Joan Armatrading

  • Birth Place: Saint Kitts, West Indies
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Began writing songs at the age of 14, after teaching herself to play the guitar.
  • Released her debut album Whatever's For Us in 1972.
  • Was named Outstanding New Artist of the Year in Music Week Magazine in 1973.
  • Was made an honorary fellow of the John Moores University of Liverpool and Northampton University.
  • Won an Ivor Novello Award in 1996 for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection.
  • Named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2001.
  • Was the first female UK artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart in 2007.


  • Maggie Butler — Wife


  • Open University, Milton Keynes, England (BA in History, 2001)

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