It's rather difficult to pigeon-hole Alison as an artist. Equally as comfortable standing in front of an orchestra as she is working as a background vocalist in the studio, there are few airs and graces about Ali. Her bubbly Australian outlook on life is present in any work she undertakes.
Alison trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia. She would always attend musicianship classes but quite often chose to skip Opera Workshops in favour of “jamming” with the jazz ensemble. Alison is more than just a singer. She’s a musician who prefers to embrace as many genres of music as possible.
Alison left Australia in 1987, and moved to England as a member of the Australian girl group The Fabulous Singlettes (video on right). The group enjoyed three West End seasons in their show Stop in The Name of Love and enjoyed great success in the UK before disbanding in the early nineties. By this time, Alison had officially made England her home. She now resides in Hertfordshire with her husband and two children.
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Whilst enjoying the challenge of a theatrical role, Alison thrives on having a one on one relationship with an audience and is most definitely more at home simply standing on stage performing as herself.
From embracing the music of Ella Fitzgerald & Peggy Lee to playing Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Alison is a much sought after concert artist, embracing a wide variety of vocal styles. In 2009 & 2010, Ali took the O2 Arena audiences by storm with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, filling the stadium with high kicks and Christmas cheer. Alison made her solo debut at The Royal Albert Hall in December 2011 appearing in 5 Christmas Singalong concerts with Jonathan Cohen.
She has worked as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & The BBC Concert Orchestra. Alison works regularly as a soloist for UK producer Raymond Gubbay.
She presented her one woman show at The Silhouette Theatre on board Celebrity Silhouette Atlantis Cruise August 2011. Video footage of this show can be seen on the video page.
Alison has appeared in Waking the Dead for the BBC, as Nurse Sims in "Psycho Ward Eleven" for The All New Alexie Sayle Show and herself in the pilot sitcom The Fabulous Singlettes, (directed by Geoff Pozner), for the BBC.
Alison played the role of pole-dancing Shawntel in the controversial broadcast of Jerry Springer The Opera on the BBC.
As a vocalist, Alison's credits include Strictly Come Dancing, Songs of Praise, The Fabulous Singlettes Live (Channel 4), Live at The Palladium, The Terry Wogan Show, Live from The Cardiff Millenium, The Victoria Woods Show to name a few.
An accomplished and critically acclaimed cabaret performer, Alison has travelled the world presenting her various one woman shows in New York, West Virginia, Sydney and throughout the UK, Europe and Middle East. Flown to New York to be guest soloist for composer David Friedman at the ASCAP Concert for Contemporary Composers at the N.Y. Cabaret Convention, her solo CDs Simply Alison Jiear and Forgiveness’ Embrace were both released to overwhelming reviews and are available on iTunes or via the shop. Alison is due to release her third CD Live at Pizza on the Park in 2012.
Solo film credits include Being Julia, The Corpse Bride, Lion King III & Cody Banks III. She also sang on film soundtracks to Nine, Shrek II, Evita, Die Another Day, Star Wars Episode 1, Tomb Raider, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Alison has provided character voices for Nickelodeon Junior & Spitting Image animations.
Alison's dance track I Just Wanna ******* Dance has earnt her Gay Icon status all over the world. Flown to Australia to be the Opening Act for The 2009 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Alison also brought the house down duetting with fellow Australian chanteuse, Tina Arena. She has performed in gay clubs in the USA, UK and Australia wowing her loyal fans with her powerhouse vocals.
Alison performs regularly throughout the year at El Piano in Sitges, nr. Barcelona which is slowly becoming her second home.
SHOES at Sadlers Wells. Photo: Hugo Glendinning
Please note: the below clip contains explicit lyrics.