A1 Bio - Biography

Name A1
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A1 are an English-Norwegian pop group. They were originally made up of Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read, and Ben Adams. Paul Marazzi, the oldest member took a break from the band in 2002. Their first single, "Be the First to Believe", entered the UK singles chart at #6 in mid-1999. They achieved success in the UK and other parts of the world in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

In the UK charts, they scored two No.1s and eight top 10 hits. Adding to this, they also won a BRIT Award for "British Breakthrough Act" in 2001. They were managed by band manager Tim Byrne, who also formed Steps. A1 came to an end in 2002 when member Marazzi took a break and the band subsequently decided to split. In December 2009, Ingebrigtsen, Read and Adams reformed A1, without Marazzi, for a series of concerts at the Christiania Theatre in Oslo. Since their comeback, they have released a number of new singles as well as their fourth studio album, Waiting for Daylight, in 2010. The band have sold 3 million records worldwide. In 2005, Adams went on to release his first solo single, "Sorry", which peaked at #18 on the UK Singles Chart. Adams was also due to record an album but parted with his record label. In 2009, he appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother, becoming one of the remaining five housemates. He attracted much attention later that same year when he posed naked for the cover of Attitude. In 2003, Ingebrigtsen also began a solo career, with his first solo single, "In Love With an Angel", being released in 2004. The single stayed in the Top 10 of the Norway Singles Chart for nearly three months. The song was swiftly followed by "Things Are Gonna Change", which became Ingebrigsten's final solo single before he moved into other areas of show-business. In 2002, Read focused on becoming a songwriter for other artists, after signing a deal with Metrophonic. Read has written for artists such as Charlotte Church, Joe Brown, Sam Brown, Mark Owen, Jarvis Cocker and Roger Cook. Read released his debut solo single, "Greatest Lady in My Life", on 2 March 2009.

His debut solo album, Peace at Last was released in June 2009. Months after he left the band, Marazzi hosted the Andy Cole Children's Foundation (now All Star Kids) on 26 April 2003 together with Jo Good. He turned down the offer to appear in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2004. In late 2005 he formed a soul/rock band in Sunderland, Northeast England called Snagsby. He left the band in early 2009. Marazzi then went to work in The George Hotel in Whitby as a club DJ.