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Joan Armatrading - an English singer, lyricist, and guitarist was born in December 1950, in Basseterre, Saint Kitts.
Joan Armatrading moved with her family to Birmingham, England in 1958. Her first job was working at Rabone Chesterman in Birmingham and was dismissed from the job because she insisted in bringing her guitar to work, and playing during tea breaks. In the early 70s she moved to London to perform in a theatre production of Hair (musical). There she met Pam Nestor, with whom she began writing songs. They worked together on the album Whatever's for Us, released on the Cube label in 1972. Cube, but due to various tensions they broke up of this musical partnership, resulting in a period of inactivity for Armatrading while she extracted herself from her contract with Cube Records.
In 1975 she signed for A&M, and issued Back to the Night, which was promoted on tour with a six-piece jazz-pop group called The Movies. Joan credited up and coming UK singer Elkie Brooks on the sleeve notes as she had cooked for Joan and the band in the studio while making the album, which was produced by Elkie's then husband Pete Gage. In 1976, with the involvement of producer Glyn Johns led to her next self-titled album into one of the top best sellers of the year, featuring the hit single Love and Affection. The album mixed acoustic work with jazz-influenced material, and this style was retained for the 1977 follow-up Show some Emotion, which was also produced by Glyn Johns as was 1978's To the Limit. These albums included songs which continue to be staples of Armatrading's live shows, including Willow, Down to Zero and Kissin' and a Huggin. A live album Steppin' Out in 1979 showcased her well-honed stage act.
In 1980 Armatrading drastically modified her playing style and released Me, Myself, I, a harder pop-oriented album produced by Richard Gottehrer. The same pop style was also evident on the 1981 album Walk under Ladders and 1983's The Key which produced a hit in the single Drop the Pilot.
She brought assorted musical styles over decades of recording and performing. She has scored several UK hit singles, the biggest of which were Love & Affection, Me Myself I and Drop the Pilot. Generally, her music is mostly pop with forays into rock, folk, jazz, and even reggae.
Into the Blues, her latest album is to be released in US on May 1, 2007. A video for the first single, A Woman in Love, is circulating on YouTube and similar sites.
Throughout her singing career, she has worked with various artists, not to mention the finest, infact, like Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Manu Katche (Sting), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty) and studio stalwart Greg Phillingames. The roducers and co-producers list includes legend Glyn Johns, Gus Dudgeon, Steve Lillywhite, David Tickle (Prince, Debbie Harry). She has also worked with Little Feat, Fairport Convention, XTC and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
She was twice voted as Best female vocalist for the Brit awards and also twice for the American Grammy Award of Best Female Vocalist. She received the Ivor Novello awarded for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996 all along with numerous platinum, gold and silver albums and consistent, enviable critical acclaim.
Joan released a CD of 'Lullabies With A Difference' in December 1998 for a children's charity called PACES.
Her most recent achievements include being nominated as one of the 100 most influential women in rock in the VH1 poll at the end of 1999. Joan received a platinum CD for her participation with other artists in the Lou Reed song Perfect Day by the BBC for sales of over 1 million.
After five years of studying Joan received her BA (Hons) Open University Degree in History, she has been awarded an Honorary Degree from Birmingham University. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the John Moores University of Liverpool and of Northampton University. In 2003 Joan was invited to become one of the Trustees of the Open University. Joan was elected President of Women of The Year in UK in 2005 for a term of 5 years.
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