Peter Mark Sinclair “Marc” Almond, OBE is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Almond first began performing and recording in the synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell. He has also had a diverse career as a solo artist. His collaborations include a duet with Gene Pitney on the 1989 UK number one single “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart”.Almond has sold over 30 million records worldwide.He spent a month in a coma after a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2004 and later became a patron of the brain trauma charity Headway.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to arts and culture.
Almond was born in Southport, Lancashire,the son of Sandra Mary Diesen and Peter John Sinclair Almond, a Second Lieutenant in the King’s Liverpool Regiment. He was brought up nearby at his grandparents’ house in Birkdale with his younger sister, Julia, and as a child suffered from bronchitis and asthma. When he was four, they left their grandparents’ house and moved to Starbeck, North Yorkshire. Two years later they returned to Southport, and then moved to Horsforth, West Yorkshire.