By way of a huge countrywide audition, he became an associate of the five-member group the Desired, who went to score two No. 1 singles in the United Kingdom.
As a kid, he started playing around with his older brother’s guitar, finally educating himself to play at age 16. He discovered that his thick, husky voice was exceptional as he used it to sound out notes while playing. He went to attend Manchester Metropolitan University to study geography, but dropped out to pursue his vision of a music career. Parker was excited when he was taken for the British success contest program The X Factor following a grueling audition, however he failed to make it past the initial round.
Shortly after leaving the show, Tom Parker joined a tribute band performing songs of the most popular U.K. group Take That. It was during this time in 2009 that Parker heard about a huge, national audition to form a fresh singing group. After several phases of a nine-month contest, with more than 1,000 contestants from across England and Ireland, Parker was selected as a member of the five-member new group, the Desired.
The Desired, including English and Irish members, made an immediate effect on the music business. Their debut single, “All Time Low,” reach the No. 1 position on the U.K. singles graph. The group’s self titled debut record, The Desired, was also a success, reaching No. 4 in the United Kingdom and creating three U.K. Top 20 singles.
The reality that Parker loves composing music and playing his guitar really helps to give credibility to the group, which some dismiss as just another boy band (e.g., Hanson, ‘N Sync or the Backstreet Boys). Now it is like my companion, wherever I ‘m I pick it up and begin playing.”
Each group member has his own style, which keeps their growing female fan base interested and engaged. Along with his musical skills, Parker’s vocal style has piqued the interest of lots of devotees.
Parker is among the few members of the Needed having a steady girlfriend, as he’s dated dancing teacher Kelsey Hardwick for nearly three years. He names Indian and Italian as two of his favourite cuisines.