T’Pau

T’pau burst onto the music scene in 1987 with the hit Heart & Soul reaching No. 4 in both the UK & US charts. Taken from the debut album Bridge Of Spies. It’s innovative use of a rap verse over a melodic vocal introduced the world to the distinctive lead vocals of Carol Decker & the song writing talents of Carol & Ronnie Rogers.

Heart & Soul led to a meteoric rise in T’pau’s fortunes at home & in the USA where the track stayed on the US Billboard Chart for 6 months.

After a European Arena Tour supporting Bryan Adams, the band toured UK City Halls and Theatres as headliners to tie in with the next single, the classic ballad, China In Your Hand. Nobody could have predicted the impact of ‘China’ which stayed at No. 1 for 5 weeks -the longest serving No. 1 of the year. Simultaneously, Bridge Of Spies occupied the number 1 album slot for 2 weeks .Their own arena concerts followed.

To date, China In Your Hand has appeared on more than 300 compilations, and has become part of the fabric of the 80’s. After further hits Valentine, I Will Be With You, and Sex Talk The “Bridge Of Spies album was certified quadruple platinum in the UK, selling 1.2 million copies. 1988’s Rage also went platinum.

The original line up of T’pau split in 1991 after a final Top 20 hit Whenever You Need Me. Greatest hits album Heart & Soul: The Very Best Of T’pau was released in 1993.

Carol Decker of T'Pau

In 1997, Carol built a new T’pau embarking on a 25-date UK tour plus festivals,recording several shows and releasing ‘T’pau Live’.

In 1998 Carol recorded ‘Red’ the first new T’pau studio album for 6 years. She performed an orchestrated version of “China” with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the poignant Princess Diana Tribute Concert at Althorp in June 1998, also broadcast live around the world.

T’pau quickly joined Status Quo’s 1998 European Tour.

Easing up on touring to have 2 children, Carol hit the West End Stage in the hit comedy ‘Mum’s the Word’ at The Albery Theatre with Patsy Palmer, Imogen Stubbs, Jenny Eclair and Cathy Tyson. TV Dramas included ‘Doctors’
& ‘Star’ with Nicolas Hoult. UK film includes ‘Nine Dead Gay Guys’ with Steven Berkoff & Michael Praed, and ‘Running Time’ – the first UK Interactive BAFTA nominated Film.

Ron Rogers returned to T’pau & they embarked on the hugely successful #Tpau25live anniversary tour in 2013.

Carol and Ronnie went back into studio to write record Pleasure And Pain, released in 2015 to 5 star reviews. This was followed by a sell-out Songs And Stories acoustic tour in 2016, promoting her autobiography Heart and Soul.

In 2015 T’pau proudly promoted Bridge of Spies Expanded Box Set Edition and in 2018 The 30th Anniversary Virgin Anthology Boxset. Download singles RUN & Be Wonderful followed in 2018 and 2020 on Carol’s label Gnatfish Records.

T’pau are a regular fixture on the Festival & Arena circuit & have rocked out at IOW Rewind, Let’s Rock, W-Fest, Here and Now, StepBack, and Ibiza Children of the 80’s to name but a few. Carol also joined a host of 80s stars on the 80s Classical shows in 2019 with the Opera North and BBC Concert Orchestras.

Carol is a popular guest on Radio and TV: Ken Bruce & Steve Wright, Terry Wogan, Sara Cox, Jools Holland, Jonathan Ross, Chris Evans, Never Mind The Buzzcock, Trigger Happy TV, The Mathew Wright Show, Jeremy Vine, Loose Women, Lorraine & Celeb Mastermind. She was also a winner of All Star Mr and Mrs and Pointless! In 2018, Carol was a semi-finalist on Celebrity MasterChef.

Carol has presented radio shows for Absolute 80’s, Magic and LBC.

For more, visit: T’Pau Central – The Official Home of UK Band T’Pau (tpau.co.uk).