Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet is a Basildon girlborn to a French father and English mother. Having left school at 16, she beganher musical journey in punk bands and on the Canvey Island pub rock scene. Her piano tuning studies came to an abrupt halt when'Only You’ became a worldwide hit for her and Vince Clarke, the duo otherwise known as Yazoo. Completely byaccident, she found herself thrust into the spotlight of the mainstream popworld.

 

Yazoo went on to reinvent Britishdance music, merging cool synthesised soundscapes with soul.  Two albumsand a Brit Award for Best New Band later, aged just 23 she signed a solo dealwith Columbia and recorded the multi-million selling debut 'Alf’. Released in1984 the album spawned three UK Top 10 hits and won her a Brit for Best FemaleArtist.  

 

In 1985 Moyet performed at thelegendary first Live Aid concert and her next album, 1987’s 'Raindancing’ gainedher a third Brit. From Wembley Arena a world tour followed.

 

In 1991 Alison released thehighly acclaimed album 'Hoodoo’, a complex collection of raw rock roots anddeep soul music that garnered her a Grammy nomination.

 

1994 saw the release of 'Essex’which contained the gorgeous acoustic version of Moyet’s cover of Jules Shears’'Whispering Your Name.’

 

In 1995 'Singles’ entered the UKalbum chart at No.1, and clearly demonstrated just why Alison Moyet is one ofBritain’s finest recording artists.  Following another sold out tour ofthe UK (including three nights at the Royal Albert Hall), the 'Singles’album was repackaged with a bonus live CD ('No Overdubs’) and re-entered theTop 20.

 

Towards the end of 2001 Alisonmade her stage debut in the West End hit musical 'Chicago’ playing therole of Matron 'Mama’ Morton to critical acclaim. Signing to Sanctuaryin 2002 'Hometime’, her first studio album in eight years was released to loudcritical acclaim and quickly topped 100,000 sales, catapulting Alison into theTop 5 Best Selling Female UK Artists and gaining her a nomination for Best FemaleVocal at the 2003 BRIT Awards.   

 

Her Top 10 album 'Voice’ wasreleased to great acclaim in September 2004 and quickly earned gold status inthe UK selling over a quarter of a million copies.

 

In 2005 Alison embarked on a soldout UK tour entitled 'One Blue Voice’, performing with an eight-pieceband including a string quartet.  That year she also filmed a specialversion of the 'One Blue Voice’ concert at The Hospital in Covent Garden whichwas released on DVD.

 

The following year, Alisonreturned to London’s West End in 'Smaller’ in which she co-starred withlong time friend Dawn French.  The play was directed by Kathy Burke andopened in London that April after a national tour.

 

2007 saw the release of her seventhstudio album 'The Turn’, her first record for John Williams’ W14label. Written with long term collaborator and producer, Pete Glenister, itincluded three of the songs they wrote for the play 'Smaller.’

 

Alison reformed Yazoo brieflywith Vince Clarke in 2008 in order to play live the material they had neverpreviously performed (they split up before their second album was released).They toured 'Reconnected’ for 13 weeks throughout Europe and America thefollowing summer - their first shows together in 25 years. Mute went on torelease a live album from the tour in 2010 entitled Reconnected Live.