Alexandra Rebecca Parks|
(July 26, 1984 - living) U.K.
Alex Parks was born in Mount Hawke, Cornwall. She started songwriting at the age of fifteen. At college she studied theatrical and performing arts, and at the same time performed regularly as lead singer in a local band, One Trick Pony. During this period she was introduced to indie, folk and rock music, and began playing guitar. The band eventually broke up, but Parks continued to write songs.
On Parks' behalf, her father submitted an impromptu application to the BBC's Fame Academy in 2003. Parks won the contest, and was given the opportunity to showcase her self-penned song Maybe That's What It Takes to a public audience. The song was released on 17 November 2003 and peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart the following week. Her debut album Introduction was subsequently released and sold over 500,000 copies.
After the release of her second single Cry in February 2004, Parks withdrew from the limelight for eighteen months while working on her second album Honesty. The album suffered many setbacks, and delays, with reports that the record label, Polydor, were unhappy with the record and could not hear potential singles. Honesty was eventually released in October 2005, preceded by the lead single, "Looking For Water," in October 2005.
On February 8th 2006, Parks announced that she had parted company with her record label, since both she and Polydor had been unhappy with their relationship. Parks revealed she had received offers from independent labels, but decided to take a sabbatical from the music industry to consider her options. In November 2006, her management team confirmed that Parks remains committed to a career in music.
In late 2006, Parks went to Australia and went travelling across the country for several months, writing updates to her fans telling them of her enjoyment of the experience. In April 2007, she revealed she had returned to the UK and was ready to start work on a new EP of material.
"I came out years ago and everyone's always been fine with it so it's not really a big deal for me but obviously going on the show I knew it was going to be a story," she said.
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