Joan Armatrading Tickets for Sale

Joan Armatrading's rich voice, with its island lilt, is a most expressive instrument. Armatrading made her mark with her self-titled 1976 album, which featured everything from lighthearted, literate love songs to intimate confessions of near-religious beauty. The talent she displayed on that record ensured that Ms. Armatrading would have a busy career as a recording artist. In the '80s she explored a wide spectrum of styles that ranged from acoustic to straight-ahead rock. In the '90s, a new generation of independent female artists have acknowledged a debt to Ms. Armatrading by covering her songs.

Born on the island of St. Kitts, British singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading was her country's first Black woman to make commercial inroads into her chosen genre, spicing her take on folk with bits of soul and reggae, and has had a remarkably long, consistent career. Emigrating to England in 1958, Armatrading met lyricist Pam Nestor in 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 afterwards, and Armatrading resurfaced in 1975 with Back to the Night. Featuring former members of Fairport Convention, 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 record regularly into the new millennium and tour.
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Armatrading's backing musicians have included members of Little Feat, Fairport Convention, XTC and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. She works only with the finest, like Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Manu Katche (Sting), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty) and studio stalwart Greg Phillingames. Joan has also worked with an impressive list of producers and co-producers legend Glyn Johns, Gus Dudgeon, Steve Lillywhite, David Tickle (Prince, Debbie Harry).

Working with such a varied cast comes naturally to Armatrading. Effortlessly eclectic, her sound ranges from share soul to sophisticated pop --an apt mix for a performer born under the palms of the West Indies and raised beneath the smokestacks of Birmingham England. Her first guitar a gift from her mother - a pawn shop exchange for two old prams - Joan by the early 70's had moved to London and released her debut, Whatever's for Us. The career that followed has seen the birth of classics - "Love and Affection," Down to Zero" "Drop the Pilot" "Me Myself I." Joan has been a long time supporter and performer for the Princes Trust, and played for Nelson Mandela oh his 70th birthday at Wembley Stadium in London. Joan has received the Key to Sydney and was a guest of honor at her home country's Independence Celebrations.

She was nominated twice as Best female vocalist for the Brit awards and also nominated 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 silver, gold and platinum albums and consistent, enviable critical acclaim. Her most recent achievements have included 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 and she has been made an Honorary Fellow of the John Moores University of Liverpool.
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