KARMIC POWER RECORDS - Alison Limerick
Alison Limerick was born in London and trained as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She went on to perform with Ballet Metropolis and MAAS Movers. Although first singing professionally for the London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Phoenix Dance, alison’s powerful vocals were soon in demand on commercial sessions. She found herself working with artists and songwriters including The Style Council, Pete Murphy and This Mortal Coil. alison is one of the (uncredited) singers heard performing the closing theme song on each episode of the BBC’s Blackadder the Third series.
Session work led to a successful solo recording career that took alison to the forefront of the international dance scene. Signed to Arista Records in 1990, she released her first solo album, And Still I Rise in 1992. Named after one of alison’s favourite Maya Angelou poems, the album yielded four singles in addition to the worldwide hit Where Love Lives:
Come Back For Real Love - production care of Arthur Baker and Lati Kronlund with extra BVs by Jocelyn Brown and Papa Dee; remixes by Paul Oakenfold/Steve Osborne;
Make It On My Own - produced by Steve Anderson; remixes by Tony Humphreys and Todd Terry
Getting It Right - co-written with Steve Anderson who produced; Frankie Foncett and Masters At Work on remix duties
Hear My Call, most notably mixed by Driza Bone (Billy April/Vincent Garcia).
The 2nd album With A Twist produced two singles - Time Of Our Lives and Love Come Down, the latter a cover of an Evelyn Champagne King tune, both tracks gaining alison a place in the UK national top 40. Although Frankie Knuckles claimed the lion’s share of production, the album also featured contributions from Dave Morales, The Beloved and the John Waddell/Tim Bran partnership.
In 1996 Arista released Alison Limerick: Club Classics, a remix album. From this release Where Love Lives again topped the dance charts with Make It On My Own following. For the first time Where Love Lives was released in America and reached number 4 in the Billboard Hot Dance 100 Chart. To top off the year alison was nominated for a MOBO award.
The album Spirit Rising, released in 1998, featured the single Put Your Faith In Me (released in ’97, produced by Living Joy's Visnadi Brothers) which became a top 5 dance track. A second single Let’s Hold On (to Love) and an Italian release of Never Knew also came from the album.
‘Where Love Lives, a track so mammoth,
that even the term classic seems inappropriate.’ TOP
There can be no doubt that it was the 1991 release of Where Love Lives - voted the ‘Greatest Dance Record Of All Time’ in Mixmag - that catapulted alison onto the dance scene. A huge dance hit, not only in the UK but across the world, that has so far been included on over 50 compilations world-wide, including all the main players’ ‘Classics’ collections (Cream, Pasha, Ministry Of Sound, Dave Pearce’ 40 Classic Dance Anthems and the Pete Tong Collection). Time-Out voted it one of the 20 Best House Tracks Ever. DJ Magazine described it as a game-changer, “A seminal track that altered dance forever”. The song must also be a contender for the most remixed track in dance history and includes all-time classic mixes by such luminaries as Frankie Knuckles and David Morales, whose Classic Mix shines brightest in the minds of many fans.
Writing/singing collaborations include Love Will Keep Us Together with the James Taylor Quartet for their album In The Hand Of The Inevitable, tracks for each of the five Vibrophonic albums, two tracks with Japanese band Key of Life for their self-titled album (released on Victor), Workin’ On It on Angel Reef, This Girl on Identity Records, Let Me Lead You To Heaven on Rebirth and In The Blood a song co-written with Xpress 2 released on the Skint Label. The versatile vocalist has worked with other producers including Arthur Baker, Joe T Vanelli and Lati Kronlund. Co-writing the cuts on which she sang, alison featured on the British r’n’b album Colour Of My Soul by Full Flava, on IKON’s self-titled debut album and on Let Me Lead You To Heaven, by Italian production team And If.
Along with the award winning composer David Mitcham, alison co-wrote Any Kind Of Light, the closing theme of Richard Burridge’s 2003 British movie Collusion, starring Imogen Stubbs and Leslie Philips; a film in which she also appeared as the jazz singer. No Other love (on ChocolateBoy Records) is one of the few tracks Ms Limerick did not co-write.
Remix credits go to a host of names including Frankie Knuckle/David Morales, Paul Oakenfold/Steve Osborne, Tony Humphreys, Todd Terry, Frankie Foncett, Driza Bone and Masters At Work, who helped to propel Ms Limerick’s early career forward. More recently Dancing Divas, Northstarz, Open Air, Chocolate Puma, Manuel Tur, Seamus Haji, Pound Boys, Kraak & Smaak and Steve Angello have taken turns in the remix studio, ensuring that alison Limerick’s presence continues to be felt on the dance floor.
No stranger to the live arena, alison has worked on stage with pop legend George Michael and jazz hero Courtney Pine. In the 90s she gigged with both Vibraphonic and the James Taylor Quartet, as well as touring her own band. In 2001 alison joined Lamont Dozier on stage at the Royal Festival Hall for “The Song’s The Thing”, a celebration of Motown music.
The Telegraph enthused, “Passion and charisma arrived in the form of shaven-headed British soulstress alison Limerick and a breathlessly exhilarating Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”.
In 2016 alison began touring with the Brooklyn Funk Essentials, a live project that has her working once more with Lati Kronlund the writer and producer of Where Love Lives. Closer to home she can be heard singing soulful jazz with Algorisms or performing with Eat Logic, an edgy Jazztronica/Futurejazz collective . . . . and she can still be heard, live and loud, at house music events around the world, as evidenced by her sell-out appearances with the Carl Cox ‘Mobile Disco’ Tour in Australia at the end of 2016.
2017 will see Ms Limerick back on the road with the Brooklyn Funk Essentials, with whom she has been recording, likewise Eat Logic’s album should be ready for release later this year and will be accompanied by gigs with the band. This autumn Algorisms will release their seminal interpretation of Autumn Leaves. In March alison will appear in the BBC2 programme “Geri’s 90s”, reminiscing with others about that heady decade.