Thomas "Tom" Anthony Parker ,born on 4 August 1988 (age 25) grew up in Bolton.Parker learnt to play the guitar at the age of sixteen after he tried playing his older brother's. Then he went for an auditioning at The X Factor ,but didn't make it to the second round.He went to the Manchester Metropolitan University and studied Geography.He later dropped out in order to pursue his singing career. He joined a Take That tribute band known as Take That - II .He toured northern England with the band before he joined The Wanted in 2009.