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Alison Fleming ~ Short Bio

Alison Fleming is a longtime songwriter and recording artist from Yorkshire UK.

As a child she took piano lessons and tinkered on piano creating melodies for fun. Her mother's love of musicals rubbed off on her with films such as, 'The Sound of Music' and 'Funny Girl'. She had a knack for poetry that won her a few competitions at school. By her mid-teens she had picked up acoustic guitar.

It wasn't until the 1980s - while working in publishing - that she started songwriting proper. The drive was purely emotional, to write songs that move the soul. Her first tracks had an acoustic folk-feel. A penchant for ambiguous chords and phrasing and a progressive thread runs through all her songwriting to date.

As her studio developed so did her solo writing style, which has been put under genres including singer-songwriter, alternative-indie (dream pop, art rock, free folk etc), Britpop, experimental and new progressive.

Her first song-demos to industry in the 80's were well received among A&R folk in London UK, who asked her to put the tracks into better shape.

Enter renowned guitarist producer creator, Tony Lowe - now longtime musical colleague and friend - whose first productions of her tracks were pivotal in garnering the interest of Chrysalis Records, and later of Hit and Run Music Publishing (UK).

Lowe and Fleming's co-written albums 'All of the Above' and 'Second Nature' landed on the first ballot lists of the GRAMMY® Awards 2007 and 2008, which is an unprecedented achievement for independent artists.

Alison has contributed variously over the years to Tony Lowe's star studded 'esp project' and has co-written and made guest appearances on other albums on the associated Sunn Creative label.

In 2012 Alison began working also with music producer and songwriter Paul Baggott (UK). She has released four solo albums produced by Paul to date - three under the 'Freeway' project in 2017/2018 and latest album ‘Play On Words’ in March of 2023. Alison continues to write and record out of her 'Bear Studio' at home in Colorado.

PLAY ON WORDS - New Album 17 MARCH 2023

The jazz Greats that spun on her father's turntable, her mother's enthusiasm for musicals and the classical, Alison's love of such as the originality and quirk of Kate Bush and the cinematic passion projected by Bjork are all influences that have some undertow in 'Play On Words' Alison's newest album.

If you like upbeat, quirky storytellers delivered with a passion, likely you'll go for this album. 

The tracks have a singular identity and range in musical style from folksy-ballad to artful pop-rock, to new progressive. There's a smooth flow and consistent underlay, making for a highly accessible album. Producer, Paul Baggott (UK).

Press photos

Bear Studio. Photos by Madeleine Thour Photography Sweden

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Play On Words ~ credits & metadata

Title: Play On Words  

Length: 42 minutes

Number of tracks: 10

UPC: 1980-1515-4082 

Album Release date: March 17 2023

Publishing Administration: CD Baby, Portland OR USA 

Formats: CD and digital download - available at Bandcamp, Amazon; and streaming online.

Music and lyrics: Alison Fleming  ~ © Alison Fleming 2023

Vocals: Alison Fleming

Additional Vocals (and whistle): Paul Baggott

Instruments played by Alison Fleming and Paul Baggott

Recorded at: Alison's 'Bear Studio' USA

Recorded, Produced and Mastered by: Paul Baggott (UK)

Recording timespan: May 2020 to October 2022

CD gold master and coding: Jeff Smith, Studio 2100, Springfield MO USA 


Cover Design: Paul Baggott

Artwork concept, material, layout and design: Paul Baggott and Alison Fleming

Greenwich location Photography: Stephen Hugill ~ © Stephen Hugill 2022

CD duplication, printing & packaging: Cantrell Barnes, Springfield, MO USA

Production Notes

Video of the Day - snippets of the ten tracks