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Alex Parks

Winner of the BBC talent contest Fame Academy in 2003, Alex Parks was hailed as one of reality TV's most interesting and original performers. Born in 1984 in Mount Hawke, Cornwall, Parks started songwriting at the age of 13. While studying theatrical and performing arts at college, she learned to play the guitar and performed in local band One Trick Pony, where she was introduced to the music of Ani DiFranco and Joni Mitchell. Parks initially planned to move to Amsterdam to learn the art of clowning, but her career path changed dramatically when her father submitted an application for the second season of Fame Academy. Among 12,000 hopefuls, she became the youngest contestant chosen to appear on the show, which combined Big Brother-style fly-on-the-wall footage with live studio performances from undiscovered artists. While on the show, she earned rave reviews from the judges for her husky-voiced, emotional renditions of songs by the likes of Christina Aguilera, John Lennon, and Coldplay, and soon built up a loyal fan base. After performing the co-written "Maybe That's What It Takes" in the finals, she beat fellow contestant Alistair Griffin to win a record contract with Polydor and keys to a flat in Notting Hill.

Recorded in a matter of weeks, her debut album, Introduction, featuring several of the cover versions she performed on the show as well as new material, was released in December, where it charted at number five and went on to sell over half a million copies. After a second single, "Cry," Parks spent the next year working on her follow-up with the likes of Peter-John Vetesse and Judie Tzuke. The album's eventual release was delayed amidst reports that Polydor was unhappy with the lack of potential singles. (It was later revealed that Parks had turned down "Shiver," which went on to be a huge hit for Natalie Imbruglia.) Despite criticism from fans, lead single "Looking for Water" was released as a download-only single at the end of 2005, and weeks later the album Honesty charted at a disappointing number 24. After the title track second single failed to reach the Top 40, Parks announced she has parted company with her record label. Deciding to take a hiatus from the music industry, she spent the next year traveling around Australia, but in 2007 she revealed that she would be starting work on her third album. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi
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She looks like a Levi cosplayer :D
@betito592 That's mean. Maybe you should flip burgers, a**hole.
Compositions and arrangements are weak and unimpressive . Vocally bland and force to exuded any emotion. Maybe she should flip burgers, who knows it might be her calling. Music isn't.
Is a mad,, mad,, world,,,, yup!,,,, but god is allways with me,,,,, wepa,,
Never cared for Cold Play's version of Yellow...unt i l I heard Alex Park sing it. Now, it's my all time favorite song. Wish she would make another record.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at lest 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
nathan.brann a n 5 6 3
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at lest 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Cool llllllllllll l l l l l l l l l l !
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at lest 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cus it actually works!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 other songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
what the hell with the short hair
I really like her voice
If you guys like music like this, follow me and I'll follow back. :D
:)love her
very close to my existence
sammymarkley
don;t read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come out the screen in big letters. this is so scary because it actually works
gary jules<3
this song sounds emo...
don;t read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come out the screen in big letters. this is so scary because it actually works
Love your talents, Alex. And I wish I could tell you what I think about clowns and Amsterdam.
EGAD I hate when people try to change Roland's masterpiece
Alex Parks does the best cover of Mad World.
Brad, that's a ridiculous statement. Only cheapskates expect to get everything for free.
LOL jeepers didn't know people still went out to buy music anymore, all music should be free, artists should only make money from performing.. . t h e smart ones give away their albums for free...
The original is tears for fears
For those who think Gary Jules is the original version...it ' s not.. His is also a cover.
It's a cover of an original song written and preformed by Tears For Fears in their '86 album release. Their version is much faster paced and it really needed to be slowed down and sung with feeling like Alex sings it. Gary Jules recorded a cover of that song first but her version charted higher then his did. They both slowed down the original song dramatically . *I don't care for Adam Lambert, but his version is well received as well.
Best voice BEautiful voice!!! but is this a cover or is this the real version?
Gary Jules > Alex Parks on the Mad World cover.
She's got such a beautiful voice
Is this is cover
Dang girl you are good...i agree with weezels srry dude ur not that good when it comes to mad world.
She did an eh job on yellow...to much rovata
Love her sound, never heard her before, I'm going to go out and buy her CD tomorrow!
Mad world
She's good but i like the original the best.
i agree with weezels. what about the original version? tears for fears did it best. i do like this version too.
Do not enjoy this one nearly as much as the Gary Jules version. THE ADAM LAMBERT VERSION IS NOT GOOD AT ALL, IN MY OPINION.
:) she's my idol
what a voice...
Adam this, Adam that... What about, like, Tears for Fears, the original?? I for one like this girl's version.
love her voice
Beautiful voice :)
never heard of her, but she's got lovely voice
she isnt tht great i think Adam Lambert sings mad world a lot better than her sorry my opinon
525433228
mad world. I like this version. Yes, what happened to her? Like we don't want to hear her sing anymore?
brilliant
Love her version of Mad World the best. She's beautiful- Really inspiring.
tewarinerai
noticed it said Mad World by Alex Parks when it should be covered by. She did a good job on it though, and like a good cover, added a bit of herself to it:).
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