NEWS: Joanna Sternberg announces new album 'I've Got Me,' and shares its title track

NEWS: Joanna Sternberg announces new album ‘I’ve Got Me,’ and shares its title track

New York singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Joanna Sternberg, has just announced their new album, I’ve Got Me, out June 30th 2023 on their new label, Fat Possum. Sternberg has revealed the record’s titular track and lead single, ‘I’ve Got Me,‘ alongside a stunning video featuring their own illustrations. Recorded at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather Studios, I’ve Got Me was recorded and mixed over six days of intensely productive sessions during the summer of 2022. Watch here:

This month, Joanna Sternberg will perform a Union Pool residency in New York on March 8th, 22nd and 29th. Additionally, Sternberg will head south to Austin for SXSW, as well as play select shows in the US this April. Full dates are listed below

Sternberg wrote the songs for I’ve Got Me on the 40th floor of a tower in Manhattan Plaza on 42nd Street in New York City. Following the success of Then I Try Some More, Sternberg’s debut album, a stunning combination of a timeless melody and harrowing lyrical insight, they returned to their family’s apartment 40 stories in the sky for what was meant to be a short stay.  Society went sideways, so Sternberg stayed up writing in the towers, and the stunning I’ve Got Me came out of their time up there. 

After starting a full scholarship to Mannes College Of Music for classical and finishing at the New School on a scholarship for jazz, Sternberg spent their early 20’s gigging non-stop in NYC as a professional stand up bassist. In 2019, they released Then I Try Some More, which quickly began making waves online. Shortly after, they did a successful two-week tour opening for Conor Oberst. It seemed they had finally broken out of the years-long grind of schlepping a double bass on late night subway rides from Brooklyn jazz gigs to uptown orchestra pits. But Sternberg’s retreat home for respite from touring and jazz living coincided with the pandemic and the end of the known world.

The songs on I’ve Got Me are a bat signal from Sternberg’s NYC spire and the confines of their bedroom (represented on the album cover, illustrated by Sternberg). Some of their predecessors in the towers of Manhattan Plaza, a middle-income artists only residence established in the 1970’s, include Charles Mingus, Tennessee Williams, Alicia Keys, and more. It is a massive, 46-story universe of living New York City history, artist families and legendary elders.

There is no place like it. The only other entity more representative of working New York City artists might be Sternberg’s family; when asked for influences, Sternberg lists their relatives exclusively, all NYC performers and visual artists: “Yiddish Theater Gods” grandmother Fraydele Oysher and great uncle Moishe Oysher, opera singer grandpa Harold Sternberg, their aunt comedian Marilyn Michaels, and most of all their father, painter/guitarist/songwriter Michael Sternberg. 

When asked for musical references outside of their family, Sternberg’s list is far-reaching. “I was raised in a religiously Beatles obsessed household listening to Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and James Brown,” Sternberg says. “Later I became obsessed with Motown – specifically James Jameson – and Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, and Randy Newman.” Tough old New York music like Ramones, Bob Dylan, and 20th century broadway musicals also inform Joanna’s approach to music, as well as classical legends including Brahms, Mahler, and Mozart. These anachronistic references somehow only draw attention to Sternberg’s singular and universal voice. I’ve Got Me producer Matt Sweeney says: “For me, this album is a dead-on example of how the more brave and clear an artist is in expressing their own world, the stronger it resonates with strangers.”

There’s a cathartic experience to listening to Joanna’s music and that’s exactly why they chose to share their deepest and darkest. “I love people, I love to make people laugh, I love to make them feel better.” Joanna says, “Anytime someone reaches out and tells me my music helped them, my dream comes true.”

New album ‘I’ve Got Me’ out June 30th- Pre-order/ pre-save  HERE

Joanne Sternberg Tour Dates


8 – New York, NY @ Union Pool

Mar. 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

22 – New York, NY @ Union Pool

29 – New York, NY @ Union Pool


21 – Boston, MA @ Cafe 939

22 – Northampton, MA @ Bishop’s Lounge
27 – Wayne, PA (Philly) @ 118 North

28 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong

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Credit Shervin Lainez

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