Alison is an accomplished vocalist, concert artist and session singer with over 25 years of experience in an industry where she has always had to evolve.

Alison trained classically at The Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Regularly reprimanded for sneaking out of Opera Workshops to "jam" with the jazz ensemble, Alison was told at the age of 19 that "if you keep singing like that, you won't have a voice when you're thirty!" Don't we find the inspiration to succeed in the strangest of places?

Originally starting out as a session vocalist, Alison's voice could be heard on many major Australian commercials. She defected to Great Britain with girl group The Fabulous Singlettes telling her parents she'd return in six months. That was in 1987. Her parents are still awaiting her return.

When the group disbanded after a successful five years in the UK, Alison tripped into musical theatre, taking on principle roles in West End shows such as Grease, Smokey Joe's Cafe, and On The Town for the English National Opera. Alison received a 2004 Laurence Olivier Award nomination for the role she portrayed in Jerry Springer the Opera at The RNT.

It was whilst appearing in The Hot Mikado however, that she formed an immediate bond with NY based Musical Director Rob Bowman, who introduced her to Count Basie, Ella, Shirley Horn (to name a few) and her ear became more atuned to the glorious specifics of this era of music.

Whilst she clearly belongs on the stage, Alison has always successfully combined her career as an actress with her love of studio work, equally at home working as a soloist, backing vocalist or part of a classical choir. Her musicianship and versatility continues to give her the opportunity to work with phenomonal producers, writers and musical teams and to this day, she dislikes being pigeon-holed. She is grateful to be doing all of the work she does and will keep her fingers in as many pies as she possibly can.

Alison may dip her toes into the world of theatre again, but is always far more comfortable performing as herself. Whether it be fronting her jazz trio in an intimate 100 seater or appearing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall, Alison takes the stage with grace, humility, musicianship at all costs and most of all, a devillish sense of humour.

Alison has worked with Lance for many years in the recording studio, but when setting out to create The Frank & Ella Show, she knew that Lance Ellington was the only man she wished to stand opposite and share this journey with. And what an exciting journey it's going to be.

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit www.alisonjiear.com

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