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Joan Shows Love And Affection For Local Singer-Songwriters

Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading is offering local musicians the opportunity of a life-time to perform as the opening act for her Symphony Hall gig onOctober 26 2012.

Armatrading, who has performed at Symphony Hall on 4 previous occasions, was born in the West Indies and brought up in Birmingham where she experienced her first musical encounter, writing music and lyrics on her mother’s piano.

She went on to receive international acclaim for her unique blend of pop, folk, rock and blues and became the first female UK artist to have debuted at number 1 in the Billboards Blues charts and to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. In 2010 Joan was awarded a Walk of Stars honour from her home city at a concert appearance in Symphony Hall.

In a recent interview with the Birmingham Mail, Joan explained her motivation for inviting local musicians to open for her on stage: “Sometimes, when I am on the Tube, I hear buskers and I think, ‘They’re really good, I wonder if they’re doing gigs’.”
“I thought it would be nice for somebody who has never played in front of a large audience to get the chance.”

To be in with a chance to open for Joan at Symphony Hall or any of the other 51 dates of her tour, record an MP3 file of yourself performing two songs, one original and one cover. They should be attached to an email and sent to the following address: localtalent.ja_2012@yahoo.com. Entries must be received by the deadline of July 21, 2012.