Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, lyricist and actress.
Newsom appeared on a track titled “Kindness be Conceived” on Thao and the Get Down Stay Down’s album We The Common, released in February 2013. In March 2013, Newsom contributed to the song “The Man Who Ran The Town” from the album Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear by British skinhead band Hard Skin. Also in March 2013, Newsom participated in a short film for Melissa Coker’s Wren clothing line. In the film, Newsom wears Wren clothing and performs a cover of Sandy Denny’s “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens.” She appeared in, and narrated, the 2014 film Inherent Vice.
Divers, her fourth solo record, was released on October 23, 2015. On December 8, 2015, Newsom performed “Leaving the City” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.