Rising to fame as a Britain’s Got Talent contestant in 2013, Alice Fredenham wowed audiences with her unique and classic jazz performance of My Funny Valentine during the audition. She walked into the stage with apparent stage fright, but once she started singing, she instantly charmed the crowd with her goddess-like voice.
However, with fame also comes challenges and controversies, which all but further strengthened her appeal to her fans who have supported her career since.
If you are one of the fans who has been caught by Alice Fredenham’s charm, read on as we take a closer look at her life, career, and everything in between.
Alice Fredenham’s Personal Life
Family and Early Years
Alice Fredenham was born in 1985 in Harpenden, United Kingdom. She was raised in a loving household, in a typically British way of life.
At a young age, she already exhibited artistry and creativity. She was aware of her talents and wanted to hone them. She held onto her craft and dreams as she entered St Albans Girls’ School (STAGS) in St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
A good student, Alice didn’t take long to realize that she needed an outlet that will allow her to express and utilize her talent and creativity. So, while in St Albans, she decided to utilize and practice her love for music by joining the school choir.
Jobs and Quitting School
When Alice grew old enough to get a job, she worked as a beauty therapist. At the same time, she also took singing gigs on the side. She performed in gatherings and celebrations, such as weddings and corporate events. Besides earning money, these part-time singing gigs allowed Alice to practice singing and improve her voice even further.
Though singing in events may not come off as unique or extraordinary, Alice’s exceptional charm set her apart from others. Unlike other wedding performers who loved the stage, Alice had to struggle and fight against her stage fright, which, according to her has been her bane ever since. She also differs from other wedding singers in terms of music choice. Alice has always been drawn to classic, evergreen music.
During these years, Alice stopped attending school to focus on building her singing career. Although some may consider the decision unfortunate, it probably wasn’t for Alice. Depending on how one looks at it, quitting school could have been for the better. As Alice once stated, school was taking her to a direction that is opposite of the path she wanted to take, which is music.
With more time to focus on her career, Alice continued to master singing while still working as a beauty therapist.
As of late, it has been reported that Alice still lives with her parents in their £1million family home located in Harpenden, Herts.
Boyfriends and Relationships
Not much is known about Alice Fredenham’s personal and romantic relationships. However, one can perhaps deduce that it is through her love for music that she also found the only man currently known to have been romantically linked to her. This man is Joe Lenzie.
Joseph Aluin “Joe” Lenzie is one part of the British DJ and music production duo, Sigma. He has played a monumental role in Alice’s career development. According to Alice, it was her boyfriend Joe Lenzie who convinced her to give auditioning at Britain’s Got Talent a try.
It is safe to say that Joe was one of the few people who has showered her support while she was still struggling to build her career as a musician. If not for his encouragement, Alice may not have auditioned at BGT and her talent is still a secret to the world until today.
Alice Fredenham’s Career
Although Alice has been singing in events and parties for years, she didn’t have any professional singing and music training. Furthermore, it wasn’t until she decided to join television talent shows that she gained popularity and a strong fanbase.
Talent Shows: Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK
As most people know, Alice Fredenham’s musical career skyrocketed when she joined Britain’s Got Talent Series 7 in 2013, which aired from April 13 to June 8, 2013 on ITV. Then 28-year old Alice, clad in a modest white long-sleeved top and jeans, performed her rendition of My Funny Valentine during the audition.
Her audition became extra memorable as she came up on stage shaking with nerves. In the backstage interview, it was revealed that she was so nervous and afraid to fail, so much so that she did not tell her family about her plans to audition.
Once she began singing, it didn’t take long for her to make the judges and audience fall in love with her shy charm and powerful voice. Simon Cowell even likened her voice to “liquid gold”. Unsurprisingly, she got a “yes” from all of the four judges.
Alice was one of the 45 acts that made it through the two rounds of auditions. She competed in the Semi-Final 2 against eight other acts. Unfortunately, she was eliminated, losing to comedian Jack Carroll and fellow singer Gabz.
About a week or so later after her BGT audition aired, Alice appeared on BBC’s The Voice UK. According to sources, The Voice’s blind auditions were taped two months before BGT’s auditions (BGT auditions were filmed in February 2013, while The Voice auditions were filmed in December 2012).
Unfortunately, her Lady is a Tramp performance wasn’t enough to make any of the judges turn their chairs.
Controversy: Did Alice Fredenham Fake Stage Fright in BGT?
While it’s not unusual for talent show contestants to be seen auditioning in more than one show, Alice Fredenham’s The Voice audition sparked controversies. This is primarily due to her overall look and projected personality in the show.
During her The Voice audition, she was surrounded by her family. She also wore a low-cut tank top and a tight-fitting skirt. Not only that, but she also had an upbeat, bubbly persona — a far cry from the timid and modest Alice everyone saw at BGT.
Because of this, some thought that she might have faked having crippling stage fright when she auditioned at BGT with the intention of gaining more sympathy and attention. Furthermore, some sources also revealed that Alice was actually under management before she joined both talent shows.
A video of her recording My Funny Valentine in a professional studio also surfaced. These led people to think that everything could have been a publicity stunt.
A month later, Alice finally broke her silence regarding the issue. She claimed that the rejection she experienced in The Voice took a toll on her confidence and that it left her heartbroken. She hit a really low point, until she got a call from BGT and her boyfriend Joe Lenzie convinced her to go for it. Britain’s Got Talent seemed like her last hope to achieve her dreams.
Despite not making it through BGT 2013’s semis, Alice has garnered so much popularity and built a strong fanbase. Because of this, Sony Records got interested in producing her first-ever album. Alice got into a demo deal with Sony. Sadly, Sony released her from the demo contract and eventually turned down a full-album deal.
Instead of giving up on her dreams, Alice decided to continue producing the album on her own, with the help of her fans and those who support her. After some soul-searching, she tried to raise money through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The funds raised helped her record her music in a professional studio and allowed her to hire session musicians.
After raising 40 thousand pounds, Alice was able to record and release her first album, Under the Covers. The album included the songs Coconut Grove, Someone to Watch Over Me, Wild Wood, and her BGT audition piece, My Funny Valentine.
Alice Fredenham’s Net Worth
It is not exactly known how much is Alice Fredenham’s current net worth, although some sources estimate it at around $250,000.
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