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Joan Armatrading

Born in 1950 on the island of St. Kitts, British singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading was her country's -- as well as Britain's -- first woman to make commercial inroads into her chosen genre, spicing her take on folk with elements of rock, blues, and jazz, and has had a remarkably long, consistent career. Armatrading immigrated to England in 1958 and began writing songs six years later. In 1970, she met lyricist Pam Nestor at a touring production of Hair, and the two began collaborating on material later featured on Armatrading's 1972 debut, Whatever's for Us. The two ended their partnership afterward, and Armatrading resurfaced in 1975 with Back to the Night. Featuring former members of Fairport Convention, 1976's Joan Armatrading catapulted the singer into the U.K. Top 20 and produced her only Top Ten single, "Love and Affection." Armatrading's subsequent albums sold well in the U.K. to her newly established fan base but only respectably in the U.S., where it took her until 1980 to have a real hit (the all-electric Me Myself I). The Key also did quite well, but Armatrading remained largely a cult artist with a small but devoted following in America, never quite achieving the stardom she had in Britain. Armatrading has been successful enough to tour and record regularly into the new millennium. She released Lovers Speak (Denon, 2003), Live: All the Way from America (Savoy, 2004), and her first all-blues project, Into the Blues (429, 2007), which debuted at number one on Billboard's Blues Albums chart -- a first for a U.K. female artist. The rollicking This Charming Life (also 429) arrived early in 2010, followed by Starlight in 2013. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Does she have any concerts in the U.S.? I've never heard of any.
xxtwatson
Opportunity
Came to my door
When I was down
On my luck
In the shape
Of an old friend
With a plan
Guaranteed
kariw19646
Joan's a better guitarist than everyone but Hendrix. She is to guitar what Tori is to piano.
Walk Joan ...walk....
I dare you to name just one song of Joan's that is even slightly unbearable. I could listen to a 24 hour version of I'm Lucky. As a result I can walk under ladders.
A flatmate in Hong Kong introduced me to Joan Armatrading' s music in 1979 and I've never lost my love of her voice/lyrics / a n d musicality. 15 years later after my initiation to JA , I travelled with the love of my life through a horrific rainstorm to hear her sing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. I was stunned that most of the audience had no idea who she was , and failed to appreciate her gifts. I still get chills when I hear her sing. David Westendorff
how to say it....I cry, I laugh, I tap my foot, I think clearer, her music makes me remember to live life and not to just get through it.
susan_schepp
She brings me to my knees. There is no one like her. Please play more.
phyllis.bene d i c t
She is great, I've never heard of her before, but she reminds me of some of the Joni Mitchell I enjoy.
Falling in Love w/a Bahamian woman in Greenwich Village in 77 , we both fell hard for Joan's Love and Affection...
So sad though..I lost her, she was killed..you see you couldn't be lesbian's in love, unless of course you hid it.
saw her at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin ;many spliffs ago;awsome show
Saw her many years ago at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach. It was special.
I'd LOVE to see her live. I started paying attention to her in the 80's and I don't hear her music often enough.
One of the greats, have seen Joan live several times. She is a special talent!
missy.frecci a
Been a fav since 70's...still is.
I was introduced to Joan Armatrading by my uncle who lived in Ethiopia for three years. Even as a kid, I loved her strong lyrics.
busybee55
I saw Joan in concert twice at Red Rocks in Colorado in the 80's. Magical!
annah_g_2001
I remember hearing of Joan while I was living in Japan....
bdiekmann
Joan's the best. Have seen her in concert in Boston (small, small venue - the best) and NH a couple of times! She just gets better and better! Missed the opportunity to meet her in person last week in NH but at least I got to hear her for 1.5 hours!
Joan Armatrading is such an original. No other artist has the same sound. She's often described as a blues/folk/r o c k artist, but to me, there's a really cool jazz flavor too--- a unique, ethereal, atmospheric, electric kind of jazz. Her songs really take me to another place in my mind that no other artist does, especially "Show some Emotion" and "Love
lclockridge
Ms. Armatrading produces music that fully expresses bitter-sweet emotions. She fills an important space in our musemotional needs.
I've seen Joan in Colorado, ORegon, Montana and Minnesota. Loved her in every venue. Beautiful artist. Bought her Joan ARmatrading album at a yard sale for about a buck....it was the best I've ever spent. I love her. Dry Land, Somebody Who Loves You, I melted. She touches my heart...help e d me through some tough times.
I went to see Dan Hill at the Bottom Line in NYC many years ago. At first I was disappointed thinking I wouldn't be hearing much of Dan. However, when Joan came on.........W O W , she was incrediable. I've been a huge fan ever since.
Joan never gave into the mainstream or sold her musical soul to the industry, she used her talents and kept me entertained since the 70's - I still have a Joan t-shirt from the late 70's, a bit faded due but who cares, it's classic just like her music. Thank you Joan.
timuhr
She started off as a blues singer, then went into rock music for a few albums, and then back into blues. I personally loved her rock and her early music the best. Although a few of her later songs delve into the emotion of her early recordings. She is at her best when singing with passion.
"Willow" is unconditiona l love, "Love and Affection" unconditiona l romance, "Dry Land" is unconditiona l surrender
caboquixotem a n
"Tell me when I get it right"...... . J o a n ' s work with Dolbey is unsurpassed!
LOVE Joan. Living here in the U.S., I always feel like I'm her only fan within 500 miles (and I still might be!). So it's great to hear her on Pandora, and read your stories, and be touched to tears. Possibly two of my fave Joan songs (and there are MANY) are "Songs" from What's Inside, and "Something In The Air" is a SOARING masterpiece that makes me sob with joy every time I hear it.
I saw Joan perform in the California Concord pavilion in 1988. Two days later I left to Australia and was able to see her again in Adelaide, South Australia. The two audiences could not have been more different and diverse. But Joan rocked them both and had us all on our feet, singing and swaying for all her encores! heaven and musical harmony are somehow connected
I've always enjoyed listening to Joan-she was one of my favorite artists in 80's and I'm listening to her now too. Would enjoy seeing her in concert myself someday....
I have been listening to Joan from the 70's. I bought the debut album with her
and Pam Nestor. It was the best dollar I spent. About four or five years ago I
caught her in concert in Fort Lauderdale. Serendipity again. I trully love her
music and her spirit. By the way I am a fifty four year old man from St. Thomas
Virgin Island. St. Thomian Georgie
HAPPY HOLIDAY'S TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
I'm a true Joan-nohocil fan, I've listen to her music since I was a babylesbain and Hearts and Flowers is trully a gift of sweet sound to my ears.
THANK YOU Joan for gift of song.
One of your long time fan AngieRose Tilghman
Saw her on Abbey Road and had never heard her before. WOW!! Will certainly be a fan now.
velvety, throaty voice ... unusual melodies, and the ability to sing about my soul
My husband and I have been listening to her since the 70's. She more than any other artist enhances a romantic mood for us - even after 32 years of marriage. We are definitely among the devoted followers.
She kept me from suicide when I heard Love and Affection. Today I am a nurse and with the help on Joan a dedicated nurse. She'll always be in my heart....... . . . f o r e v e r .

K Baldwin
mzshowbiz
She's got a great song that The writers of L-Word incorporated into Season 5 called: "I Am Not In Love"-its a song that plays upon words because although the title suggests the artist is not in love the lyrical content is actually divulgent into being loved!
would love ti hear more from this artist.
She's one fine St. Kitt woman!
a black women singing folk music,, yea. i love her writing and her voice the best,, increible...
She is incredible - guess I have been part of the "cult following"
since the 80's.
churchevans
Love her music.
This is my favorite artist ever. Wondering why you don't have more of her "stuff"?

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