Fame Adacemy Meets X Factor: Alex Parks And Joe McElderry Are Learning To Write Songs
THE Daily Star’s Mike Ward is serching for Parks. She is:
The talent show winner who’s vanished without trace: a warning to every X Factor wannabe
Ward is a man on a mission:
PROMISE me you won’t laugh, but I’ve developed this weird obsession with BBC Fame Academy 2003 winner Alex Parks.
Ward has “an obsession with finding out what the hell happened to her… most of them you can Google in a matter or seconds to get at least a rough indication of what they’re up to these days, before going: “Oh, righty-ho.…” and getting on with your day. Alex, on the other hand seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth – and, more to the point, seems to have done this intentionally.”
Ward never does find Parks on twitter, Wikipedia or Google. But had he performed a tad of research his obsession could have been sated by news that Parks features on the cunningly named Facebook Page ‘Alex Parks Fans‘. A recent phots shows Parks at the Music Sales Film & TV Songwriters Week in London.
That’s her in the striped top stood beside X Factor winner Joe McElderry.
Alex Parks is learning how to write songs.
Running songwriting weeks (or ‘bootcamps’) is a very integral part of the music publishing industry. They are intensive weeks designed to place people into writing groups they wouldn’t normally work in & to come up with totally original music.
This year saw Music Sales run their 3rd songwriting week and it was bigger than ever as we decided to use our varied networks in the industry to get more songwriters & artists from other publishers & labels, as well as our own writers.
The final line up for the week was as so:
Helen Boulding (Music Sales)
Marcy Levy (Music Sales)
Gavin Clark (Music Sales)
Shridhar Solanki (Music Sales)
Tim Elsenberg (Music Sales)
Ludovico Einaudi (Music Sales)
Joel Cadbury (Music Sales)
Hauschker (Music Sales)
DJ Scanner (BUG)
Belle Humble (BMG)
Cass Lowe (Sony ATV)
Juanita Stein (Cooking Vinyl)
Sam Duckworth (Cooking Vinyl)
John McClure (Cooking Vinyl)
Simon Wilcox (Peer Music Group)
Matthew Swinnerton (Faber)
Martin Rossiter (Bucks Music)
Joe McElderry (Unpublished)
Lexi Parks (Unpublished)
Louise Hull (Unpublished)
Ed Cousins (Cooking Vinyl)
Ted Barnes (Unpublished)
In 2013, Alex Parks wrote to her fans:
hey hey, lexi here, making it official, yep you know me as alex from the show but my friends & family have known me as lexi for a long while now & I feel it’s more representational of who I am today, so yeah it’s an official change for that simple reason.
alot has been going on these last 10 years eh, I’m sure much has changed for us all but one thing I’m sure is the same, & that is we are still very much in love with music & all that it brings…
as you know I’m not the best at being in the spotlight or putting myself forward so i apologise for the lack of communication & info but I had to take myself away from the spotlight, it was all so intense & quick & I swam as fast & as well as I could but of course I got tired & I’ll be honest, it left me a bit broken…
but as Groucho Marx said. “Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.”
as some of you know I went back to movement training for a while, this was my first found passion, I went there to reignite my creativity & it worked. since then I haven’t stopped creating.
10 years on, I’m happy to tell you that I am still writing music, in the last year I have been developing somewhat towards a body of work…
I won’t make any confirmations re dates or much info yet, I daren’t as you have all been so loyal & supportive to me over the last decade (jeeeeez!!) but i will say I hope to be gigging by the end of the year, & have began prep for such joys!
so happy ten years to you loyal, crazy, passionate & giving fans! I can’t wait to see you at some gigs very soon
much love, lexi xx
We know one’obessive” who will glad of the news…