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Alison Moyet (born June 18, 1961) is British new wave and synth-pop inflected singer-songwriter and musician hailing from Billericay, Essex, England.
Having trained to be a piano tuner after leaving school age 16, Moyet played in a number of punk, rock and blues bands across Essex including the Vandals, the Screamin’ Ab Dabs, and the Little Roosters. It wasn’t however until the singer turned 21 that she earned her mainstream breakthrough as a part of the synthpop duo Yazoo. Formed alongside former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke in 1982, Yazoo released the albums “Upstairs at Eric’s” and “You and Me Both”, which spawned the hit singles “Only You”, “Do’t Go”, and “Situation”. After Yazoo disbanded, Moyet signed with CBS in 1983, marking the start of the singer-songwriter’s solo career.
Released in 1984, Moyet’s debut album “Alf”, was produced by the respected producing and songwriting duo Jolley & Swain. The album became a major hit in Britain, topping the UK Albums Chart and spawning the hit singles “Invisible”, “All Cried Out”, and “Love Resurrection”. Propelling Moyet to British stardom, the singer subsequently performed at Live Aid in 1985, toured alongside John Altman’s jazz band, and released the hit single “Is This Love?” in 1986.
Moyet’s second album “Raindancing” arrived in 1987, peaking at No. Two on the UK Albums Chart and No. 94 in the U.S. Featuring the singles “Weak in the Presence of Beauty”, “Ordinary Girl”, and “Sleep Like Breathing”, “Raindancing” was succeeded by “Hoodoo” in 1991. Reluctant to submit to overly pop sensibilities, despite the potential commercial success of doing so, “Hoodoo” represented Moyet's fight for artistic control. With contributions from Kirsty MacColl, Steve Lillywhite and Marius De Vries, the album’s lead single “It Won’t Be Long” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song.
After the release of her subsequent album “Essex” in 1994, and the greatest hits compilation “Singles” in 1995, Moyet, due to contractual disagreements with Sony, didn’t release any new material for eight years. During this time Moyet collaborated with the likes of Tricky, Ocean Colour Scene and The Lightning Seeds, and released a pair of compilation albums in 2001 and 2002. Following her Sony contract release in August 2002, Moyet signed with Sanctuary Records and released her fifth studio album “Hometime”. Produced by The Insects, the album drew Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominations, and peaked at No. 18 on the UK Album Chart.
The cover album “Voices” followed in 2004, and, led by the single “One More Time”, the album “The Turn” was released in October 2007. After a move to the label Cooking Vinyl in 2013, Moyet released her eighth studio album “The Minutes”, accompanied by the singles “When I Was Your Girl” and “Love Reigns Supreme”.