Shelley Preston on stage in 1985
14 May 1964 |
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, model|
She started singing in her local Sunday school choir from 4 years of age. While she was still at school, she sang with the Bournemouth Operatic Society. She worked as a singer at a hotel nightclub in Sri Lanka for six months before being selected at a London audition to be the new member of Bucks Fizz.
By the time Preston had joined the group, Bucks Fizz's last few singles had not charted so well. However due to the huge amount of publicity and media frenzy surrounding the 'new girl' Bucks Fizz were back in the charts and selling out tours. "New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)" reached number 8 in the UK Charts in the Summer of 1986. The single preceded the album Writing on the Wall, released later that year. This included an early version of "Love in a World Gone Mad", which was later re-recorded featuring Preston's solo vocals. Its intended single release in 1987 was cancelled however. This version finally appeared on the re-issued Writing on the Wall album in 2004.
After leaving Bucks Fizz in 1990, Preston made a career as a backing vocalist, touring and appearing with Jason Donovan, INXS, Brian May, Michael Bolton, Go West, Beverley Craven, Alexander O’Neal, Luther Vandross, Donny Osmond, Blue, Westlife, Alison Moyet, Tom Jones, David Hasselhoff, Errol Brown and Belinda Carlisle (she still occasionally performs with Carlisle). During the 1990s she worked as a model, appearing in a number of commercials. Preston was also the voice of Radio One as featured vocalist on their idents for two years.
In 2003 she was invited to join the "chillout lounge" band Cloudfish, which includes her longtime boyfriend and Spandau Ballet saxophonist, Steve Norman. Together they write and produce their own material and released a mini album in July 2006. They performed a sold-out gig at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho, London, and have played at Pacha in Ibiza. Cloudfish still continue today and are currently writing new material and actively touring.
In 2004, Preston reunited with Bucks Fizz bandmates Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Bobby G for the Christmas Here & Now arena tour. Following this, Baker, Nolan and Preston decided to continue as The Original Bucks Fizz. As a three-piece they performed at various festivals and nightclubs. In June 2008, they performed at the last G-A-Y night alongside McFly and The Feeling. In August 2008, Preston with Baker, Nolan and Aston took part in a makeover show for Living TV, which was aired in March 2009 and performed with Björn Again at the Hammersmith Apollo on 18 December 2008.
In April 2009, Preston announced that she was leaving The Original Bucks Fizz. Preston continues to perform and write for the Cloudfish music project.
Shelley has announced her first solo concert since leaving The Original Bucks Fizz scheduled for November 2nd 2013 at The Colour House Theatre, London.
Shelley Preston has a son, Benjamin William Beers (born 1998, Hounslow, Greater London), from her short relationship with Garry Gary Beers of INXS in 1997. Shelley now lives with her son in South West London. In May 2011, she married her long-time partner Steve Norman.
With Bucks Fizz:
- September 1985 Magical
- June 1986 New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)
- August 1986 Love the One You're With
- November 1986 Keep Each Other Warm
- October 1988 Heart of Stone
- May 1989 You Love Love
- November 1986 Writing on the Wall
- November 1988 The Story So Far
- July 2005 The Ultimate Anthology
- August 2006 The Lost Masters
- May 2008 The Lost Masters 2: The Final Cut
- The Official Shelley Preston myspace site
- Shelley Preston Official Site
- Cloudfish page at the Steve Norman Website
- Bucks Fizz The Early Years