and French song Sous le ciel de Novembre, and made the original video produced by Scott Ferguson, FMP. She had her first trip to Nashville for a week long workshop with Gretchen Peters, and she performed at the Bluebird Cafe.

Along with Melanie Donnelly and Catherine Kinsman, Joanna launched an anthem for the planet called "We'll Find a Way" sung by Dave Carroll, Ian Sherwood, Chelsea Amber, Kim Wempe, Carmel Mikol and Michael Redden, along with us. Celebrated the screening of a Music Video and promos featuring all of the artists and over hundred locals ( on Tuesday June 15th 2010 in Halifax, N.S. All proceeds of single on i-Tunes (search Planet Atlantic) go to environmental causes,David Suzuki, Solar Aid (U.K.) and Ecology Action Centre. Artists put together a compilation CD to benefit the environment as well, available from Made it to the finals in the David Suzuki Playlist for the Planet contest with We'll Find a Way!

Previously, on President Obama's first visit to Ottawa, Melanie Donnelly, Catherine Kinsman and Joanna sang their first co-written song "Stand Together" at a Welcome Obama rally. They then performed the song at Toronto City Hall for the SOS of the Americas conference. James Linderman, Prof. at Berklee Music School endorsed Stand Together, as a "song about being troubled, being hopeful and being loved in a world facing challenges that are massive and seeing hope in an awakened awareness that we are immensely powerful when we work as one".

Joanna developed her songwriting skills for three summer songwriting workshops at Humber college in Toronto. There she found encouragement from Andy Kim, Rik Emmett, Damnhait Doyle, and James Linderman, and has continued with Songstudio online, and a week long Bootcamp with Song Academy based in U.K.

In 2011, Joanna and singer/songwriters Melanie Donnelly and Mel Farrimond, formed a new trio "What's in the Water". Each solo performers in their own right, these girls performed their original "folk /soft rock" songs, with a mixture of upbeat tunes, some tear-jerkers and carefully crafted harmonies. Along with House Concerts, they headlined at the Songwriters Music Festival in Whitby Ontario, and performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland in August.
The trio wrote a song for the film No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure, by Dena Ashbaugh, and were runners up in the contest.

Joanna was thrilled to become a Star Åmbassador of the IWK Health Centre in 2012 for contributing artistically to the IWK, with a song honouring caregivers called "Every Step of the Way".

Joanna helped Lisa Genge and Alan MacLeod to form, and co-coordinate the Halifax Regional Songwriters Group, a Chapter of the Songwriters Association of Canada. Along with co-writing with various artists, she's supporting her trio buddy, Mel Farrimond to stage Bluebird North Songwriting Circles at the Music Room in Halifax, in 2013.

Joanna welcomes the opportunity to co-write and is interested in pitching songs to other artists and writing for film.

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