Alison Moyet´s trademark was and is her characteristic, captivating soul voice, remarkably the broad musical spectrum she covers with her work. It ranges from punk rock and pop to chanson, blues and ballad. If you want to talk about the stars of the 80s, you can’t get past her.
Stars of the 80s – Alison Moyet – booking and artist information
In the 80s many stars shone in the show sky. The music industry was characterized by a love of experimentation, fresh and exuberant creativity. A number of stars, who rose comet-like at that time and shone for a short time, are now forgotten or only listed in the annals of music history.
But this is by no means the case with Alison Moyet, one of the formative stars of the 80s. Her fame has not faded – also because he is constantly receiving new food. She belongs to the artistic personalities whose creativity never seems to dry up and whose ability to change always brings to light new facets of her extraordinary talent.
Her trademark was and is her characteristic, captivating soul voice, remarkably the broad musical spectrum she covers with her work. It ranges from punk rock and pop to chanson, blues and ballad. If you want to talk about the stars of the 80s, you can’t get past her.
Up the career ladder
Alison Moyet, born on 18 June 1961 in the small town of Billericay in the southwest of England, grew up with her older siblings Clifford and Jeanne in Basildon, a London satellite town. She was not particularly enthusiastic about the lessons she took at the Markhams Chase Junior School.
When she was 16, she turned her back on her. She had her own plans, where a good school education would help her little or not at all. The music business with its special conditions, temptations and charms was waiting for her: she wanted to open the door. After gaining her first stage experience in several punk bands and her own projects in punk and blues, the time was ripe for a collaboration with Vince Clark, who had quit “Depeche Mode“: He is also one of the outstanding stars of the 80s.
The two musical talents brought the synthpop duo “Yazoo” into being, whereby they did not have to dice about the role distribution: Clark sat down to the keyboard, Alison Moyet threw her voice on and let the synthesizer sound. “Yazoo” didn’t have to wait long for success: He came in with 2 albums snowed in. With the releases “Only You” (1982), “Don´t Go” (1982), “The Other Side of Love” (1982) and “Nobody´s Diary” (1983) they made the leap to the absolute top of the world.
Successful solo career
After a good year, however, it was over again with “Yazoo”: the two different musical personalities parted ways to go their own artistic ways again from now on. The influence of “Yazoo” on the music scene of the 80s, especially on the “Neue Deutsche Welle“, which they gave numerous new impulses and enriched, should not be underestimated.
The solo career Alison Moyet started after “Yazoo” began promisingly. Her first album “Alf”, which she released in 1984, proved to be a big hit in the British charts and took the top position there for a year. And the first 3 decoupled singles were all in the UK top 10 hits. Their fourth single took seventh place in Germany. With the Billie Holiday classic “That Ole’ Devil Called Love” Moyet achieved another top ten hit.
A tour of Great Britain with the jazz formation John Altman and a duet with Paul Young at the legendary Live Aid Festival in London’s Wembley Stadium marked the temporary end of her career. She stepped out of the limelight and withdrew into private life. Behind her lay her divorce from her husband and the birth of her daughter.
She was back in 1986. She gave her first sign of life as an artist on the album “Gravity” by soul old master James Brown: She sang a duet with him. Twelve months later her second, soulful album “Raindancing” was released, which earned her the third “Brit Award“.
For the first time she dared to jump across the pond and went on tour over there as a solo performer. Her single “All cried out” caused a remarkable echo in her home country. She landed at number 8 in the single charts.
On new paths
In the 1990s, Alison Moyet constantly raised the standards she set herself as an artist – and she changed. Her ballad album “Voice” bears testimony to this. The album “Other”, released four years later, which climbed to number 5 in the British charts, is an expression of her love of experimenting in the field of electro-pop sound.
Many legends entwine themselves around the stars of the 80s. Alison Moyet is a living legend and at the same time a living artist personality steeped in her mission. One will see or hear what surprises she still has in store for us …
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