Heart & Soul
By Carol Decker
Published January 26 2016 on A Way With Media Publishing
T’Pau singer Carol Decker kept Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison from the top of the charts when her band went to number one in 1987.
The flame-haired singer became an international superstar as China In Your Hand, Heart & Soul and Valentine enjoyed worldwide success. They were taken from T’Pau’s debut album, Bridge Of Spies, which earned four platinum discs and led to five BRIT Award nominations.
It led to a golden era of success, in which Decker mixed with Prince Charles and Lady Di, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, Bryan Adams and other members of rock’s gliteratti.
Decker’s renaissance has been equally impressive and long-lasting: since reforming the band in 1998 she has been constantly on the road and much in-demand.
Now, for the first time, Decker is lifting the lid on the highs and the lows, the make-ups and the break-ups. With never-before-told tales from backstage and on the road, Decker is recounting in humorous prose how she went from the sleepy backwater of Shrewsbury to number one around the world.
Her recollections of sex’n’drugs’n’rock’n’roll are punctuated by moments of hilarity; from Twigletgate to the perils of chartering private jets with crates of champagne and no bathroom.
Her frank, revealing and emotionally-charged stories pull no punches. She charts with honesty and candour what’s it’s like to be a couple in a successful pop group, the break-up of her band (and relationship) and reveals how she found salvation in doing what she loves most – entertaining.
From sharing Christmas cards with Paul and Linda McCartney to being f-ed to death in a West End play by actor Stephen Berkoff; from hanging out with Princess Di to enduring Spinal Tap-like meltdowns and from confusing AC/DC’s groupies for minders to getting even with X Factor judge Gary Barlow, Heart & Soul is a frank and entertaining story of rock’n’roll excess.
It’s the book that fans have clamoured for and features rare photographs of Carol and her band.
Heart & Soul will be published on January 26 2016 to coincide with T’Pau’s new 21-date Songs and Stories tour, which runs from January to April 2016, in which Decker will perform the band’s greatest hits while recalling selected stories. She will meet’n’greet fans after each show, to sign copies of the book.
“I’ve told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” says Decker. “Heart & Soul will surprise a lot of people. It’s funny and it’s real. It charts what it’s like to be in the eye of the hurricane.”
Full details of T’Pau’s Songs and Stories tour are available at www.tpau.co.uk.