Helen DeMacque

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Helen "Pepsi" DeMacque
Pepsi and Shirlie at the Liverpool Echo Arena 25 June 2011.jpg
Pepsi DeMacque on the right performing as Pepsi & Shirlie (2011).
Background information
Born (1958-12-10) 10 December 1958 (age 63)
Paddington, London, England
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1981–present
Labels Innervision Records
Epic Records
Columbia Records (US & Canada)
Associated acts Wham!, Pepsi & Shirlie, Mike Oldfield

Helen "Pepsi" DeMacque-Crockett (born 10 December 1958) is a British pop singer, best known as a member of the Pepsi & Shirlie duo in the 1980s.

Early years

Pepsi DeMacque's family came from Canaries on the West Coast of St Lucia, but she was born in London after her parents emigrated to Britain in the 1950s.[1]

Music career

DeMacque became one of two singers/dancers for the group Wham! in 1983. She replaced Dee C. Lee and performed alongside Shirlie Holliman.[2]

When their work with Wham! ended, Holliman and DeMacque formed their own act, named Pepsi & Shirlie. Created immediately after Wham!'s final Wembley concert, the duo had a more upbeat and pop genre sound. The group had two UK Top Ten hits: "Heartache", produced by Phil Fearon and Tambi Fernando, reaching #2 in the UK Singles Chart,[3] and "Goodbye Stranger", produced by Tambi Fernando and Pete Hammond, which reached #9.

Pepsi & Shirlie went on hiatus in 1989, but briefly returned in 2000 to record backing vocals on the UK number one Geri Halliwell hit Bag It Up.[3] The duo also re-united to perform for the 'Here and Now 10th Anniversary tour' which kicked off on 24 June 2011.[4]

In 1998 and 1999, DeMacque collaborated with Mike Oldfield, participating in his tour 'Then & Now' in 1998 and two events, the premiere of Tubular Bells III in London and the concert Art in Heaven/Millennium Bell for the transition to the year 2000 in Tiergarten in Berlin. Pepsi also performed on song from the album The Millennium Bell.[5] In 2011 she sang with Forthright, a group of producers and mixers in London.[2]

Film career

DeMacque has also worked as a film and TV actor, including a portrayal of Josephine Baker.[2] As a stage actor, she appeared in James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot's musical, "Hair," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Michael Bogdanov directing.

Personal life

DeMacque resided in Wellington, New Zealand, for a number of years, working at a gift shop on Lambton Quay. For a while she lived in Norwich, England, with her husband James Crockett before moving to St Lucia, where she and her husband operate a charter sailing business.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Jussail". Retrieved 7 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jury, Louise (22 October 2011). "How we met: Pepsi and Shirlie". The Independent. Retrieved 7 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Interview with Shirlie Holliman". yogworld.com. Retrieved 15 November 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Here and Now: The very best of the 80s". Retrieved 7 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Lemieux, Patrick (2014). The Mike Oldfield Chronology. Across the Board. Retrieved 7 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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