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Alison Moyet

Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet (/ˈmɒjeɪ/; born 18 June 1961, Billericay, Essex) is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her bluesy contralto voice. She came to prominence as half of the duo Yazoo and since has mainly worked as a solo artist.

Her UK album sales have reached a certified 2.3 million, with over a million singles sold. All seven of her studio albums and three compilation albums have charted in the Top 30 UK Album Chart, with two of the albums reaching number one. She has also achieved nine Top 30 singles and five Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart. Her most recent album The Minutes was released in the UK on 6 May 2013.

Moyet was born in the small Essex town of Billericay to a French father and English mother. She grew up in the nearby town of Basildon, where she attended Markhams Chase Junior School and then Nicholas Comprehensive at secondary level. Upon leaving school at 16, she worked as a shop assistant and trained as a piano tuner. She also worked in the cosmetic company Yardley. She was involved in a number of punk rock, pub rock and blues bands in the South East Essex area during the late 1970s and early 1980s, including the Vandals, the Screamin' Ab Dabs, the Vicars and the Little Roosters (the latter featuring Garrie Lammin, formerly of Cock Sparrer).

In 1981, Alison formed the electropop duo Yazoo.
Alison has previously worked as a shop worker and a piano tuner.
Alison left school when she was 16.

 

 

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