a1 is a British boy band whose first single, "Be the First to Believe", was released in 1999. Its members were Britons Mark Read, Paul Marazzi, Ben Adams and Norwegian Christian Ingebrigtsen. A1 also won a BRIT Award for "British Breakthrough Act" in 2001. They were formed by band manager Tim Byrne, who also formed Steps.
In 2001 the band toured Asia, where they were well-received. The music video for their single "No More" was filmed in Singapore. During the Indonesian leg of their tour in the Taman Anggrek Mall, four teenage girls were killed in a stampede.
Their third album, Make It Good, featured a sound closer to traditional rock music, but was to be their last studio project. "Like a Rose" is a song by a1 which was released as the fourth and final single off their album Here We Come in February 2000. It reached number 6 on the UK charts.
Ben Adams wrote it when he was only 16 and the song is comparing the love one shares with someone with the growth of a rose.
On the single there was a bonus track of Ben performing a Tracy Chapman song.a1 is a British boy band whose first single, "Be the First to Believe", was.