Singer/songwriter, Mother-of-two, creator of singing school based in Palo Alto, Songwriter with Ession Music, Choir Director for Addison Elementary's Noon Chorus.

It’s no wonder Joanna has a deep passion for songwriting.  It’s been passed down to her through the generations.  Here is a waltz her Great great grandmother, Mary Symonds, wrote in 1901.  Mary dedicated this piece of music to the New Zealand boys leaving for the Boer War.


Jeff Weber (Mandolin) and Mike Weibenson (Drums) stopped by the studio to lay some tracks for our new tune. Thanks guys!



Ession rehearsing with local musicians for a gig on Friday, 18th November 2016 @ 6.30pm at Scotty’s Bar & Grill, Palo Alto


Steve Milne (Ession co-writer and guitar), Joanna Finnis (Ession co-writer and vocals), Jeff Weber (Guitar & mandolin), Mike Weibenson (Drums), Karen Geiselhart (vocals), John Hiss (Bass and vocals)