Joan Armatrading









Joan Armatrading

was born as Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading on December 9, 1950, in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, in the Carribean. She is an English singer, songwriter, and she also played the guitar. Joan moved with her family to Birmingham, England in 1958 when she was only eight years old. Working at the Rabone Chesterman in Hockley, Birmingham was her first job. The company manufactured fine engineering tools. She was fired from the job because she brought her guitar to work with her and played it during her breaks. In the 1970's she moved to London to perform in the production of Hair. While there she began writing songs for Pam Nestor and they worked together on an album, Whatever’s For Us, in which she was given the full credit for. The album was released on the Cube label in 1972. Cube was responsible for giving Joan the full credit for the album and this caused a lot of tension between the two (Joan and Pam) and they broke up their musical partnership. Joan was inactive for a period of time after that and she got out of her contract with Cube records. She then signed up with A&M Records in 1975 ans released, Back To the Night. It was promoted on a tour with the jazz - pop group called, The Movies. In 1976 she released the hit single Love and Affection. In 1977 she followed it up with Show Some Emotion and also in 1978 with To the Limit. These albums were all a part of her stage performances. Some of the songs from these albums were Down To Zero, Willow, and Kissin’ and a Huggin’.

After Joan’s writing and performing of The Flight of the Wild Geese, she gained a different audience. This was also used in the beginning and end of the film, The Wild Geese. In 1980 Joan changed her style and released the album, Me Myself & I.. She used the same style in her album she released in 1981 which was Walk Under ladders and again in 1983 with her, The Key, from which came the single, Drop the Pilot.

Joan has mixed her musical styles for decades with the release of her albums and singles. She had several hit singles in the U. K. With the biggest ones being, Love & Affection, Me, Myself, & I, and Drop the Pilot. Her music is folk, rock, jazz, and even some reggae. She has latest album, Into the Blues, was released in may, 2007 so it shows that she is still going strong. Her video, A Woman In Love, is circulating on YouTube and other sites on the internet.