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Carol Ann Decker (born 10 September 1957) is an English musician and lead vocalist 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 "One Heart," a solo single in 1995, to support the centenary of the Halifax World Cup Rugby League.

Carol Decker
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Carol Decker in 2010
Background information
Birth nameCarol Ann Decker
Born (1957-09-10) 10 September 1957 (age 62)
Huyton, Merseyside, England, UK
GenresPop, pop rock, new wave
Years active1986–present
LabelsSiren, Virgin, Charisma,[1] Gnatfish
Associated actsT'Pau
MembersCarol Decker, Ron Rogers

Decker's personal record label is named GnatFish.[2]


Life and careerEdit

Decker was born in Huyton, Merseyside and educated in Wellington, Shropshire.[3]

In addition to her musical achievements, Decker also has acted on both stage and screen, including a part in the film Nine Dead Gay Guys.[4] 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.

In 2003 she appeared in the play Mum's The Word (written by Linda A Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams) at the Albery Theatre in London.

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 Jacksons' "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 the single "Just Dream" in download-only format in September 2007.

In 2018 Carol Decker was a contestant on Celebrity Masterchef.

Personal lifeEdit

T'Pau member Ronnie Rogers was her boyfriend at the time, and they co-wrote the majority of the band's songs.[5][6]

Decker began dating restaurateur Richard Coates in 1996. They have two children, Scarlett (born 1998) and Dylan (born 2002), and married in 2006.[7] That same year, Decker became a joint tenant of the Cherry Tree Inn at Stoke Row near Henley, which Coates had established.[8] It closed in 2012.[9]


  1. ^ "6959.jpg (JPEG Image, 645 × 753 pixels)". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Carol Decker back in Shrewsbury where it all started". Shropshire Star. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  3. ^ "For Crying Out Loud! (T'Pau interviews)". T' Retrieved 17 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Nine Dead Gay Guys". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 13 February 2007.
  5. ^ Fulton, Rick (20 April 2011). "T'Pau lead singer Carol Decker is going back in time". Daily Record. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  6. ^ Della-Ragione, Joanna (3 October 2013). "'I came back from the brink' says China in Your Hand singer Carol Decker". Daily Express. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  7. ^ Laws, Roz (9 November 2008). "T'PAU STAR'S Argos WEDDING". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 2 December 2014 – via Questia Online Library.
  8. ^ "The Sugar Loaf gets a makeover and a new style of cuisine (From Bucks Free Press)". 15 February 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Last orders for The Cherry Tree". getreading. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2014.

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