Ben Adams

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Ben Adams
Ben Adams 2010.jpg
Adams performing in Norway, 2010
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Edward Steven Adams
Also known as Soul a1
Born (1981-11-22) 22 November 1981 (age 32)
Origin Ascot, Berkshire, England
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, Piano
Associated acts A1
Website Official website

Ben Adams (born Benjamin Edward Steven Adams, 22 November 1981, Ascot, Berkshire, England) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as a member of the boy band, a1. Adams is currently living in London with his Norwegian girlfriend Sara Skjoldnes.

Early life[edit]

Adams attended Westminster Under School, where he became head chorister of the school choir, . He later attended Bedales School, leaving aged 16 after completing his GCSEs to join Charterhouse School.[1]

Career[edit]

A1[edit]

Adams was a member of four-piece boyband A1, who won a BRIT Award in 2001 for Best Newcomer and had two number one singles, "Take On Me" (the chart-topping song that was originally made famous by and written by the Norwegian band "a-ha") and "Same Old Brand New You", before separating.[2] Whilst in the boyband, Adams also scooped a Smash Hits Poll Winners Party Award for Most Fanciable Male in 2001.

It was announced in 2009 that A1 were to reform to compete to represent Norway in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.[3]

Solo career[edit]

After a couple of years writing, Adams made a comeback with a new solo recording contract. His first solo single, "Sorry", reached No. 18 on the UK Singles Chart in June 2005.[4] As well as writing for himself, Adams began writing and producing for other artists. He co-wrote the Lisa Scott-Lee single "Electric" with Guy Chambers, as well as a song called "Get Off My Girl" with Har Mar Superstar.

Adams has his own recording studio situated in Battersea Park called Parkbench Studios.[5] He is currently the creative director behind the bands Kissing Freddie,[6] and What Jane Did Next (which Adams is a part of). When he entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2009, it was revealed that Adams had worked on songs for X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke.

Celebrity Big Brother (2009)[edit]

Adams was a participant on the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother 2009, and reached the finale finishing in fifth place after the public vote.

Pantomime[edit]

Adams performed as 'Prince Charming' in Milton Keynes' 2009/2010 pantomime production of Cinderella.

"Skal Vi Danse"[edit]

In 2012 Adams attended "Skal Vi Danse", the Norwegian version of "Strictly Come Dancing"/"Dancing With the Stars" on TV2 Norway. His dance partner was Tone Jacobsen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.listal.com/ben-adams_iii
  2. ^ "Ben Adams - About". Ben Adams Official. Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Disse stiller med låter i Melodi Grand Prix". VG (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 14. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "Parkbench Studios". Park Bench Studios. Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Kissing Freddie". MySpace. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 

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