British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading will enter into a civil partnership with her partner, artist Maggie Butler, next month.

The ceremony for the three-time Grammy nominee, best known for the hits Drop The Pilot and Love and Affection, will take place on May 2.

Known as a true craftsman, her distinctive vocals and consummate musicianship – she has arranged as well as played every instrument, with the exception of drums on her forthcoming album – have led to unanimous, widespread and consistent critical acclaim. Effortlessly eclectic, her sound has ranged from true soul to sophisticated pop driven by her passionate guitar.

In musical terms Joan Armatrading has achieved far more than most performers even dream of – with countless gold, platinum and silver discs. As well as the three Grammy nominations, she has been nominated for the Brit Award she has been the recipient of a highly coveted Ivor Novello Award, and figured large in VH1’s Top 100 voted poll The Most Influential Woman In Rock.

In addition, she is one of the few female artists to receive an MBE.

Armatrading began her music career in the 1970s and quickly gained a strong lesbian following with singles Drop the Pilot, Love and Affection and Me Myself I.

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