Joan Armatrading on why her last world tour is not the end

After 42 years and 20 albums, Joan Armatrading reflects on a pivotal moment in her career and the lasting power of a great song.
Recording artist Joan Armatrading poses for a portrait in New York June 12, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES) - RTR1QQHY (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Joan Armatrading has written some of the most memorable songs of the postwar era, including Me Myself ILove and Affection, and Willow. The prolific, genre-crossing artist is currently on the last major world tour of her 42-year career — but she's not even close to putting away the pen. 

"I'm a songwriter. Why would I retire?" she laughs, "I think I'll be writing songs until the day I die.'"

The Saint Kitts-born, British-based musician joins Shad to reflect on this pivotal point in her career, and why neither shyness nor a deep need for privacy has stopped her from sharing her art.

Joan Armatrading is no where near retired, despite going on her final world tour. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)


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