Shelley Preston (born 14 May 1964) is a singer who is most famous for being a member of the pop group Bucks Fizz, when she replaced Jay Aston in June 1985. Her biggest hit as a member of the band was the 1986 track "New Beginning", which reached the UK top ten. She left the group in 1990. From 2004 to 2009, she was a member of the group The Original Bucks Fizz, along with former Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan.
|Birth name||Caroline Shelley Preston|
|Also known as||Shelley Preston|
|Born||14 May 1964|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, model|
|Associated acts||The Brian May Band, Bucks Fizz, The Original Bucks Fizz, The Best|
Preston was born in Hillingdon, England. 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.
By the time Preston had joined the group, Bucks Fizz's last few singles had not charted so well. However, due to the huge amount of publicity and media frenzy surrounding the 'new girl' Bucks Fizz were back in the charts and selling out tours. "New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)" reached number 8 in the UK Charts in the Summer of 1986. The single preceded the album Writing on the Wall, released later that year. This included an early version of "Love in a World Gone Mad", which was later re-recorded featuring Preston's solo vocals. Its intended single release in 1987 was cancelled however. This version finally appeared on the re-issued Writing on the Wall album in 2004.
After leaving Bucks Fizz in 1991, Preston 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, Donny Osmond, Blue, Westlife, Alison Moyet, Tom Jones, David Hasselhoff, Errol Brown, Patrick Bourke and Belinda Carlisle (she still occasionally performs with Carlisle). During the 1990s she worked as a model, appearing in a number of commercials. She was also the voice of Radio One as featured vocalist on their idents for two years.
In 2001 she was invited to join the "chillout lounge" band Cloudfish, with Spandau Ballet saxophonist, Steve Norman. Together they wrote and produced their own material and released an EP in July 2006. They performed to a sell-out audience at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho, London, and have played at Pacha in Ibiza.
In 2004, Preston reunited with Bucks Fizz bandmates Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Bobby G for the Christmas Here & Now arena tour. Following this, Baker, Nolan and Preston decided to continue as The Original Bucks Fizz. As a three-piece they performed at various festivals, nightclubs, and toured theatres up and down the UK. 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.
Shelley's relationship with Steve Norman ended after over 13 years together. They divorced in 2015. Shelley continues with Cloudfish by performing the songs at her gigs.
Shelley's first solo concert since leaving The Original Bucks Fizz was on 2 November 2013 at The Colour House Theatre, London.
Shelley has a son, Benjamin Preston-Beers, with Garry Gary Beers (Inxs bassist), after a short relationship in the late 1990s. Ben is now at the University of Kent.
With Bucks Fizz:
- September 1985 "Magical"
- June 1986 "New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)"
- August 1986 "Love the One You're With"
- November 1986 "Keep Each Other Warm"
- October 1988 "Heart of Stone"
- May 1989 "You Love Love"
- November 1986 Writing on the Wall
- November 1988 The Story So Far
- July 2005 The Ultimate Anthology
- August 2006 The Lost Masters
- May 2008 The Lost Masters 2: The Final Cut
- "Selley Preston - Official - About". Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
By the time she left the group [Bucks Fizz] in 1990, she had toured the world.
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- "The Original BUCKS FIZZ". Archived from the original on 2 December 2008.