‘Loving What You Hate’, the second single taken from Joan Armatrading’s new album ‘Not Too Far Away’, has been added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist. This is the second addition to the BBC Radio 2 playlist in this album campaign so far!
Joan’s list of achievements is extremely impressive. Since her 1973 Outstanding New Artist award from Music Week, Joan has been making superlative music for over four decades. Winner of an Ivor Novello award and a BASCA Gold Badge, Radio 2’s Lifetime Achievement Folk Award and MMF’s Artist’s Artist Award, she has received accolade after accolade. The recipient of an MBE in 2001, she holds six Honorary degrees and her own BA (achieved while on tour) as well as being voted one of VH1’s Most Influential Women In Rock.
‘Not Too Far Away’ is Joan’s 21st album and, once again, she has written, sung, arranged and produced all the tracks as well as playing all the instruments except for drums which she programmed. It comprises the studio follow-up to the genre based trilogy, ‘This Charming Life’, the jazz orientated ‘Starlight’ and the blues based ‘Into The Blues’ which went straight to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart, making Joan the first British female artist ever to do so. The album will be supported by live dates in America in May and a major tour of the UK in September.