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Joan Armatrading

Biography

Blessed in 1950 on the isle of St. Kitts, Joan Armatrading was her country’s — in addition to Britain’s — initial female to get international success being a vocalist/songwriter. Spicing her undertake folk with components of rock and roll, blues, and jazz, she’s acquired a remarkably lengthy, consistent profession. Armatrading immigrated to Britain in 1958 and started writing music six years afterwards. In 1970, she fulfilled lyricist Pam Nestor, and both started collaborating on materials later highlighted on Armatrading’s 1972 debut, Whatever’s for all of us. The two finished their relationship afterward, and Armatrading resurfaced in 1975 with Back again to the night time. Featuring former associates of Fairport Convention, 1976’s Joan Armatrading catapulted the vocalist in to the U.K. Best 20 and created her only TOP single, “Appreciate and Affection.” Armatrading’s following albums marketed well in the U.K. to her recently established group of fans but just respectably within the U.S., where it took her until 1980 to truly have a real strike (the all-electric Me Myself I). THE MAIN ELEMENT also did quite nicely, but Armatrading continued to be mainly a cult designer with a dedicated following in the us, never quite reaching the stardom she experienced in Britain. Armatrading offers been successful plenty of to tour and record frequently into the fresh millennium. She released Enthusiasts Speak within the Denon label in 2003, accompanied by the concert recording Live: Completely from America annually down the road Savoy. Her all-blues task, In to the Blues, showed up on 429 in 2007. The very first inside a trilogy of genre-specific albums, it debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums graph (an initial for any U.K. feminine designer) and obtained a Grammy nomination for Greatest Contemporary Blues Recording. A rollicking, electrified recording titled This Enchanting Life served because the rock and roll element of her genre trilogy, arriving early this year 2010. It had been adopted in 2013 by way of a jazz recording, Starlight, a couple of all originals which shown Armatrading’s range in songwriting in addition to musicianship.

Quick Facts


Full Name Joan Armatrading
Profession Actor, Film director, Film producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Film Editor, Film Score Composer
Education Open University
Nationality British
Spouse Maggie Butler
Siblings Tony Armatrading
Music Songs Love & Affection, Down to Zero, Drop The Pilot, The Weakness In Me, More Than One Kind of Love, I'm Lucky, All the Way From America, Call Me Names, Dry Land, Me Myself I, Everyday Boy, Water With the Wine, Woncha Come on Home, It Could Have Been Better, Kissin' and a Huggin', Mama Mercy, No Love, Cool Blue Stole My Heart, When I Get It Right, Show Some Emotion, Kind Words, Somebody Who Loves You, Never Is Too Late, Flight of the Wild Geese, Visionary Mountains, Merchant of Love, Is It Tomorrow Yet?, Recommend My Love, Empty Highway, Shape of a Pony, Something's Gotta Blow, All a Woman Needs
Albums Walk Under Ladders, Me Myself I, Show Some Emotion, To the Limit, The Key, Whatever's for Us, Back to the Night, Into the Blues, Joan Armatrading, The Shouting Stage, What's Inside, Secret Secrets, Lovers Speak, Square the Circle, Hearts and Flowers, This Charming Life, Live: All the Way from America, Sleight of Hand, Track Record, Steppin' Out, Live At The Royal Albert Hall, Starlight, The Very Best of Joan Armatrading, Me Myself I - World Tour, Love and Affection: Classics 1975-1983, The Tempest Songs, Love & Affection the Very Best Of, How Cruel, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Joan Armatrading, Willow:The Joan Armatrading Collection, Love And Affection - The Best Of (2CD set), The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Joan Armatrading, Love And Affection: The Essential Joan Armatrading, Silver Collection 2, Classic, Gold, Love & Affection, Performance Classics: Steppin' Out Live
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist
Movies Joan Armatrading: Live: All the Way from America


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#Fact
1 Soho, London, England [May 2009]
2 Ranked #59 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
3 She was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to music.
4 Sister of Tony Armatrading.
5 Singer.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acoustic at the BBC 2011 TV Movie performer: "Woncha Come On Home?" 1977 / writer: "Woncha Come On Home?" 1977
When Rock Goes Acoustic 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "Woncha Come On Home" 1977 / writer: "Woncha Come On Home" 1977
Kill List 2011 writer: "It Could Have Been Better"
Idols 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Six Feet Under 2005 TV Series 1 episode
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary performer: "Down to Zero" / writer: "Down to Zero"
Eulogy 2004 lyrics: "Willow", "Love & Affection" - as Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading / music: "Willow", "Love & Affection" - as Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading / performer: "Willow"
Oz 2003 TV Series 1 episode
Stars in Their Eyes 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Me Myself I 1999 performer: "Me Myself I" 1980 / writer: "Me Myself I" 1980
10 Things I Hate About You 1999 performer: "The Weakness In Me" / writer: "The Weakness In Me"
Never Tell Me Never 1998 TV Movie writer: "Drop the Pilot"
Homicide: Life on the Street TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special performer: "Recommend My Love" / writer: "Recommend My Love"
Moonlight and Valentino 1995 performer: "The Weakness In Me" / writer: "The Weakness In Me"
Art for Teachers of Children 1995 performer: "Down to Zero" / writer: "Down to Zero"
Boys on the Side 1995 performer: "Willow" / writer: "Willow"
Paperback Romance 1994 performer: "Love and Affection" / writer: "Love and Affection"
Hear No Evil 1993 lyrics: "WILLOW" / music: "WILLOW" / performer: "WILLOW"
Sibling Rivalry 1990 performer: "Warm Love" / writer: "Warm Love"
Miami Vice TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1988 writer - 1 episode, 1986
The Chocolate War 1988 performer: "Everybody Gotta Know" / writer: "Everybody Gotta Know"
Soul Man 1986 "Love and Affection"
The Benny Hill Show 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wild Geese 1978 performer: "Flight of the Wild Geese" / writer: "Flight of the Wild Geese"
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Only Fools and Horses.... 1990 TV Series singer - 1 episode
Road Movie 1974 songs

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joan Armatrading: All the Way from America 2004 Video

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joan Armatrading: All the Way from America 2004 Video Joan Armatrading

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joan Armatrading: All the Way from America 2004 Video

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joan Armatrading: All the Way from America 2004 Video

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joan Armatrading: All the Way from America 2004 Video producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Newport Effect 2014 Documentary Segment Narrator (voice)
When Rock Goes Acoustic 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Breakfast 2003-2010 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
Live from Abbey Road 2008 TV Series
Later... With Jools Holland 1995-2007 TV Series Herself
The Heaven and Earth Show 2007 TV Series Herself
Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute 2005 TV Movie Herself
Arena 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
The Last of the Gentleman Producers 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Today with Des and Mel 2003 TV Series Herself
Kelly 2003 TV Series Herself
Perfect Day 1997 Video short Herself - vocalist
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992 TV Series Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1988-1990 TV Series Herself
Brit Awards 1989 1989 TV Special Herself
Wired 1988 TV Series
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Herself
The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 Documentary Herself
French and Saunders 1987 TV Series Herself
Top of the Pops 1983 TV Series Herself
Saturday Superstore 1983 TV Series Herself
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 1982 Documentary Herself
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series Herself
The David Letterman Show 1980 TV Series Herself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1977 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acoustic at the BBC 2011 TV Movie Herself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Herself
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special Herself
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Herself
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Gold Badge Award BASCA Gold Badge Awards · Tony Burrows
· Christina Coker
· Ray Davies
· Christopher Gunning
· Mick Hucknall
· John Leckie
· Arlene Phillips
· Mike Read
· Mike Ross-Trevor
· Clare Teal
· Dennis Waterman


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#Quote
1 You don't have to be rich and famous. You just have to be an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things. I'd like more people to know that it's there. Women's achievements still aren't recognized enough in many areas.
2 Right from day one, you know when you've written a good song.


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