Exclusive stream: Joan Armatrading, “Single Life” from Starlight (2013)

After exploring blues and roots music over her two previous albums, three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading turns her muse toward jazzier themes on the forthcoming Starlight. Here’s an exclusive preview track!

As with those more recent blues-focused projects, Into the Blues and The Charming Life, Armatrading produced, played and arranged everything on Starlight, which is due February 26, 2013 from 429 Records. This is Armatrading’s 20th studio effort, in a career that goes back some four decades.

She had a pair of gold-selling albums in 1976-77 with Joan Armatrading and Show Some Emotion, and then enjoyed a career resurgence in the next decade with a group of three straight gold records beginning with 1980’s Me, Myself and I.

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Armatrading’s all-star 1983 album The Key was co-produced by Steve Lillywhite of U2 fame, and featured Adrian Belew, Mel Collins and Tony Levin from King Crimson, the Police’s Stewart Copeland, Genesis touring band member Daryl Stuermer, and Larry Fast and Jerry Marotta from Peter Gabriel’s band, among others.

More recently, Armatrading earned a Grammy nod in the blues category for 2007’s Into the Blues, which debuted atop the U.S. blues charts — the first time a female UK artist achieved either honor. Starlight is Armatrading’s first studio album since 2010’s This Charming Life. A live souvenir from the resulting tour followed in 2011.

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