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Alex Parks

Alex Parks
Birth name Alexandra Rebecca Parks
Born (1984-07-26) 26 July 1984
Origin Mount Hawke, Cornwall, England
Genres Folk pop, alternative, indie rock
Years active 2003–2006
Labels Polydor (2003–2006)
Notable instruments
Vocals, Guitar

Alexandra Rebecca Parks (born 26 July 1984) is an English former singer-songwriter. Parks was entered into the BBC Television programme, Fame Academy by her father. It was a show that she went on to win. Soon after winning Fame Academy, she released her first album entitled Introduction, which went double platinum in the United Kingdom and gold in several other European countries. In 2005 she released her second album, Honesty. Parks parted with her label, Polydor, in 2006 by mutual consent.

Contents

  • Biography 1
    • Recording career 1.1
  • Discography 2
    • Albums 2.1
    • Singles 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Biography

Parks was born in 1984, the youngest of four children.[1] She was born and grew up in the village of Mount Hawke, Cornwall and before Fame Academy had a long term girlfriend from Newquay[1] She went to college at The Hub in St Austell and studied theatre studies, dance, acrobatics and clowning.[2] In 2003 when she was 19, her father entered her into BBC television talent competition Fame Academy which she ultimately won.[1]

Recording career

Her song "Maybe That's What It Takes" was released on 17 November 2003 and peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart the following week.[3] Her debut record album Introduction was subsequently released and sold over 500,000 copies.

Honesty was eventually released in October 2005, preceded by the lead single, "Looking For Water", in October 2005. The album peaked at No. 24 in the UK Albums Chart.[3]

Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart positions Sales and certification
UK[3] Ireland
2003 Introduction
  • 1st studio album
  • Released:
    24 November 2003 (UK)
  • Formats: CD
5
54
BPI sales: 600,000+
BPI certification: 2x Platinum
Also went Gold in Italy, Germany, Greece and Australia among others.
2005 Honesty
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released:
    24 October 2005 (UK)
  • Formats: CD
24
 —
BPI sales: 50,000+
" — " denotes albums that were released but did not chart.

Singles

Year Title Album Chart positions
UK[3] Ireland
2003 "Maybe That's What It Takes" Introduction 3 26
2004 "Cry" 13 32
2005 "Looking for Water"1 Honesty  —  —
2006 "Honesty" 56  —

1 On downloads only

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c  
  2. ^ "Alex Parks — Biography",  
  3. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 417.  

External links

Feature Articles
  • Guardian interview, November 2003
  • Scotsman interview, November 2003
Reviews
  • reviewIntroductionShakenstir –
  • reviewIntroductionGuardian Unlimited –
  • reviewIntroductionPlaylouder –
  • reviewHonestyShakenstir –
  • reviewHonestymusicOHM.com –
  • reviewHonestyBBC Pop/Chart Reviews –
  • Shakenstir – Shepherds Bush Empire gig review, February 2006
  • Shakenstir – Special Awards for 2006, December 2006
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