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

Alison grew up in a musical family, the eldest of four children. Both parents from the North East of England. Their mother Grace played classical piano, attended drama classes (alongside the now famous English actress Wendy Craig) with a dream to attend RADA. With one thing or another, she opted for the National Training School of Cookery in London and became a Home Economics teacher. In her 40s she became Chief Service Advisor for the North Eastern Gas Board, until her tragic death in a car crash in 1980. Father, James (known as Jim) was a 'Swift' fighter pilot. He loved Dixieland Jazz and the greats such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jelly Roll Morton. Self taught on piano, in the 1950s he was part of an RAF Dixieland jazz band, on piano and vocals. Both instilled into their children a love and influence of music, literature, nature and the outdoors and of self expression and all things creative.

In the air force meant frequent changes of teachers of piano, Though she'd tinker at home and make up tunes, as did her sister Lois. whose song won a finals place in a 1980s Yorkshire TV talent competition. Alison took to guitar in her teens. Their mother was also active in the village church and community. Alison was in choir and a bell ringer. Sunday's she'd have to make a dash from the belfry to the church vestry door to don cassock and get in line to file in to the choir stalls. To raise funds for the church roof she and friends started a drama club called 'Seventh Sense" and put on comedy shows. They also organised  dances giving the opportunity for local rock bands to perform. Today Leeds Festival has its positive effect.

In her mid-20s she was married and working in publishing, first writing for a PR firm and then working as a magazine editor and writer. She started writing songs age 25. The first songs were acoustic and very 'Folk' - about poor people in London and (broadly speaking) the human condition. Recording equipment soon progressed from a simple cassette player to a mini-cassette 8 track studio Tascam Porta One. A small casio keyboard followed, soon joined by an old Gibson Marauder electric guitar she found in the window of a second hand shop along the Priory Road in Liverpool (hubby's home town). Soon a lot of tracks were amassed. What to do with them? Back in the 1980s there was no such thing as the internet, nor cell phones for that matter. She mailed rough demo cassettes to music industry producers and companies around London. The response was enthusiastic but the advice was to put the songs into better shape. And so she turned her focus to looking for more assistance in the area of production. A year later, in 1986, she met Tony Lowe. Not long after, a move to Billericay near London presented the opportunity to get together. They met in person for the first time and got straight to it, recording some tracks at Tony's studio which was then located in a rather rough area of London known as Brixton.

In the early 90s another move, to the west country near Monmouth, led to meeting another local rock band 'The Intruders'; and with their support for a year she was able to perform some of her songs with them as they gigged around the local areas, Wales, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Hereford - a highlight gig being in Reading. In 1995 she moved to the USA, which coincided with the early days of the Internet. This presented the ability for Tony and Alison to continue to write and record in collaboration.

Tony Lowe is a musically renowned UK Composer, Producer, and Guitarist. His production of her songwriting led to 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. This prompted 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’ was 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 has been compared to Annie Lennox, Edie Brickell, Carly Simon, Sade, Enya and Evanescence and on the electronic side to Bjork and Daft Punk, Zedd and Massive Attack. 

Her solo music is a fusion of genres - the likes and influences of 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, will 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 her cocker spaniel named Harvey.