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Stedman Pearson (born Stedman Pearson Jr., 29 June 1964 in Romford, Essex, England) is an English singer, and former member of the pop group, Five Star.

Life and Career

Stedman Pearson is the eldest of the five Pearson siblings, and has a background in dance and fashion. He left college to join his sisters and younger brother in Five Star in 1983. His main role in the group, as well as backing singer, was designing their glittering stage costumes for TV appearances and concerts, which became a trademark as they broke into the mainstream music industry in 1985.

He holds only one credit as lead vocalist in Five Star. "Feelings", from their eponymous 1990 album was written and produced by him. He co-wrote and co-produced b-sides for their single releases, including "Stone Court" (an instrumental named after their Berkshire mansion) and "Pure Energy", the flipside of one of their biggest hits, "System Addict".

After the group shrunk to a trio on 2001, Pearson joined his sisters, Denise and Lorraine in performing as Five Star at live gigs until 2006. [1]

In September 2006, Pearson appeared on TV in the UK on the Channel 5 programme The All Star Talent Show, showcasing his recently resurrected ballet skills before a live studio and home audience. His sister, Denise Pearson, appeared on the show in the audience - and it was pointed out by presenter Andi Peters that it was the first time the two had appeared together on TV for eleven years. Viewers voted him in third place.

Pearson was also one of the contestants on the BBC programm Celebrity Scissorhands in 2008, where he cut and styled hair in aid of Children in Need.

In 1990, Pearson was arrested for public indecency following an incident at a public toilet in New Malden in south west London.[2] He later pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £100. [3] In an interview in 2008, Pearson's sister Denise (lead singer with Five Star) commented "...Stedman was arrested in a toilet, long before George Michael was - I remember him coming into my room and crying, "I didn't do what they said I did." [4]

In July 2007, it was reported that police had been called to his home after he claimed to have received death threats from his father and former manager, Buster Pearson. [5] [6]

References.

  1. ^ "Five Star Biography". New Musical Express. http://www.nme.com/artists/five-star#biography.  
  2. ^ Virgin Media - "80s Stars: Where Are They Now" article on Five Star
  3. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Crampton, Luke (1991). Rock movers & shakers. University of Michigan. ISBN 9780874366617.  
  4. ^ Simpson, Dave (26 June 2008). "Let's Go Round Again". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/jun/26/popandrock.culture. Retrieved 10 December 2009.  
  5. ^ Pool, Hannah (7 Nov 2008). "Me and My Hero". The Guardian' (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/nov/07/celebrity-childhood-heroes. Retrieved 1 October 2009.  
  6. ^ Cummings, Fiona (30 July 2007). "Dad's "kill threat" to 80's star". The Mirror (London). http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2007/07/30/dad-s-kill-threat-to-80s-star-115875-19540673/. Retrieved 1 October 2009.  

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