Who is Adam Lambert?
Adam Mitchel Lambert was born on January 29, 1982 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, of Jewish and Norwegian descent. He is a singer, actor and songwriter, best known for rising to fame after participating in the eighth season of “American Idol” in which he came in second. Since then he has sold millions of albums and singles and has also toured regularly with the band Queen as their lead singer for the Queen + Adam Lambert project.
The Wealth of Adam Lambert
As of the beginning of 2020, Adam Lambert’s net worth is estimated to be over $20 million earned through a successful career in the music industry.
He is one of the most successful “American Idol” alumni, once nominated for a Grammy Award. His touring and releases have helped build his wealth.
Beginning of early life, education and career
Adam grew up in Indianapolis with a younger brother – his father worked as a program manager, while his mother was a dental hygienist. The family moved to San Diego, California when he was nine. He developed a strong interest in music and performance, joining the Metropolitan Educational Theater (MET2) as a performer and taking singing and acting lessons while performing. He also worked on his education and attended Mount Carmel High School where he joined the school’s band.
Some of the productions he has been a part of include “Peter Pan”, “Grease” and “Camelot”. After his matriculation exam, he enrolled at California State University, Fullerton, but eventually dropped out of college to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. In 2001, he got his first job on a cruise ship, which lasted almost a year.
Path to American Idol
After participating in a tour of the production “Hair”, he continued with various theater companies such as Pasadena Playhouse and Theater Under the Stars (TUTS). He teamed up with Val Kilmer for “The Ten Commandments: The Musical”, and was also part of a touring production of “Wicked” in 2005.
He was also a session musician and sang demos with The Citizen Vein.
In 2009, he auditioned for “American Idol”, demonstrating his love for rock music with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as his audition piece. During the competition, he earned the praise of judges and viewers with unique renditions of popular songs, including a new arrangement of the song “Mad World”, which earned him a standing ovation. Simon Cowell called him an international star even though he didn’t win the competition, losses to Kris Allen. Allen thought Lambert would win, but it was speculated that he lost many of his constituents after openly admitting he was gay.
The loss didn’t halt his career’s momentum, as he released his debut album “For Your Entertainment” the following year, which sold well enough to reach #3 on the Billboard 200. He received acclaim for his vocal skills and his song “Whataya Want from Me” was nominated for a Grammy Award. He toured to promote his music, which caused more controversy as people objected to his open expression of his sexuality, one that he defended.
After articles in high-profile magazines such as “Rolling Stone” and “Entertainment Weekly”, he briefly returned to “American Idol” as a mentor, before embarking on his first headlining tour called “Glam Nation Tour”. “Behind the music”.
In 2011, he was asked by Queen to be their lead vocalist performing at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and later that year released his second album called “Trespassing” which received positive reviews and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. .
He toured the world promoting his music and went on to tour six times with Queen. He also made his first appearance in South Africa and then joined RCA Records, which led to more tours, this time across Asia. However, he left the company soon after due to creative differences, as RCA pushed him to do covers similar to his time on “American Idol”.
Working with Queen
In recent years, Lambert has been more active with Queen, with the band referring to him as their name frontman for touring. This generated some negative reactions as people compared him to the late Freddie Mercury, who had a very different voice. Others defended Lambert, who did not try to copy Mercury’s style, but sang Queen songs his way. Overall reception has been positive and the band has been touring regularly since 2014. This was the fulfillment of a dream he expressed during his first interview on “American Idol”, in which he jokingly stated that he would like to perform with Queen one day.
In 2015, he released a new album called “The Original High” which reached number 3 on the Billboard 200 and for which he received numerous awards, including the Best Foreign Artist award at the Eska Music Awards in Poland. He continued to perform around the world and topped the earnings rankings of former “American Idol” contestants as compiled by “Forbes”. In 2017, he went on a world tour with Queen and was also a guest on “The X Factor”. One of his latest projects is the album “Fluel”, and he has also been more active in charitable programs.
In 2010, Adam began a relationship with reality TV star Saul Koskinen, which lasted three years; they broke up but remained friends. In 2019 he started one relation with model Javi Costa Polo.
His vocal ability has been praised by various celebrities and media outlets. His range spans three octaves and has a power comparable to that of artists such as Whitney Houston. So is his voice insured valued at $48 million. After his ‘American Idol’ appearance, he has also become more known for his flamboyant fashion sense, which draws influences from different rock eras, and has led to his being featured in fashion magazines as well.