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Joan Armatrading

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No More Pain Joan Armatrading 03:34
Love And Affection Joan Armatrading 04:32
Heading Back to New York City Joan Armatrading 04:02
All the Way from America Joan Armatrading 03:10
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Drop The Pilot Joan Armatrading 03:42
Into the Blues Joan Armatrading 04:57
The Weakness In Me Joan Armatrading 03:33
Already There Joan Armatrading 03:46
This Charming Life Joan Armatrading 03:54

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Born December 9, 1950 on Saint Kitts, singer and songwriter Joan
Armatrading was eight when she moved to Birmingham in the UK with her family,
and started writing and singing when she was 14. In the early 1970s she moved
to London to perform in a production of the stage musical Hair and met
lyricist Pam Nestor, who collaborated with her on her debut album, 1972’s Whatever's
For Us
. Armatrading followed it with Back to the Night, but it was
her self-titled third album which turned her into a major star. Flying in the
face of the 1976 punk explosion, she had one of the biggest hits of the year
with the gently sensuous “Love and Affection”. Subsequent albums Show
Some Emotion
and To the Limit further explored her uniquely intimate
jazzy style on the gorgeous hits “Willow”, “Down to Zero”, and “Kissin'
and a Huggin'”
. She developed a harder style in the 1980s with Me Myself
I
and, while she continued to be a popular live performer, the hits dried
up after “Drop the Pilot” in 1983. A Greatest Hits collection returned
Armatrading to the charts in 1991 and she continued to work solidly, playing
all the instruments herself on her 2010 album This Charming Life. In 2018 she
enjoyed a chart resurgence when Not Too Far Away hit number 30, her best
album position in 28 years, and she continued that momentum with 2021’s Consequences,
which got her in the top 10 on the album chart for the first time since 1983.