Adam Lambert bio

Adam Lambert biography

Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is a famous American singer and songwriter.

The current stand-in front man of Queen, Adam is a solo artist and talent show judge, coming full circle.

Since 2009, he has sold over 3 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide. Lambert is known for his dynamic vocal performances that fuse his theatrical training with modern and classic genres.

Adam Lambert facts: Queen singer’s age, partner, career and American Idol past revealed

Adam Lambert is one of the most successful stars to have come from US reality TV.

Since appearing on American Idol, he has fronted Queen and became a massively popular singer around the world. He also had a cameo in Bohemian Rhapsody, as a truck driver whom Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) has his first gay experience.

Here are all the important facts every fan should know about the talented artist:

Who is Adam Lambert?

Adam Lambert was born on January 29, 1982. He celebrated his 40th birthday in 2022.

He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to his mother Leila, a dental hygienist, and father Eber Lambert, a program manager for Novatel Wireless.

His father is of partial Norwegian descent, and his mother is Jewish, with roots in Romania. He was raised in his mother’s religion. He also has a younger brother called Neil.

While in high school, he continued to perform locally, appearing in productions of Hello, Dolly!, Camelot, The Music Man, Grease, and more. Following graduation, he spent roughly a month at California State University, Fullerton, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his career. Subsequently, he worked on a cruise ship, acted in light opera, and appeared in various productions. In 2004, he got his break appearing alongside Val Kilmer in the role of Joshua in The Ten Commandments: The Musical at the Kodak Theatre. From there, he toured nationally from 2005 to 2008 as a cast member and understudy in a production of Wicked. Away from theater, he also sang in a rock band and worked as a session and demo vocalist.

In 2009, Lambert successfully auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in San Francisco, singing “Rock with You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” While on the show, his flair for neo-goth clothing and eclectic arrangements made him a critical favorite, as did his dramatic tenor vocals. Following performances of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Tears for Fears’ “Mad World,” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Lambert found himself pitted against Kris Allen in the grand finale, which he ultimately lost by a slim margin. Lambert was unanimously praised by the American Idol judges, however, who all but guaranteed him a successful recording career following the show’s conclusion.

Although Lambert didn’t win the Idol competition, he received far more attention than his castmates during the following months, during which he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in June (“I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” he stated in the accompanying article, thus putting an end to the public’s speculation) and elicited standing ovations during the summer-long American Idol tour. He also signed with RCA and began recording his debut album, working alongside producer Rob Cavallo while soliciting material from the likes of Lady Gaga, Linda Perry, Justin Hawkins, and RedOne.

One month before For Your Entertainment’s release, Lambert unveiled his first single, a track from the 2012 soundtrack titled “Time for Miracles.” His debut album followed in late November (arriving one week after the release of Kris Allen’s own debut) and sold close to 200,000 copies during its first week, outdoing new releases by Rihanna and Lady Gaga in the process. Meanwhile, a risqué performance at the American Music Awards — during which Lambert kissed his male keyboardist and danced suggestively with both sexes — helped gather additional headlines, not to mention a fair amount of controversy.

Lambert’s five-song EP Acoustic Live!, featuring stripped-down versions of songs from For Your Entertainment as well as the Tears for Fears cover “Mad World,” was released in December 2010. The following year, Lambert delivered the concert album/DVD Glam Nation Live, featuring performances recorded during the Indianapolis stop of his 2010 Glam Nation tour. Lambert’s full-length sophomore effort, Trespassing, was released in 2012, with the album featuring a bevy of big-name collaborators including Bruno Mars, Nikka Costa, Sam Sparro, and Pharrell Williams. It hit number one but sold fewer copies than For Your Entertainment, and Lambert announced in 2013 that he was leaving RCA. He returned several times to American Idol, however, and announced in 2014 that he would tour with Queen, where he would front the band in place of the late Freddie Mercury.

In 2015, Lambert returned as the first former contestant to appear as a judge on American Idol. His next studio release would be The Original High — his first on Warner Bros. following his departure from RCA — on which he had worked with Swedish songwriter/producers Max Martin and Shellback. The album appeared in June of 2015. Coming off his Original High tour, Lambert stayed busy in 2016 touring with Queen and appearing as a judge on The X Factor Australia. He was also featured that year on the Steve Aoki and Felix Jaehn track “Can’t Go Home.” A standalone single, “Two Fux,” arrived in 2017. The following year, he joined Melissa Etheridge in a performance opening the 29th GLAAD Media Awards. He also reunited with Queen for a ten-date Las Vegas residency.

Some of Adam’s biggest hits include:

– ‘For Your Entertainment’
– ‘If I Had You’
– ‘Ghost Town’
– ‘Never Close Our Eyes’
– ‘Time for Miracles’

In March 2020, Lambert released his fourth studio album, Velvet, which found him diving even deeper into his ’70s- and ’80s-style glam and funk-influences. Prior to the album’s release, he had teased his fans with the six-track EP Velvet: Side A, which showcased the songs “Feel Something” and “Superpower.” Along with those tracks, Velvet also included the spotlight tracks “New Eyes,” “Comin’ in Hot,” and “Roses,” the latter-of-which featured legendary Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers.

Recently, Queen singer Adam Lambert is one of the judges on ITV’s new singing competition Starstruck and also BRITAIN GET SINGING.

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