Alex Preston (singer)
|Birth name||Alexander Preston Philbrick|
May 6, 1993 |
|Genres||Indie folk, folk-pop, folk rock, indie pop|
Alexander Preston Philbrick (born May 6, 1993), better known as Alex Preston, is an American singer from Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, who was a finalist on the thirteenth season of American Idol, coming in third place. On July 21, 2015, he released his debut self-titled album.
Alex Preston was born and raised in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. He wrote his first song called "Fish Food" when he was 12. He attended Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire where he played the guitar in a jazz band, and in the percussion section in concert and a marching band. He also formed a band with friends, Dustin Newhouse, Josh Brackett and Tucker Brown, called Undertow. He graduated from high school in 2011, and studied at the University of New Hampshire.
Preston has written songs with his cousin Jo Dee Messina, the rock band Framing Hanley, and Aria Summer. His song was used in the CD "Voices for Heroes," a benefit for Sandy Hook. He won the "Open For MixFest" competition organized by a radio station to open for acts such as Backstreet Boys, Gavin DeGraw and Of Monsters and Men. His single "The Light Was Already Here" was released in September 2013.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"Fairytales" (original composition)||Alex Preston||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||A Capella||"Scream & Shout"||will.i.am feat. Britney Spears||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||Not aired||Not aired||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Solo||"Fairytales" (original composition)||Alex Preston||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 31 (10 Men)||Personal Choice||"Volcano"||Damien Rice||7||Advanced|
|Top 13||This Is Me||"A Beautiful Mess"||Jason Mraz||9||Safe|
|Top 12||Home||"I Don't Want to Be"||Gavin DeGraw||2||Safe|
|Top 11||Songs from the Movies||"Falling Slowly"||Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová||9||Safe|
|Top 10||Billboard Top 10||"Story of My Life"||One Direction||4||Safe|
|Top 9||I'm with the Band!||"Don't Speak"||No Doubt||1||Safe|
|Top 8||Back to the Start||Duet "Just Give Me a Reason"
with Jena Irene
|Pink feat. Nate Ruess||2||Safe|
|Solo "Fairytales" (original composition)||Alex Preston||12|
|Top 8[a]||Songs from the 1980s||Duet "The Girl Is Mine"
with Sam Woolf
|Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney||3||Safe|
|Solo "Every Breath You Take"||The Police||9|
|Top 7||Competitors' Choice||Duet "Let Her Go"
with Sam Woolf
|Solo "The A Team"||Ed Sheeran||7|
|Top 6||Rock 'n' Roll||"Animal"||Neon Trees||4||Safe|
|Country||"Always on My Mind"||Brenda Lee||9|
|Top 5||America's Requests||Solo "Sweater Weather"||The Neighbourhood||1||Safe|
|Trio "Best Day of My Life"
with Jena Irene & Sam Woolf
|Solo "Say Something"||A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera||8|
|Top 4||Love Songs||"Too Close"||Alex Clare||3||Safe|
|"I'm Yours"||Jason Mraz||8|
|Top 3||Randy Jackson's Choice||"Pompeii"||Bastille||2||Eliminated|
|Judges' Choice||"Stay"||Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko||5|
|Hometown's Choice||"Story of My Life"||One Direction||8|
- Due to the judges using their one save on Sam Woolf, the top 8 remained intact for another week.
- Alex Preston (2015)
- "Break My Heart"
- "The Light Was Already Here"
- "Close to You"
- "200 Miles"
- "The Author"
- "Get Up, Get Down"
- "Love Letters"
|2013||"The Light Was Already Here"||Non-album single|
|2014||"Story of My Life"|
|"Every Breath You Take"|
|"The A Team"|
- Fred Bronson (March 20, 2014). "American Idol' Season 13: Alex Preston Gets Feedback From His Country-Star Cousin". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Who Is Alex Preston? American Idol 2014 Contestant Background Info". WetPaint.
- "'American Idol' finalist Alex Philbrick, aka Alex Preston, tuned up before contest at Nashua's North Main Music By Don Himsel". The Telegraph. March 4, 2014.
- Kimberly Houghton (February 13, 2014). "NH man moves up ranks in 'American Idol' competition". NewHampshire.com.
- Kimberly Houghton (March 14, 2014). "Alex Preston makes top 10; will tour with 'American Idol'". NewHampshire.com.
- Lily O’Gara. "Singing in the spotlight: Former UNH student has big plans". The New Hampshire.
- "The Light Was Already Here: Alex Preston".