Alexandra Rebecca Parks (born 26 July 1984, in Mount Hawke, Cornwall) is a British singer and songwriter. She is best known for winning Fame Academy in 2003, her subsequent singles, and the albums Introduction and Honesty.
Parks started songwriting at the age of fifteen. At college she studied theatrical and performing arts, and at the same time performed regularly as lead singer in a local band, One Trick Pony. During this period she was introduced to indie, folk and rock music, and began songwriting and playing guitar. The band eventually broke up, but Parks continued to write songs.
On Parks' behalf, her father submitted an impromptu application to the BBC's Fame Academy. Parks won the contest, and was given the opportunity to showcase her self-penned song "Maybe That's What It Takes" to a public audience. The song was released on 17 November 2003 and peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart the following week. Her debut album Introduction was subsequently released and sold over 500,000 copies.
After the release of her second single "Cry" in February 2004, Parks withdrew from the limeligh...
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