JOANPi was born in Athens, Greece.
As a child, her love of art (especially music) was nurtured by her mother. She started learning (self-taught) keyboards at the age of nine; at the age of seventeen -just after finishing school- she started writing songs. She received training and completed a course in Music Technology in Athens (2000-2002), attended a Music & Media Management (BA) course in London (2004) and then returned to Greece to focus on songwriting and a career as a recording artist under the name JOANPi (2005). In 2006/2007, JOANPi entered various international songwriting competitions with her first complete song "A Day at the Beach" which stood out in the following categories:
Monthly Winner status (Electronica/Dance category) in Song of the Year,
Honorable Mention Winner (Instrumental-any style) in the 11th Annual Unisong International Song Contest,