Joan Armatrading Admits Her Biggest Achievement Isn’t Music E! News UK
Joan Armatrading is more proud of her history degree than her music.
The ‘Love and Affection’ singer loves songwriting and will continue to write new tunes until the day she dies, but she insists the biggest achievement of her life is getting a BA with distinction, which she studied for five years at the Open University and graduated in 2001.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper, she said, “I love writing songs.?.?.? and I won’t stop until I’m dead!”
“It must be when I got my honors degree in history.”
When asked what she was most proud of, she replied, “I really had to work for it. When I make up songs?.?.?.? no problems, no angst.
“I can write for five minutes or two days and stop whenever I want. I feel very lucky to have received this gift.
“But when I graduated, I had to learn how to formulate responses and figure out the right words to use.”
She also holds six honorary degrees, doctorates or scholarships from various universities.
Joan’s 50-year musical career was marked by the release of a new live album today (18.11.22).
The 71-year-old music legend’s ‘Live at Asylum Chapel’ album is out now.
It comes after the BBC recently honored the singer with a screening of the show, which aired globally during lockdown last year for one night, and was followed by the documentary about her life and music , “Me Myself I”.
Joan said: “Fifty years is a long time, but for me it’s gone and I still get the same thrill of writing songs as when I started.
“This live album is a great way to look back and update my story by including songs from the last album. I’m really happy that so many people still want to listen to them and sing along.
Joan’s concert from South London’s Asylum Chapel featured some of her most famous songs, including ‘Drop the Pilot’, ‘The Weakness in Me’, ‘Me Myself I’ and ‘Willow’.
Songs from his latest Top 10 studio album “Consequences” also made their live debut, such as “Natural Rhythm”, “Consequences”, “Already There”, “Better Life”, “Glorious Madness” and “To Everyone Who Will Listen”. .
The album features Joan’s live band – Jennifer Maidman on bass, Paul Stewart (drums), Alex Lee Richards (keyboards) and Jamie Anderson (saxophone).
Arriving alone to join her parents in Birmingham from St. Kitts at the age of seven, Joan taught herself to play the piano and guitar before becoming the first British singer-songwriter to know an international success.
She has produced and played all the instruments on her records since 2003.
Her admirers range from Bob Dylan to Arlo Parks and she is the first British female artist to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues charts and the first British artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the Blues category.
She received an Ivor Novello Academy Fellowship Award, Lifetime Achievement from the Radio 2 Folk Awards and an MPG Outstanding Contribution Award to UK Music.
Awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2001, she received the CBE in 2020.