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Alison Fleming is an English songwriter and recording artist, originally from Bramham, Yorkshire (home to iconic Leeds Festival) - and now living in SW Missouri, United States. 

She grew up in a musical family, the eldest of four children. 

Both parents were born in the North East of England. Their mother Grace played classical piano and attended drama classes (alongside the now famous English actress Wendy Craig) with a dream to attend RADA although she became a teacher and later in the 1970s was a Chief Home Service Advisor for the North Eastern Gas Board, before her tragic death in a car crash in 1980. Their father, James (known as Jim) was trained on 'Swifts' as a fighter pilot, then Varsities and on retiring taught people to fly, in the Chipmunk. He would fly over the house and tip his wings. He loved Dixieland Jazz and suchlike the Inkspots. The greats such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jelly Roll Morton. This music frequently aired around the house. Self-taught on piano, in the 1950s Jim headed up an RAF Dixieland jazz band on piano and vocals. When Alison and siblings had teenage parties he'd perform on the upright - stuff like "Tea for Two" and "It's a sin to tell a Lie". It was an upbringing that encouraged creativity, love of music and the arts, appreciation of nature and, not least, the value of a sense of humour.

Living in the air force meant frequent changes of piano-teacher. Alison would tinker on the ivories making up tunes and never got into reading music too avidly because she would remember the notes by heart. At school, she would win poetry competitions. She taught herself guitar in her teens and - with their mother active in the church - she joined the choir and became a bell ringer. Sunday's she'd have to make a dash from the belfry to the church vestry to don cassock and get into line to file in to the choir stalls. To raise funds for the church roof she and friends started a village drama club called 'Seventh Sense" and put on comedy shows. They also organised dances giving the opportunity for local rock bands to perform, one band's drummer being David Flannagan, whose brother Paul at the time was drummer for 'Adam and the Ants'. 

In her mid-20s she was working in publishing, first writing for a PR firm and then as a magazine editor. At home she started adding words to her melodies. The first songs were acoustic and very 'folk' - musings on the state of the world and the human condition. Meanwhile her sister with a piano based romantic ballad won a spot in the finals of a TV songwriter competition. Recording equipment progressed from a simple cassette player, voice and acoustic guitar, to a mini-cassette 8 track studio Tascam Porta One, Casio keyboard and an old Gibson Marauder electric she'd spied in the window of a second-hand shop along the Priory Road in Liverpool.

Back in the 1980s there was no such thing as the internet. She mailed rough demo cassettes to music industry producers and A & R around London. The response was enthusiastic, but the advice was to put the songs into better shape, so she turned her focus to looking for more assistance in production. A year later, in 1986, she met Tony Lowe. A move to Billericay in Essex near London, presented the opportunity to get together. They met in person for the first time at Tony's studio which was then in Brixton and without further ado polished off a few tracks in one day. 

Around 1989 another move this time to the west country led to meeting Monmouth based rock band, 'The Intruders'. With their support she was able to perform some of her songs (in rock form). 'Alison & The Intruders' gigged around the local areas, Wales, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Hereford - a highlight gig being in Reading. 

In 1995 she moved to the USA. The move coincided with the early days of the Internet, by which fateful stroke of luck Tony and Alison were able to continue to write and record in collaboration. 

Tony Lowe is a musically renowned UK Composer, Producer, and Guitarist. His production of her songwriting brought about major London label A&R interest and ultimately has garnered three Lowe/Fleming albums to date, two of which opened doors to the music industry's GRAMMY® Awards lists - the first, 'All of the Above' in 2007 in eight categories including Album of the Year, Best rock song for 'Fires keep burning' and Song of the year for ‘Blue like the sky'; the second, aptly titled ‘Second Nature’, in 2008 in six categories.  

In October 2008 'All of the Above' was launched with a live performance at popular venue 'Inn on the Green', Notting Hill London - to rave reviews along with money raised for the charity, 'Bollocks to Poverty'. Band members, composer/writer Tony Lowe (lead vocals, guitar, programming), co-writer Alison Fleming (lead vocals), Poppy Gonzalez (keyboards, percussion, backing vocals), Steve Gee (Bass) and Julian Stapley (Drums), Mixing Engineer Gareth Redfarn. Executive Producer Cheryl Stringall. 

Third album 'Human Sleeping’ is created under the auspices of Tony Lowe’s associated independent record label, Sunn Creative headed by MD Cheryl Stringall, whereupon Alison signed onto the artist roster for the one album. 

More recently she is credited as lyrical co-writer and for backing vocals as 'the voice of the ghost' on Tony Lowe and Mark Brzezicki’s symphonic prog-rock album ESP - 'Invisible Din', released on 11th November 2016. 

Viewed among musical colleagues for ‘clear-water’ vocals she creates organic arrangements with different feels and sounds. Influences include Bjork and Kate Bush. Though often regarded as 'one-of-a-kind', she is compared to Annie Lennox, Suzanne Vega, Edie Brickell, Carly Simon, Sade, Enya and Evanescence and on the electronic side to the likes of Bjork and Daft Punk, Zedd and Massive Attack.  

Her solo music is a fusion of genres - experimental pop, rock, folk, jazz, blues and electronic dance music.  Debut solo project of two albums, 'Freeway' and 'Freeway - The Remixes', were released through CD Baby (publishing and distribution), on 29th September 2017. 

Friday 18th May 2018 a Double Album holding both Freeway CDs was released, for download-only. Alison says, “The two CDs are perfectly able to belong together because they offer different-takes on the same source material. And no doubt it influences the whole that both albums were created over the course of the same stretch of time. There are fun comparisons to be made - more than a few tracks, have you guessing!” 

Alison continues to write and record in her studio in a quiet backwater of SW Missouri, with two black cats Ziggy and Buddy and newest addition a cocker spaniel named Harvey. 

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