Joan Armatrading

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Joan Armatrading in 2007
Joan Armatrading (Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading, born 1950) is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist.

She was born in Basseterre on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts, but has lived in the UK since the age of seven.

She was the first female UK artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboards Blues charts, and the first female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. Her songs include Love And Affection, Willow, Drop The Pilot and Lovers Speak.[1]

In April 2011, it was reported that Armatrading and her girlfriend Maggie Butler were to enter a civil partnership on 2 May 2011, in the Shetland Isles.[2][3]

She was awarded an MBE in 2001 and a CBE in 2020.


  2. "Joan Armatrading to marry girlfriend" Lesbilicious25 April 2011
  3. Hans Marter, "Joan Armatrading to 'tie the knot' in Shetland" The Shetland News 21 April 2011