Alison Moyet









Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet

was born as Genevieve Alison Moyet on June 18, 1961 in Billericay, Essex, England. She has a French father and an English mother. Alison is an English pop singer and songwriter and is well known for her voice. She grew up in Basildon. She left school at the age of 16 and worked as a shop worker and trained to be a piano tuner. During the late 1970's and 1980's she was involved with many punk rock, pub rock, and blues bands in the Southeast Essex area. Some of them were the Screaminí Ab Dabs, The vandals, The Vicars, and The Little Roosters. Alison started her pop career in 1981 and she formed the duo Yazoo with Vince Clarke. Vince was a former member of Depeche Mode. They had an electropop style of music. In the United States the group was known as Yaz because there was a recording label by the name of Yazoo records and they used the name Yaz to prevent confusion. The group had several hits and they were, Only You, Donít Go, Situation, and Nobodyís Diary. The combination of Alisonís soulful voice and Vinceís electronic sounds worked well for them and gave them their own notoriety.

In 1983 the two split up and Alison signed on with CBS records and began her solo career. Vince formed another group called Assembly, then later, Erasure. In 1984, Alison released her debut album called, Alf, which was her punk era nickname. The U. K. Team of Swain and Jolley produced the album. The album was co-written by the duo and Alison, except for the one song, Invisible, which was written for Alison by Lamont Dozier, who was a Motown legend. The album had 3 single hits from it. In some parts of Europe, there was a fourth single released from the album. In 1986, Alison had another big hit called, Is This Love?, which was co-written by David Stewart from the Eurythmics. In 1987 she released her next album called, Raindancing. It also had some single hits released from it. She released Hoodoo in 1991. The single from it called, It Wonít be Long, was nominated for a Grammy. Her next album, Essex, was a combination of her earlier material plus some new material. The music video for the single Whispering Your name, featured Dawn French.

After Essex, Alison released a compilation of her greatest hits and she went on tour. Some singles hit the U. K. Charts at number 1. These were re-issued on a double CD and a bonus, live, CD. After that Alisson did not release any new studio albums for over eight years. She did record vocals for others. In 2006, Alison signed a recording contract with W14 Music and began to record again. She has released a total of 10 albums and 25 singles so far and has more due to be released in 2007.