Even though she is among the most rousing, rafter-rattling pop and R&B singers in modern music, there isn’t a lucrative label deal waiting for ex-Yaz frontwoman Alison Moyet.
“I’ve had loads of offers over the last few years, but all for covers albums,” she says. “The latest one inferred that they were genuinely interested in me as an artist, only until they found out I wouldn’t do reality television. That’s the sad state that the record industry finds itself in — they just find it difficult to put new music out there.”
Moyet, 52, won’t say which BBC program turned her stomach. But the blustery Brit — who appears at the Fillmore on Monday promoting her new self-financed CD, “The Minutes” — is often invited on to U.K. programs such as “Big Brother” and “I’m a Celebrity — Get Me Out of Here!”
“I always say I don’t care how much they’re offering, I don’t want to do it,” she says. “I’ve constantly come up against this issue of how the industry is positioning solo female singers, and as you get older, they really don’t know what to do with you. So it was finally a case of ‘enough is enough.’”
Moyet, whose last release was 2007’s “The Turn,” had soulful new songs such as “Changeling,” “Right As Rain” and “When I Was Your Girl” waiting to be tracked. So she phoned producer-programmer Guy Sigsworth and scheduled recording sessions.
Then she told her management: “‘Look — no one even wants to take a meeting with me, and when they do, they come up with these ridiculous ideas of what I should be doing. I really believe in Guy and in the direction we’re going, and if I never make another album, I have to make this collection of original work now.”
Sigsworth liked the material so much, he worked on it during down time between his other major studio assignments, without an advance.
Halfway through recording, the duo tried to set up label meetings, but nobody would hear their pitch. So Moyet decided to pay for it herself. Then she found independent worldwide distribution for “The Minutes.”
“Only You” — Moyet’s definitive 1982 hit with Yaz, her short-lived band with Erasure’s Vince Clarke — was recently voted the eighth greatest song in pop history by U.K. rock mag NME.
“But you measure success in a completely different way now,” she says. “Just to create something that seems unattainable is like a sigh of relief. And it’s almost like I don’t care what happens after that.”
IF YOU GO
Where: Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Monday
Contact: (415) 346-6000, www.livenation.com