The singer/songwriter/instrumentalist is in the midst of what she says will be her last major tour. And quite a tour it is: She is on the road for about a year-and-a-half. The list of concerts is so long that it’s almost funny. And she won’t be able to coast through any part of it: She’s performing solo.
The Guardian’s Paul Sexton wrote a very nice article about Armatrading in 2010. It profiled somebody who is open, honest and confident. Here is a taste of what he wrote:
Her career has been characterised by achievement, against the odds, and grit. There has certainly always been plenty of the latter in her songs, along with a spellbinding musical imagination and an undercurrent of vulnerability.
One reason that there perhaps isn’t more to say about Armatrading is that she is very protective of her private life. She expresses herself through her music but, apparently, doesn’t share too many real world details. We do know that Armatrading has an MBE, which is the Order of the British Empire. She earned a degree in history from The Open University, a distance learning school in England. She now is a trustee. Armatrading and her girlfriend entered a civil partnership in the Shetland Islands in 2011.