<p>Marc Almond (born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond on 9 July 1957) is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who originally found fame as half of the seminal synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell. Including his time with Soft Cell, he has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
Almond was born on 9 July 1957 in the coastal town of Southport (which was at that time part of Lancashire, but is now part of Merseyside) in the North West of England. He is the son of Sandra Mary Almond née Dieson and Peter John Sinclair Almond, Second Lieutenant in the King's Liverpool Regiment. He was brought up 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 grandparent's house and moved to Starbeck on the edge of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Two years later they returned to Southport, and then moved to Horsforth (near Leeds).
At age 11 he attended Airborough Grammar School outside Leeds. By this time his father had become an alcoholic, and Almond found solace in music, listening to British radio pioneer John Peel. The first album he purchased was the soundtrack of the stage musical Hair and the first</p>