Alex Parks won the second series of "Fame Academy," which was the BBC's short lived answer to ITV's "Pop Idol" and "X Factor" talent hunting music shows. After a rushed first album, her second album "Honesty" produced this single. I am no amateur musicologist but this single can only be described as intelligently written and well performed. I am really impressed with this single. Unfortunately, the fickle public did not take to this single or the album from which it came. Inevitably, Alex Parks became the first victim from a long line of TV talent show winners who were cruelly dropped by their record labels when the income from their "cash cow" talent dried up.
It is heartbreaking to see such talent lost to the whims of the record industry. A quotation from page 513 of the now defunct BBC Ceefax text service from 11 February 2006 sums up my feelings: 'Parks angry as record deal ends - Fame Academy winner Alex Parks has blamed the media for poor sales after leaving her record company, Polydor. Parks, 21, from Mount Hawke near Truro, has released two albums since winning Fame Academy in 2003. Maybe That's What It Takes, her first single, reached number three in the charts, but her last album only made number 24. She said: "I've had almost no support from the media - hardly any coverage on the radio and TV or in the press."'
It seems to be a sad fact of life that to get anywhere in the music business nowadays your songs have to appeal to teenage schoolgirls. Alex Parks' music was too intelligent for the likes of the kids who currently lap up the manufactured pop churned out by cloned bands such as "Little Mix" and "One Direction."
Alex, I hope you are still writing and performing gigs somewhere in Cornwall!