Thomas Anthony Parker, a member of the British boy band The Wanted, died on 30th March Wednesday at the young age of 33. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in October 2020 and he even updated his fans about his worsening health soon after being diagnosed with a tumor.
Tom Parker’s Musical Journey
All know how popular Tom Parker was but only a few people know that he faced a bruising rejection at the start of his career. Tom Parker participated in the ITV talent show The X Factor when he was just 16 years old. But he was thrown out of the show and the rejection had a deep impact on Tom Parker.
“I didn’t sing for two years”, said Tom Parker while recalling his rejection. He said that the rejection shattered him. He was thrown out even before reaching the first round of the competition.
The turning point in his life came in 2009 when he formed The Wanted. Their debut album came the following year and it received a huge response from the audience. And then came the biggest recognition in the 2010 BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards in London where they gave a live performance.
The song Glad You Came became number one in the UK and it also featured at number three on the US Billboard chart.
Highlights Of Tom Parker’s Musical Journey
At the Fusion Festival 2014, Parker leaped off the stage to sing between his fans. Such was his passion for live performance.
The teenage fans of the band were so crazy about the recordings that always came in large numbers to support the band.
In 2012, Parker celebrated his colleague McGuinness’s 22nd birthday at a London club. McGuinness said on Instagram, after knowing about Parker’s illness, that Parker had always been one in a million.
In 2018, Parker performed live with former rugby union player Ugo Monye at ITV’s The Real Full Monty: Live. He was raising awareness about cancer.
Parker married Kelsey Hardwick in 2018 and became the father of a daughter the following year. Kelsey was expecting her second child when Parker was diagnosed with a tumor.