We couldn’t be more excited to have Joan Armatrading as part of the Hesso Media family and to be working on her upcoming album ‘Not Too Far Away’, due to be released on BMG Records on the 18th May.
‘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.
Since her 1973 Outstanding New Artist award from Music Week, Joan has been making superlative music for over four decades. Three times Grammy nominated, two times Brit nominated, 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.