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Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet was born in Billericay, Essex and brought up in Basildon, Essex. She was involved with various punk, rock and blues bands in the South East Essex area during the 1970’s/1980’s, including ‘The Vandals’ and ‘The Vicars’. She came to fame as half of the electro pop duo ‘Yazoo’ (with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke) in the early ’80s and is noted for her bluesy voice. Yazoo was known in the US as ‘Yaz’ and had excellent hits such as ‘Only You’ and ‘Don’t Go’. In 1983, she started her solo career, releasing her debut album, ‘Alf’ in 1984, which was a huge success in Britain. It went to number one on the charts and launching the hit singles “Invisible,” “All Cried Out,” and “Love Resurrection”; it was a minor hit in the U.S., with “Invisible” getting into the Top 40. Alison toured with a jazz band in 1985,which was led by John Altman They released a version of Billie Holiday’s “That Ole Devil Called Love” The group received poor reviews, but the song became her biggest hit in Britain landing a place at number 2 in the UK singles chart. Also in 1985, Moyet perfomed at the ‘LiveAid’ concert, alongside Paul Young.

In 1986, Alison released “Is This Love?,” which became another massive UK hit. “Love Letters” and “Weak in the Presence of Beauty from her second album ‘Raindancing’ in 1997, were also hit singles, with the latter peaking at number 4..

After a period of career and personal evaluation, in 1991, her third album, ‘Hoodoo’, was released, which was very different collection to her earlier ‘pop’ music. She was reluctant to record pop songs just to get in the charts, so made this album a much more ‘personal’ style. However, it also did not have the success of her previous albums – it did not chart in the US. Her fourth album, ‘Essex’ came out in 1994 and then her ‘Greatest Hits’ album was released the year after.

Moyet recorded vocals for Tricky, Sylk-130, Ocean Colour Scene, The Lightning Seeds and King Britt, and was featured on the British leg of the Lilith Fair tour. 2001 saw the release of The Essential Alison Moyet CD, and in 2002 The Essential Alison Moyet DVD.

Nine years later, in 2002, Alison came back with ‘Hometime’ (produced by the Insects), which followed the long awaited final release from her Sony contract, followed two years later with ‘Voice’, an eclectic collection of covers. Her new studio album is pencilled in for release in the summer of 2007

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Moyet appeared in the West End production of the musical ‘Chicago’ in 2001. She played the part of Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, and the run was extended to six months, as she enjoyed it so much!

Moyet has 3 children with her second husband, David, who is a social worker. They are aged 21, 18 and 10 (as at 2006).

Alison supports Southend United Football Club and sometimes visits the West Stand at Roots Hall. Interestingly, she used the ground for filming part of her video for “Is This Love?”

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