Love and Affection’ singer song writer Joan Armatrading has announced details of her upcoming 21st album ‘Not Too Far Away’. Joan Armatrading will release her 21st album ‘Not Too Far Away’ later this year.
The 67-year-old singer song writer has enjoyed a career spanning four decades, and she is set to bring out a new collection of original material.
In a press release confirming the exciting news, the record was described as being able to “take the deeply personal and make it universal”, and as a “love album of intensity”.
The latest album is a jazz album and the third in a trilogy that covers three different genres. “The last three albums are a trilogy of blues, rock and jazz,” she explains. “And each of them just concentrates on a specific genre. I set out to write the trilogy. It’s a very deliberate concept. It was just a challenge to see if it is something I could do. It wasn’t easy.
Even though I’ve written in all those genres on other albums throughout the years, to just stick to one (for an entire album) was a challenge. But I did the blues one and to my surprise, and to my delight I must say, I became the first UK female artist to debut at 1 in the blues charts and it actually got a Grammy as well. That was a big surprise for me. In fact, it didn’t even occur to me that something like that would happen.”
Joan will be performing a mixture of songs on this tour. ‘’Some that people know very well, and songs that they might know but they never hear on the radio and, of course, the new songs as well, so it’s a really good mixture.”
Featuring tracks like the haunting ‘Cover My Eyes’ and anthem ‘Any Place’, the LP boasts the fact that once again Joan wrote, sung, arranged and produced it in its entirety, and played all instruments besides the drums, which she programmed.
To support ‘Not Too Far Away’, Joan will embark on a 31-date UK tour later this year, kicking things off with two nights at the Milton Keynes Stables in September, and finishing the run on October 17 at the St Davids Hall in Cardiff.Full dates and details on the tour – including for her US trip – can be found.
In 2007, Joan made history when her album ‘Into The Blues’ debuted in the top spot of the US Billboard Blues Chart, making her the first UK female artist to earn that achievement.
The influential star – who has been nominated for three Grammys and two Brit awards – has been hailed by fans and critics alike in the past, and in 1996 she was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection.