Carol Decker in 2010
|Birth name||Carol Ann Decker|
10 September 1957 |
Huyton, Merseyside, England, UK
|Genres||Pop, pop rock, new wave|
|Labels||Siren, Virgin, Charisma, Gnatfish|
|Members||Carol Decker, Ron Rogers|
Carol Ann Decker (born 10 September 1957) is an English musician. She is best known as the singer and front woman for the band T'Pau, which had international success in the late 1980s. Although Decker's music is mainly associated with the group, she also released a solo single in 1995, "One Heart," in support of the Halifax World Cup Rugby League centenary.
Decker's personal record label is named GnatFish. She also worked in Dukes butchers Chandlers Ford as a Saturday girl in the 1980s
Life and career
In addition to her musical achievements, Decker has also acted on both stage and screen, including a part in the film, Nine Dead Gay Guys. TV appearances include Hit Me, Baby, One More Time (in which she reached the final round, ultimately being beaten by Shakin' Stevens). Decker also appeared in the British comedy series Trigger Happy TV in which she appeared in a "bull in a china shop" sketch (the joke being that she had previously had a hit with the song, "China in Your Hand"), and in another sketch where she accompanied Dom Joly, as he pretended to be a door-to-door salesman.
Decker took part in the prime time BBC One show Just the Two of Us which began on 2 January 2007. However, despite singing duets with Beverley Knight, Tony Christie and Natasha Hamilton, she and her singing partner Gregg Wallace were the first to be eliminated from the show, after singing the Jackson Five's "Blame It on the Boogie".
Decker appeared in the video for Peter Kay and Matt Lucas's charity single "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2007. She released a single, "Just Dream", in download-only format in September 2007.
Decker began dating restaurateur Richard Coates in 1996. They have two children, Scarlett (born 1998) and Dylan (born 2002) and married in 2006. That same year, Decker became a joint tenant of the Cherry Tree Inn at Stoke Row near Henley, which Coates had established. It closed in 2012.
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