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 by a white female vocalist 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 both at home & in the USA, where the track stayed on the US billboard chart for 6 months. After a UK arena tour supporting Bryan Adams, the band immediately 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 enormous 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 number1 album slot for 2 weeks The Arena concerts followed. In Ireland the band had 4 top 10 hits and 9 top 30 chart hits.
To date, “China In Your Hand” has appeared on more than 150 compilations, and has become one of the most played songs of the 1980’s. After further hits such as 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. ‘Rage’ the 2nd album also went platinum.
‘In 1987 T’Pau were officially BIGGER than The Beatles, keeping George Harrison and Paul McCartney at No.2 in the UK singles and album charts respectively.
‘T’Pau hold the exclusive title of holding three simulateneous No.1 slots . ‘China’ No.1 in the singles charts, Bridge of Spies No.1 in the album charts and the ‘China Remix’ at No.1 in the dance charts!’
‘T’Pau were nominated for 5 Brit Awards in their time, an Ivor Novello Award for ‘China In Your Hand’, and an ASCAP Award from the USA for ‘Heart & Soul’.’
The original line up of T’pau split in 1991 after the final hit “Whenever You Need Me” (No. 1, ans 6)
The final album, “Heart & Soul: The Very Best Of T’pau,” was released in 1993. All these good things did sadly come to an end.Separating professionally and personally,Ron Rogers returned to production and studio work, whilst Carol embarked upon a co-writing career, occasionally performing solo and on other projects. Carol also addressed The Oxford Union in 1995 , speaking on Women In The Muisc Business.
By 1997, Carol had taken the decision to build a new T’pau around her, and get back on the road after assembling a massive amount of new material. A 25-date UK tour in the summer of ’97, including festivals. Encouraged by the response, Carol embarked upon recording ‘Red’ the first new T’pau album for 6 years, After 6 months in the studio, T’pau performed an orchestrated version of “China” with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Princess Diana Tribute Concert at Althorp in June 1998. It was broadcast live around the world, and later in a BBC primetime show. All this no mean feat as Carol had been pregnant throughout the recording of the album and gave birth to her first child, Scarlett Olivia, just 3 weeks before the Diana concert!
Business as usual as T’pau quickly joined Status Quo’s European Tour
In 2004 Carol appeared in the West End cast Of ‘Mum’s the Word’ at The Albery Theatre with Patsy Palmer, Imogen Stubbs & Jennie Éclair and Cathy Tyson.Other acting opportunities included Daytime Drama Doctor’s for BBC One, Star with Nicolas Hoult for Children’s BBC . UK films Nine Dead Gay Guys with Steven Berkoff, Fish & Michael Praed. Running Time,the first UK Interactive and BAFTA nomintaed Film
A lively personality, Carol has always been a regular & popular guest on radio and TV including Ken Bruce & Steve Wright , Terry Wogan and Sara Cox for Radio 2, Smooth and Heart Radio. Carol has presented shows for Absolute 80’s, Magic , LBC & BBC Radio Berks. TV appearances include Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Trigger Happy TV, Hit Me Baby One More Time, Just The Two of Us & The Mathew Wright Show,Loose Women, Lorraine.Celeb Mastermind,Winner of All star Mr and Mrs and Pointless! Carol loves a quiz show!
Reunited professionally with Ronnie Rogers, T’pau embarked on the hugely successful #Tpau25live anniversary tour in 2013 .
Carol and Ronnie went back into studio and wrote and recorded Pleasure And Pain ,released in 2015 to 5 star reviews.Followed by a sell out Songs And Stories acoustic tour in 2016 promoting her autobiography Heart and Soul. Carol has featured in several articles in the Irish Press over the last 10 years, discussing important issues including important interviews regarding mental health issues associated with hormone imbalance, and the pressures to look good in this day and age, the promotion of an unnatural barbie doll image being ridiculous. Carol brings her passionate outlook to all her live performances