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Biography

  • Born

    14 May 1964 (age 54)

(Caroline) Shelley Preston (born May 14, 1964 in Hillingdon, London, England), is a professional singer, best known as the replacement for Jay Aston in the 1980s pop group Bucks Fizz.
She started singing in her local Sunday School choir from 4 years of age. While she was still at school, she sang with the Bournemouth Operatic Society. She worked as a singer at a hotel nightclub in Sri Lanka for six months before being selected at a London audition to be the new member of Bucks Fizz.
Shelley was introduced as the new member of Bucks Fizz to millions of viewers on the BBC TV prime-time chat show Wogan, hosted by Terry Wogan. She performed with the band from 1985 to 1990.
By the time Preston had joined the group, Bucks Fizz were on a downward slide in the charts and although all of the singles released with her made the UK charts, only "New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)" had any real success, reaching the top 10 in Summer 1986.

After leaving Bucks Fizz in 1990, Preston recorded some tracks with PWL with view to becoming a solo star, 7 tracks were recorded, none of which have ever been released.

Shelley then made a career as a backing vocalist, touring and appearing with Jason Donovan,
INXS, Brian May, Michael Bolton, Go West, Beverley Craven, Alexander O’Neal, Luther Vandross, Errol Brown and Belinda Carlisle (she still currently performs with Carlisle). During the 1990s she was also a member of the bands Fret Monkey and Hard Candy.
In 2003 she was invited to join the "chillout lounge" band Cloudfish (which includes former Spandau Ballet saxophonist Steve Norman), and also writes some material for them. Cloudfish released its latest album in July 2006, on which Preston is featured.
In 2004 Preston reunited with Bucks Fizz bandmates Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Bobby G for the Christmas Here & Now arena tour. Baker, Nolan and Preston enjoyed it so much that they decided to continue in their own version of Bucks Fizz. Under the name The Original Bucks Fizz.
As a three-piece they performed at various festivals and nightclubs. In June 2008, they performed at the last G-A-Y night alongside McFly and The Feeling. In August 2008, Preston with Baker, Nolan and Aston took part in a makeover show for Living TV, which was aired in March 2009 and performed with Björn Again at the Hammersmith Apollo on 18 December 2008.

In April 2009, Preston announced that she was leaving The Original Bucks Fizz. Preston performed and co-wrote for Cloudfish until that band's demise, coinciding with her and Steve Norman's divorce.

Shelley announced her first solo concert since leaving The Original Bucks Fizz scheduled for 2 November 2013 at The Colour House Theatre, London. The show was a sell out.

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