<p>First garnering attention as the powerhouse vocalist in the influential early 1980s synth-pop duo Yazoo, Alison Moyet became a mainstream pop star in her native England later that decade, sco...
Singer Alison Moyet is adamant her battle with agoraphobia was kickstarted by a disastrous encounter with her hero Elvis Costello. The former Yazoo star has struggled with severe anxiety issues for years, resulting in her spending most of her time hiding from the outside world.
Now she has revealed she felt compelled to cut herself off after making a blunder during a chat with Costello after one of his gigs.
Speaking to Kirsty Young on the U.K.'s BBC Radio 4, she said, "I'd gone to see him (Costello) play in Southend (England) and he'd been brilliant. He'd sung this two-hour set and he was formidable. I absolutely loved it, and there was a party back at (U.K. band) Dr. Feelgood's house that he went to, and I'd been invited too, and there he was and he was lovely.
"He was charming and I wanted to say to him 'you were wonderful' and had all these wonderful descriptions of him. What came out of my mouth was, 'You dragged that out a bit, didn't you?' Once I did that, I just felt, I don't trust myself in polite society."
During the interview, which aired in the U.K. on Sunday (18May14), Moyet also revealed she smashed her gold records with a hammer and asked a shop assistant to delete all her songs from her computer when she took it in for repairs.
She added, "A year ago I took my computer to be mended and just told them to wipe everything without saving anything. That's my whole life - everything, my contacts, everything, my diary, everything gone, my songs, my demos, the lot - because I was really excited about having an empty inbox."
One Direction have triumphed over bands including The Rolling Stones and Coldplay to take a coveted prize at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards. The pop group has been named Best Live Act ahead of the annual prizegiving in London on Friday (28Jun13), seeing off competition from a number of high profile stars to win the public vote.
One Direction are currently on tour in America and unable to pick up the prize in person, but bandmember Harry Styles says of the honour, "Thanks to everyone who voted for us to win the Nordoff Robbins Best Live Act 2013. We are over the moon. Congratulations to Nordoff Robbins on another amazing Silver Clef Awards. What an incredible charity, helping people with music therapy."
Other acts on the 2013 list of honourees include The Kinks rocker Ray Davies, singer Jessie Ware, Coldplay, Barry Gibb, Labrinth and Alison Moyet.
The Clash star Mick Jones and The Kinks rocker Ray Davies have joined the star-studded list of honourees at Britain's upcoming Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards. The two musicians will both be given prizes in honour of their career achievements at the upcoming ceremony in London, with Jones taking the coveted O2 Silver Clef Award and Davies landing the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassadors of Rock Award.
The Kinks star says of the honour, "Thank you Nordoff Robbins. To be named your Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock is fantastic."
Singer Jessie Ware has also been included on the list of honourees with the Best Newcomer prize, joining previously announced winners including Coldplay, Barry Gibb, Labrinth and Alison Moyet.
The Silver Clef Awards will take place at the London Hilton hotel on 28 June (13).
British singer Alison Moyet performed at funnywoman Dawn French's wedding in April (13). The Harry Potter star, who split from first husband Lenny Henry in 2009, married Mark Bignell in St. Austell, England.
British singer Alison Moyet is doing all she can to pile on the pounds because she is convinced she became too thin after dieting. The former Yazoo star was once a U.K. dress size 22, but she decided to slim down in 2009 to improve her health.
Moyet is now a U.K. 10, but she wants to gain weight to improve her appearance.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "Personally I think women look better with a bit of chub (fat) on them. I've lost too much weight and I'm currently working very hard on getting fatter again."
British funnywoman Dawn French is married again after reportedly exchanging vows with her partner Mark Bignell. The Harry Potter star recently wed her charity boss boyfriend in a secret ceremony held at her home in St. Austell, England.
Bosses at The Garden Gate Flower company, which claims to have provided the flowers for the big day, broke the news on their Facebook.com page, writing, "The news is out... our secret wedding at the weekend was for the marvellous Dawn French and Mark Bignell! We provided 50 jam jar arrangements for each of the bedrooms. How amazing. Congratulations Dawn and Mark."
French's comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, director Richard Curtis and singer Alison Moyet were believed to be among the guests.
French has been dating Bignell since 2011 following her split from first husband Lenny Henry in 2009.
"When you watch X Factor you can bet your bottom dollar, every single fat singer sounds like me as far as the judges are concerned. Can you imagine if they did that with every black artist?" Former Yazoo star Alison Moyet is disgusted by the frequent references to her size whenever an overweight singer auditions for a TV talent show.
British singer Alison Moyet has smashed up her gold discs and dumped her old stage costumes in a bid to purge her past. The former Yazoo star recently moved from her longtime home just north of London to a property in the English south coast resort of Brighton.
She was determined to leave her past behind for good, so she wrecked hundreds of awards handed to her throughout her singing career, threw out her closet full of stage outfits, and burned her old diaries.
The Only You hitmaker is adamant her dramatic clearout was to spare her son and two daughters from having to hoard boxes of her belongings when she dies.
Moyet tells British newspaper The Guardian, "I dumped everything. Even my gold discs. I smashed the lot. I took a hammer to them. And I'm not being lairy (boastful), but there were hundreds. It was f**king brilliant. All my stage clothes - gone. I love it. And I burned all my diaries.
"I really don't want to own things. It just drags you down... I don't care. What is the point (of keeping possessions)? I've done (my children) a real service. You die and they're left with boxes and boxes of s**t that they are then forced to chuck away."
<p>First garnering attention as the powerhouse vocalist in the influential early 1980s synth-pop duo Yazoo, Alison Moyet became a mainstream pop star in her native England later that decade, scoring hits like "Love Resurrection" and "All Cried Out. " Following a difficult period marked by ongoing litigation with her record label, Moyet matured into an eclectic artist who made her creative decisions without attempting to fit into commercial trends. </p><p>Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet, the daughter of a French father and English mother, was born and raised in Essex, northwest of London. Her hometown of Basildon was primarily a sleepy commuter suburb for people who worked in London; therefore, when punk hit the UK in 1976, bored Basildon teenagers like 15-year-old Alison Moyet were ready for the excitement. After leaving school at 16, Moyet delved into Basildon's post-punk music scene, fronting a number of short-lived local bands and developing a commanding, R&B-driven vocal style. During this period, the biggest band to come out of Basildon was a group of teenagers bearing synthesizers called Depeche Mode, whose debut album <i>Speak and Spell</i> (1981) spawned a number of chart hits. But the band's primary songwriter, Vince Clarke, was unhappy with their creative direction and left shortly after that album was released. </p><p>Clarke and Moyet quickly joined forces to form the duo Yazoo, named for the American blues reissue label whose records Moyet collected. (Due to that trademark infringement, the duo were known as Yaz in the United States.) Yazoo were a striking departure from most of their synth-pop peers, due in large part to Moyet's powerfully soulful voice, as heard on hit singles like tender ballad "Only You" and dance club favorite "Situation." Their debut <i>Upstairs At Eric's</i> (1982) reached #2 in the British album charts and was a word of mouth hit in the United States, but the personal relationship between Moyet and Clarke was always strained, and prior to the release of the follow-up <i>You and Me Both</i> (1983), Yazoo announced their split. (Clarke went on to form a short-lived duo, The Assembly, with Yazoo producer E.C. Radcliffe, for whom <i>Upstairs At Eric's</i> had been named, then teamed with singer Andy Bell in the chart-topping Erasure.) </p><p>Signing to CBS Records, Moyet left post-punk and synth-pop behind and became a mainstream pop star. Her debut solo album <i>Alf</i> (1984) was titled with her punk-era nickname, but it was a slickly-produced pop-soul record featuring a hit single, "Invisible," written by former Motown hitmaker Lamont Dozier, that reached the <i>Billboard</i> Top 40. The album spawned two other charting singles in Moyet's homeland, "Love Resurrection" and "All Cried Out." Her follow-up, <i>Raindancing</i> (1987), was equally successful in Britain but was less so in the United States, where Moyet became more of a cult favorite. Growing increasingly resistant to label demands that she work with big-name songwriters and producers to create hit records, Moyet's next release was <i>Hoodoo</i> (1991), a more stripped-down album influenced by the records of Kirsty MacColl, whose musical partner Pete Glenister produced the album and co-wrote most of the songs with Moyet. Though the album was well-reviewed, it didn't fare as well commercially as her earlier solo efforts. </p><p>Glenister returned for the follow-up album <i>Essex</i> (1994), although the label insisted that several tracks be re-recorded by Ian Broudie, who had recently scored several hit singles with his band The Lightning Seeds. When the album failed to perform commercially despite the interference, Moyet became entangled in an eight-year court battle with Sony Music to extricate herself from her contract. During this period, she released no new material of her own, but occasionally recorded and performed live with other artists. In 2001, she made her West End debut in a revival of the musical "Chicago," playing prison matron "Mama" Morton for a six-month stint. </p><p>Freed from her Sony contract at last, Moyet returned to the studio for <i>Hometime</i> (2002), a trip-hop influenced album that became one of the year's best-selling releases by a British artist and was nominated for both a BRIT Award and a Mercury Music Prize. Moyet followed this success with <i>Voice</i> (2004), an orchestral collection of covers arranged and produced by Moyet's friend and neighbor, Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley, that featured songs by composers ranging from Bizet to Elvis Costello. In 2006, Moyet returned to the stage to co-star with longtime friend Dawn French in a play called "Smaller." Three songs from that play appeared on <i>The Turn</i> (2007), a reunion with Glenister, who co-produced and co-wrote the entire album. Moyet briefly reunited with Vince Clarke for a series of live dates as Yazoo to celebrate the release of the retrospective box set <i>In Your Room</i> (2008). In 2013, Moyet returned from another extended layoff with <i>The Minutes</i>, a dark, moody collaboration with electronic producer Guy Sigsworth that received both the highest sales and best reviews she had received since the mid-1980s. </p>
Grew up in a bilingual home and speaks fluent French.
Because she affected a partially-shaved head, androgynous clothes and the traditionally masculine nickname "Alf" during her time in Yazoo, many fans mistakenly assumed she was a lesbian.
"To be honest I would much rather have an audience of 5 or maybe 10 percent of what I used to have, but people who understood what I was and where I could just be myself." -- Chicago Tribune, 1992