Alex Parks


In 2003, Alex Parks asked “Maybe That’s What It Takes”. So what happened?

Aged 19, Alexandra Parks (born 1984) was entered into the second series of Fame Academy by her father in 2003. Scottish singer David Sneddon had won the first series a year earlier and now the hunt was on for a successor. Alex went on to win the show and released her debut single, Maybe That’s What It Takes”, in November. The song peaked at No.3 in the UK and sold over 500,000 copies.

Alex released her debut album, “Introduction”, very soon after. This charted top five in the UK and has been certified double Platinum for sales of more than 600,000 copies in the UK. The album included one further top twenty single, “Cry”, in early 2004. She took her time over her next project, which saw the release of the single “Looking For Water” in 2005, followed by her second album titled “Honesty” that October. The album was something of a flop, only making No.24, while the title track just managed No.56 on the singles chart, which to date, are her last commercial releases.

And that seems to be it for Alex. WHERE ARE YOU? Alex ‘informed’ her fans in 2013 that she wishes to be called “Lexi” and that she was recording new material. This has yet to surface. She took to Twitter in 2015, but her last post there was in January 2017. Perhaps we really have heard the last from this once promising artist. Unless you (Alex) know better…!

This is the last known photo of Alex, dated sometime around 2015.

Alex Parks

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!