Alex Preston (singer)

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Alex Preston
Birth name Alex Preston Philbrick
Born (1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 (age 24)
United States
Genres Indie folk, folk-pop, folk rock, indie pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2014–present

Alex Preston Philbrick (born May 6, 1993),[1] better known as Alex Preston, is an American singer from Mont Vernon, New Hampshire,[2] 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.

Early life[edit]

Alex Preston was born and raised in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.[1] 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.[3] He also formed a band with friends, Dustin Newhouse, Josh Brackett and Tucker Brown, called Undertow.[1] He graduated from high school in 2011,[4] and studied at the University of New Hampshire.[5]

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.[6] 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.[6] His single "The Light Was Already Here" was released in September 2013.[7]

American Idol[edit]

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" 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
Passenger 3 Safe
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
American Authors 3
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
"Yellow" Coldplay 12
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
  1. ^ Due to the judges using their one save on Sam Woolf, the top 8 remained intact for another week.



  • Alex Preston (2015)
  1. "Break My Heart"
  2. "You"
  3. "Fairytales"
  4. "The Light Was Already Here"
  5. "Close to You"
  6. "200 Miles"
  7. "The Author"
  8. "Get Up, Get Down"
  9. "Love Letters"

Digital singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2013 "The Light Was Already Here" Non-album single
2014 "Story of My Life"
"Don't Speak"
"Every Breath You Take"
"The A Team"
"Say Something"
"Too Close"


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