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Discography - Album CD
Live:All the Way From America   2004  
Lovers Speak   2003  
Love and Affection   1996 2 CD
Love and affection:Classics 1975-1983   2003 2 CD
Whats Inside   1995  
Square the Circle   1992  
Hearts and Flowers   1990  
The Shouting Stage   1988  
25th Anniversary Series   1987  
Greatest Hits   1987  
Sleight of Hand   1986  
Secret secrets   1985  
Track record   1983  
The Key   1983  
Walk Under Ladders   1981  
Me Myself I   1980  
Steppin' Out   1979  
How Cruel   1979  
To The Limit   1978  
Show Some Emotion   1977  
Joan Armatrading   1976  
Back to the Night   1975  
Singer songwriter   2001  
Whatever's For Us   1972  
and various compilations      
BIO - Joan Armatrading

JOAN ARMATRADING has come a long way since her birth in the West Indies and her upbringing in Birmingham. With 17 stunning albums to her credit and a new CD inr March 2003 on Telstar Records, Joan’s subtle and sublime music has touched millions of people all over the world.

Known as a true craftsman, her distinctive vocals and consummate musicianship – she has arranged as well as played nearly every instrument on her forthcoming album – have led to unanimous, widespread and, perhaps most importantly, consistent critical acclaim. Effortlessly eclectic, her sound has ranged from true soul to sophisticated pop driven by her passionate guitar.

In musical terms Joan Armatrading has achieved far more than most performers even dream of - she has played, and still does, with some of the finest musicians around, she has received countless gold, platinum and silver discs, she has been nominated for both Brit and Grammy Awards, she has been the recipient of a highly coveted Ivov Novello Award, she figured large in VH1’s Top 100 voted poll The Most Influential Woman In Rock….. But more than that. Joan has been honoured by the Queen and is one of the few female artists ever to receive an MBE. She has played for Nelson Mandela, been given the key to Sydney, is Patron of various charities and been awarded several degrees.

Born in St Kitts in the West Indies on December 9th 1950 and moving to England when she was seven, she took her first musical steps on her mother’s piano. Although her father had a guitar it was strictly out of bounds so when Joan saw one for £3 in a pawn shop window she pestered her mother to barter two old prams they no longer used. She taught herself to play and began writing songs at the age of 14. Leaving school when she was 16 she undertook various jobs, all the while writing songs, until signing to Cube Records in 1971.

Her debut album, “Whatever’s For Us”, produced by the late great Gus Dudgeon and written with her friend Pam Nestor, was released the following year on Cube in the UK and A&M in the States. In 1975 she signed to A&M world-wide and the career that has followed has witnessed a plethora of classic and memorable songs – “Love and Affection”, “Down To Zero”, “Drop the Pilot”, “Me Myself I”….. Joan has worked with members of Little Feat, Fairport Convention, XTC, the Police and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Musicians such as Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) Tony Levin (King Crimson), Manu Katche (Sting), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty), Mark Knopfler and stalwart Greg Phillingames have all joined her in the studio while her list of producers is impressive – Glyn Johns, Gus Dudgeon, Steve Lillywhite, David Tickle to name but a few. The first non-jazz artist to play at London’s Ronnie Scott’s in the main room, Joan has many distinctions to her credit. A long time supporter and performer for the Prince’s Trust, she lends her support to various charities across the world. In December 1998 she released a CD, “Lullabies With A Difference” in aid of PACES, a charity for children with Cerebral Palsy.

She is a Patron of the Peace University in Vienna and recently she became a Patron of Ukuza which helps raise the cultural profile of South Africa. South Africa has always been close to Joan’s heart. A huge admirer of Nelson Mandela, not only has she performed live for him at his 70th birthday at Wembley Stadium but, in 1999, she was invited to write a special tribute song. Titled “The Messenger”, Joan performed it to the former President of South Africa when he made a private visit to the UK in 2000….he smiled and danced throughout.

In 1996 Joan was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection while her most recent platinum CD was received for her part in the BBC’s “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed.

March 2003 saw the first release for Joan Armatrading on the Telstar label. The “Lovers Speak” album features 14 tracks in all arranged and produced by Joan. In addition, with the exception of drums and horns, she plays every instrument herself. An exceptional CD that combines strong upbeat melodies, riffs that stick in your head and passionate, stirring soulful ballads, it is the result of a long-held desire to make a truly solo album. But this is no hotch-potch of styles, rather a cohesive testament to the ability of one of Britain’s greatest female artists. The feel is truly Joan, the thread that runs through all the diverse elements and meshes them together is the touch the artist herself brings. As Joan explains “I’ve wanted to make an album that reflected me for a while now and I think this does”.

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