Claudia Fontaine

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Claudia Fontaine (26 August 1960 – 13 March 2018) was an English backing vocalist from Peckham, London.


During the 1980s, Fontaine and fellow backing vocalist Caron Wheeler (and later, third member Naomi Thompson) were collectively known as Afrodiziak.[1] She made an appearance in Wheeler's video "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" with Soul II Soul. She also performed with such artists as The Jam, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Marilyn, Madness, Neneh Cherry, The Specials, Heaven 17, Hothouse Flowers and Howard Jones.[1] Fontaine sang background vocals on the hit single "Free Nelson Mandela" by The Special AKA.[1]

Fontaine was the lead vocalist on The Beatmasters' 1989 hit single "Warm Love",[2][1] which is included on their debut album Anywayawanna. She also sang lead vocals on the song "Deeper Into Harmony" on The Beatmasters' 1992 album Life & Soul.[1]

She performed backing vocals on Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour and The Division Bell Tour and the subsequent DVD's and CD's Delicate Sound of Thunder and Pulse.[3]

She also toured with Robbie Williams and performed backing vocals on the Sing When You're Winning album.

She sang backing vocals for Joe Cocker at his 2002 London concert with special guest guitarist Brian May.


She died in March 2018, aged 57.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f "UK singer Claudia Fontaine has died".
  2. ^ Credit: The Beatmasters featuring Claudia Fontaine
  3. ^ Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7.

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