|Birth name||Alexandra Rebecca Parks|
|Born||26 July 1984|
|Origin||Mount Hawke, Cornwall, England|
|Genres||Folk pop, alternative, indie rock|
Alexandra Rebecca Parks (born 26 July 1984) is an English 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.
Parks was born in 1984, the youngest of four children. She was born and grew up in the village of Mount Hawke, Cornwall and before Fame Academy had a long term girlfriend from Newquay. She went to college at The Hub in St Austell and studied theatre studies, dance, acrobatics, and clowning. In 2003 when she was 19, her father entered her into BBC television talent competition Fame Academy which she ultimately won. Parks is gay.
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. Her debut record album Introduction was subsequently released and sold over 500,000 copies. She expressed an interest in a recording career.
Parks appears to have been subsequently inactive in music or social media from that date.
|Year||Album||Chart positions||Sales and certification|
||BPI sales: 600,000+|
BPI certification: 2x Platinum
Also went Gold in Italy, Germany, Greece and Australia among others.
||BPI sales: 50,000+|
|" — " denotes albums that were released but did not chart.|
|2003||"Maybe That's What It Takes"||Introduction||3||26|
|2005||"Looking for Water"1||Honesty||—||—|
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- List of singer-songwriters
- List of people from Cornwall
- List of gay, lesbian or bisexual people: P-Q
- List of Polydor Records artists
- List of performers on Top of the Pops
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- "Alex Parks — Biography", BBC, November 2003, retrieved 27 January 2010
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 417. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Alex's life after Fame Academy". News.bbc.co.uk. 1 January 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Trewhela, Lee (8 December 2017). "What happened to Alex Parks and other reality TV stars from Cornwall?". Cornwalllive.com. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Feature Articles
- Shakenstir – Introduction review
- Guardian Unlimited – Introduction review
- Playlouder – Introduction review
- Shakenstir – Honesty review
- musicOHM.com – Honesty review
- BBC Pop/Chart Reviews – Honesty review
- Shakenstir – Shepherds Bush Empire gig review, February 2006
- Shakenstir – Special Awards for 2006, December 2006