Alison Moyet (born Genevieve Alison Jane Moyet, 18.06.1961)
Alison Moyet is an English singer.
Childhood: Alison Moyet was born in Billericay, Essex but grew up in Basildon. She attended Markhams Chase Junior School and the Nicholas School. She left school at 16 and had jobs as a shop assistant, a piano tuner and with Yardley cosmetics. The bands that she was in when she was younger included the Vandals, the Screamin' Ab Dabs, the Vicars and the Little Roosters.
Musical career: Alison Moyet started out her career in the band Yazoo alongside Vince Clarke in 1982. They soon became known as Yaz, however, due to copyright issues. Their hits included 'Only You', 'Don't Go', 'Situation' and 'Nobody's Diary' and they released two albums before splitting in 1983 when Alison embarked on a solo career. In 1984, she released her debut solo album 'Alf' which reached number 1 in the UK album chart. With it, she had three hit singles, 'Love Resurrection', 'Invisible' and 'All Cried Out'. The following year, she performed at Live Aid with Paul Young and released a cover single of 'That Ole Devil Called Love' which reached number 2 in the UK charts. In 1987, she released her second album 'Raindancing' which included the hits 'Weak in the Presence of Beauty' and 'Ordinary Girl'. A video of one hit, 'Love Letters', featured comedians French & Saunders. In 1991, she released third album 'Hoodoo' which, although failed to sell as well as he previous records, included the single 'It Won't Be Long' which earned her a Grammy nomination. In 1994, she released 'Essex'. Her Sony label re-recorded and re-produced some of the tracks to make it more chart-friendly while she struggled to gain artistic control. Dawn French features in the video for one single, 'Whispering Your Name'. Although she took a long break from recording album material due to her disagreements with her label, she did lend her voice to songs for Tricky, Sylk-130, Ocean Colour Scene, The Lightning Seeds and King Britt. In 2002, she signed to Sanctuary Records and released the album 'Hometime' becoming one of the top five best-selling female UK artists of the year and earning a BRIT Award nomination. She released a covers album called 'Voice' in 2004 which was certified Gold within a month of release. Her album 'The Turn' was released in 2007 and included several self-written songs. She appeared alongside Jools Holland on his 2013 UK tour and featured on his song 'The Man That Got Away'. In 2013, she signed with record label Cooking Vinyl and released 'The Minutes' which debuted at number 5 in the UK.
Personal life: Alison Moyet was previously married to Malcolm Lee and they had a son named Joe. She briefly dated her tour manager Kim McCarthy and had a daughter named Alex. She then married David Ballard with whom she has one daughter named Caitlin. She suffers from bipolar disorder and agoraphobia.
Before there was Alf, The Assembly or Erasure there was the synth-pop duo Yazoo and their defining debut album, 'Upstairs At Eric's'
The inspired partnership of soul singer Alison Moyet with the developing electronic talents of Vince Clarke proved to be a huge and swift success on Yazoo's debut album Upstairs At Eric's. Quite quickly after the departure of Vince Clarke from his former band Depeche Mode, the founding member started to record songs with Moyet. Upstairs At Eric's was released, via Mute records, less than a year after Depeche Mode released their debut album, and the only album to feature Vince Clarke, Speak And Spell. Whilst that album had been a relative success Clarke had become frustrated with the band's direction and chose to leave to form Yazoo. His choice, whilst not wholly appreciated by DM at the time, was to prove very fruitful as Yazoo quickly eclipsed the successes that Depeche Mode had experienced up until that point.
The unlikely pairing of the The Screamin' Ab Dabs singer Alison Moyet with "pretty boy" pop pioneer Vince Clarke may have been something of an "arranged marriage" at the time but it was one that fused the undoubted strengths of both artists to produce some spectacular results. Yazoo's first single, Only You, had already been penned by Clarke by the time that both he and Moyet joined forces whilst the soundtrack for the emotive ballad had also been laid down by VC in advance of them meeting. The song was recorded only three months after Clarke had left DM in the same studios that would come to reference the album's title. It was released on 15th March 1982 as the band's debut single and peaked at number two on the UK charts a month later. (An a cappella version of this song, by the Flying Pickets, went on to reach number one in Christmas 1983).
Continue reading: Album Of The Week: The 39th Anniversary Of 'Upstairs At Eric's' By Yazoo
As the feature film Wonder Woman 1984 has just been released we take a look back at the wonder women of music from 1984.
As Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman 1984 seems to be everywhere at the moment we thought we'd take a look back at the wonder women of music back in 1984. DC Comics inspirational character is strong, independent and driven, a quality possessed by our top ten female artists from 1984. Back then the UK had a woman PM (Let's not get into whether she was ever wonderful), the women of Tenko were still plotting their escape, Juliet Bravo was keeping the streets of Hartley safe and Miss Ellie, Sue Ellen and Pam were still keeping the men folk of Dallas in check. 1984 was also the year of Band Aid, Footloose, Ghostbusters and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. All girl groups were more popular than ever with Sister Sledge, The Pointer Sisters, The Weather Girls and Bananarama all making a significant contribution to the music of 1984. Other acts to feature a female lead also made their mark; Annie Lennox as part of Eurythmics, Alannah Currie as part of The Thompson Twins and Elizabeth Fraser (arguably the voice of a generation) with The Cocteau Twins. Today though we are focusing on the individual and wow what an incredible cast we've assembled.
Madonna in 1984. Picture by James Colburn.
Continue reading: Wonder Women 1984: Musical Icons Of Their Age.
Alison Moyet - Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, Ivor Novello Awards, Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th May 2016
Alison Moyet - Brighton and Hove Pride 2013 - Performances - Brighton, United Kingdom - Saturday 3rd August 2013
Eco-hotel plays host to celebrity wedding in Cornwall for Dawn French and Mark Bignell
Dawn French has married her partner Mark Bignell at a lavish eco-hotel, with Alison Moyet providing entertainment for the guests. The comedienne has been dating Bignell for just over a year, following the break-up of her marriage to fellow comedian Lenny Henry three years ago. The ceremony took place at hotel on the Cornish coast, The Daily Mail reports and guests included the screenwriter Richard Curtis, as well as Jennifer Saunders, Sue Perkins and Kathy Burke.
Scarlet Hotel, near Newquay, played host to the happy couple and their guests and the 37 bedrooms were reportedly decorated with custom-made floral jam jar arrangements of Lily of the valley and peonies. After the ceremony, the guests attended a firework display on the beach in the evening. A source told the newspaper “The wedding was up in the lounge with the white leather seats, looking out over the water. At about 9.30pm everyone went outside and watched fireworks from the hotel. They were on the beach below, big shells that went up to 400ft high in all different colours. Inside in the hotel garden there was a red heart, five foot wide and high, with the letters M and D in white in the heart. They all let off lanterns later. It was quite small – probably about 100 people there – but it was a proper celebrity wedding.”
French and Bignell began dating just over a year ago and the comedienne has claimed previously that he did not know who she was when they met. “I'm not boasting, but you'd actually have to have not watched television for the past 20 years to have avoided me, and he'd managed to do just that,” she joked.
Continue reading: Dawn French Marries New Beau Mark Bignell
Date of birth
18th June, 1961