Alison Moyet is a Basildon girl born to a French father and English mother. Having left school at 16, she began her 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 by accident, she found herself thrust into the spotlight of the mainstream pop world.
Yazoo went on to reinvent British dance music, merging cool synthesised soundscapes with soul. Two albums and a Brit Award for Best New Band later, aged just 23 she signed a solo deal with Columbia and recorded the multi-million selling debut ‘Alf’. Released in 1984 the album spawned three UK Top 10 hits and won her a Brit for Best Female Artist.
In 1985 Moyet performed at the legendary first Live Aid concert and her next album, 1987’s Raindancing gained her a third Brit. From Wembley Arena a world tour followed.
In 1991 Alison released the highly acclaimed album Hoodoo, a complex collection of raw rock roots and deep 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 UK album chart at No.1, and clearly demonstrated just why Alison Moyet is one of Britain’s finest recording artists. Following another sold out tour of the UK (including three nights at the Royal Albert Hall), the Singles album was repackaged with a bonus live CD (‘No Overdubs’) and re-entered the Top 20.
Towards the end of 2001 Alison made her stage debut in the West End hit musical ‘Chicago’ playing the role of Matron ‘Mama’ Morton to critical acclaim. Signing to Sanctuary in 2002 ‘Hometime’, her first studio album in eight years was released to loud critical acclaim and quickly topped 100,000 sales, catapulting Alison into the Top 5 Best Selling Female UK Artists and gaining her a nomination for Best Female Vocal at the 2003 BRIT Awards.
Her Top 10 album Voice was released to great acclaim in September 2004 and quickly earned gold status in the UK selling over a quarter of a million copies.
In 2005 Alison embarked on a sold out UK tour entitled ‘One Blue Voice’, performing with an eight-piece band including a string quartet. That year she also filmed a special version of the ‘One Blue Voice’ concert at The Hospital in Covent Garden which was released on DVD.
The following year, Alison returned to London’s West End in ‘Smaller’ in which she co-starred with long time friend Dawn French. The play was directed by Kathy Burke and opened in London that April after a national tour.
2007 saw the release of her seventh studio album The Turn, her first record for John Williams’ W14 label. Written with long term collaborator and producer, Pete Glenister, it included three of the songs they wrote for the play ‘Smaller.’
Alison reformed Yazoo briefly with Vince Clarke in 2008 in order to play live the material they had never previously performed (they split up before their second album was released). They toured ‘Reconnected’ for 13 weeks throughout Europe and America the following summer – their first shows together in 25 years. Mute went on to release a live album from the tour in 2010 entitled Reconnected Live.
Alison completed a tour of the UK and Europe as the special guest of Michel Legrand at the beginning of 2009, when Sony also released a career spanning Best Of album to celebrate Alison’s 25 years as a solo artist. In Feb 2010 Alison performed with Wilko Johnson at Koko in Camden for the launch of Julian Temple’s documentary about Dr Feelgood and Canvey Island. Later that year she completed a series of tour dates as the special guest of Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
Alison is a Prince’s Trust Ambassador and performed twice at their Rock Gala concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 and 2011. During 2011 Alison also received an honorary degree from the University of Essex for Services to British Music.
In 2012 Alison was invited by Nile Rodgers to perform ‘Stop Me’ alongside himself, Johnny Marr and Mark Ronson at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Later in the same year she completed a trio of sold out dates at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s entitled ‘Rare & Obscured’ where she performed a set of songs less visited, focusing on her catalogue from the last decade.
Alison signed to Cooking Vinyl and in May 2013 released her first Top 5 album in 26 years – the minutes. Co-written and produced by Guy Sigsworth, the album saw Alison return to her electronic roots – producing an experimental, captivating and critically-acclaimed album. She toured the minutes throughout the last quarter of 2013 visiting Europe, the USA and South Africa. Another highlight of 2013 was being awarded the Icon Award – at Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards.
2014 saw Alison release a fantastic live album from the minutes tour entitled ‘minutes and seconds – live’. She continued to tour Europe in 2015 and Cooking Vinyl released deluxe editions of three albums from her catalogue – ‘Hometime’, ‘Voice’ and ‘The Turn’. Burberry invited Alison to perform with a 32 piece orchestra (arranged and conducted by Joe Duddell) at their prestigious London Fashion Week womenswear show in Hyde Park.
In 2016 Alison was involved in the RSC’s celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary. She composed and performed a new arrangement of ‘Sigh No More Ladies’ (from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’) for their BBC2 live special. 2016 saw deluxe edition releases of her seminal solo albums Alf, Raindancing, Hoodooo, and Essex, released via BMG. Alison also became a student – studying sculpture whilst writing her new record.
In 2017 Alison returned with her second studio album on Cooking Vinyl, which is also her second collaboration with Guy Sigsworth. Other was released on 16 June 2017, with a world tour that followed in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.