On the Couch with Alison Jiear

Alison Jiear AAR On the CouchWho is Alison Jiear?
Alison Jiear (pron. Jyre… ‘thanks Dad’) is a Brisbane born singer who has resided in England for the past 31 years. She still “calls Australia home” however. Alison has two children: Nate (12), Michael (22), a 4 yr old granddaughter Alissia and a large extended family of friends. Alison is grateful that people have been paying her to sing since the age of 19.  She thrives around positive people.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would work full time in the funeral industry. I am a fully certified Civil Funeral Celebrant (non-religious minister) but I don’t get enough time to commit to my work because of my singing commitments. I would also like to use my voice to work with people suffering with Alzheimer’s.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by singers like Ella Fitzgerald. Her musicianship is second to none. I also discovered an American Christian singer called David Phelps some years ago – his voice is unbelievable. I had the privilege of dueting with him in London. His generosity as an artist, and as a human being, was overwhelming. He inspired me to record my own Inspirational album. I have a lot to thank him for.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d love to set up an innovative Funeral Director service (ideally with my friend Darren), supporting people at their most vulnerable time and empowering them to make individual choices. I’d like to play a small part in moving the industry forward and changing people’s perceptions of what a funeral can and should be. We all need to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. I’m quite passionate about this subject.  Can you tell?

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Australia. Why? Too many reasons to list. Living in the UK has taken me away from my family, my friends and the most beautiful country in the world, so any chance to come home and I grab it!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
If my friends come to London, I have to take them to Buckingham Palace. To NOT do so would be like going to Sydney and not seeing the Harbour. It just has to be done!

What are you currently reading?
Becoming by Michelle Obama – It’s incredible.

What are you currently listening to?
The Story by Brandi Carlisle. Her voice is so raw it rips my heart open. My Tina Arena playlist is never far away either.

Happiness is?
Knowing that the people I love are healthy and happy. Hugging my two boys.

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t know … I live for today.

Alison presents A Centenary Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald at the Seymour Centre: 12 & 13 July as part of the 2019 Sydney Cabaret Festival. For more information, visit: www.sydneycabaretfest.com for details.

Image: Alison Jiear (supplied)