Marc Almond, born as Peter Mark Sinclair Almond, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He first began performing and recording in the synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell. Following his parent's divorce, Marc was accepted into a general art design course at Southport College, where he studied performance art. During the time at Art College, he did a series of performance theater pieces: the Andy Warhol inspired piece "Zazou", "Glamour in Squalor" and "Twilights and Lowlifes". Marc's love for Siouxsie and the Banshees influenced him to leave college with a 2.1 honors degree and he formed Soft Cell in 1979. The band skyrocketed to fame in the early 1980s with their hit "Tainted Love".
Marc Almond has stated that he dislikes being referred as 'gay' artist as it would marginalize his work. The major solo albums of Marc include Stories of Johnny (1985), Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters (1987), The Stars We Are (1988), Jacques (1989), Enchanted (1990), Tenement Symphony (1991), Absinthe (1993), Fantastic Star (1996), Open All Night (1999), Stranger Things (2001), Heart on Snow (2003), Stardom Road (2007), Orpheus in Exile (2009) and, Feasting with Panthers (2011). He has been with the same partner for more than 20 years but has not disclosed anything about the partner.