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a few words about Joan

  • In 2016 Joan wrote the music for Shakespear's The Tempest. Click here for full details.

    In 1973 Joan was named the outstanding New Artist of of that year in a critics' poll in the trade magazine MUSIC WEEK
    Joan Armatrading became the very first UK female singer/songwriter to gain international success.

    In 2007 Joan Armatrading became the first female UK artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboards Blues chart.

    Joan Armatrading became the first ever female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category

    All the while, no matter the accolade, Joan Armatrading has focused on the music. "I write," she says, "because I love it.


My awards

  • Music Award Winner

    Artist Artists' Award Music Managers Forum  - (2016)
    Lifetime Achievement Radio 2 Folk Awards  - (2016)
    Lifetime Achievement British Folk Festival  - (2012)
    BASCA Gold Badge Award - (2011)
    Ivor Novello Contemporary Song Collection - (1996)

  • Music Nominations

    Grammy Nominations
    Best Contemporary Blues CD - (2007)
    Best Female Artist - (1986)
    Best Female Artist - (1980)

    BritAwards Nominations
    Best British Female Artist - (1996)
    Best British Female Artist - (1983)

  • Academic

    BA Honours studied History Open University (2001)
    Honorary Degrees  
    Honorary Doctorate Music Open University (2013)
    Honorary Doctorate Music Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (2008)
    Honorary DLitt  Aston University (2006)
    Honorary Doctorate Music  University of Birmingham (2002)
    Companionship LIPA(2001)
    Honorary Fellow  
    Honorary Fellow Northampton University ( 2003)
    Honorary Fellow John Moores University of Liverpool (2000)
  • MBE

    Member of The British Empire
    Joan Armatrading MBE  - (2001) 

  • Marathon Runner

    Completed New York Marathon
    Received Marathon Completion Medal - (2008) 

  • Key To Sydney

    Key to Sydney Australia Ceremony - (1983) 

  • Music Week Critics' Poll

    Music Week Critics' Poll
    Named the outstanding New Artist in a critics' poll
    in the trade magazine Music Week - (1973)

my albums

  • Into The Blues

    The Billboard number 1 CD entering the charts at number 1 in 2007

  • Joan Armatrading

    The Joan Armatrading CD released in 1976

  • Me Myself I

    Released in 1980 the title song became an instant hit and instantly recognizable Joan Armatrading composition.

  • Steppin Out

    Joan's first live CD recorded in 1979

  • Live At The Royal Albert Hall

    The Royal Albert Hall CD was filmed and reocrded in 2012