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Adam Lambert is an American singer best known for
his finalist position in the eighth season of American
Idol in 2009. His huge vocal range and glam-rocker style
made him a standout. Lambert came in second place.
Adam Lambert Biography
Adam Lambert is an American singer born on January
29, 1982, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His childhood stage
experience positioned him well to compete in the eighth
season of American Idol in 2009. His tremendous vocal
range and theatrical flair made his performances memorable,
and he finished second. His first post-Idol album, For Your
Entertainment, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Adam Lambert, born on January 29, 1982 in Indianapolis,
Indiana, is the eldest of two siblings. He and his family
moved to San Diego, California, soon after Lambert was born.
Lambert dreamed of being an entertainer at the age of
10—around the time that he was cast in his first role, as
Linus in the Lyceum Theater's production of You're a Good
Man, Charlie Brown in San Diego.
Thrilled by the stage, Lambert took private voice
lessons and later appeared in more musicals at local
theatres, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat, Grease and Chess. His voice coach, Lynne Broyles,
along with Alex Urban, artistic director of the Children's
Theatre Network, were influential mentors for Lambert during
Lambert attended San Diego's Mt. Carmel High School,
where he participated in theater, choir and jazz band. After
high school, he moved to Orange County to attend college.
Shortly after enrolling, however, he had a change of heart,
and decided that his real desire was to perform; he left
school after only five weeks.
The aspiring singer and performer moved to Los Angeles,
California, where he cobbled together a living from odd jobs
while trying to make it in the theatre. He also tried his
hand at music, performing in a rock band and doing studio
By 2004, Lambert was making a name for himself in the
Los Angeles area. He played a small role in The Ten
Commandments at the Kodak Theatre, alongside film actor Val
Kilmer. He also began regular performances in The Zodiac Show,
a touring revue of live music and talent that was co-created
by Carmit Bachar of the band Pussycat Dolls. During his
time with Zodiac, Lambert wowed fellow performers with his
vocal range. He also began writing his own music with the
revue; one particular original song, "Crawl Through Fire,"
was written in collaboration with Madonna's guitarist,
Monte Pittman. In 2005, Lambert landed an understudy spot as
Fiyero in the play Wicked, first with the touring cast and
then with the Los Angeles cast of the production.
Lambert stepped into the national spotlight in 2009,
when he became a finalist on the eighth season of the popular
vocal competition show American Idol. His performance of
Gary Jules's 2001 arrangement of "Mad World" earned a standing
ovation from the show's harshest critic, Simon Cowell.
Lambert's vocal range, along with his jet-black hair and
heavy mascara, earned him comparisons to glam rockers like
Freddie Mercury and Gene Simmons.
Lambert and two other contestants, Danny Gokey and Kris
Allen, were the only finalists of Season 8 who were never
ranked in the bottom three. Lambert was considered a
front-runner in the competition, but was later beaten by
dark horse candidate Kris Allen. Critics theorized that Lambert
lost because of his openly gay lifestyle. Lambert denies this
rumor, however, saying that Allen won because of his talent.
Despite his American Idol loss, Lambert's debut album,
For Your Entertainment (2009), was a huge success, debuting at
No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2010, Lambert was
nominated for his first Grammy Award, for his hit
"Whataya Want From Me."
In May 2012, Lambert released his second studio album,
Trespassing, which met with wide acclaim; Trespassing landed
at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, and more than 100,000
copies of the alnum were sold by June 2012. In a Billboard
review of the album, Lambert is noted for demonstrating "the
raw energy that would make him a great frontman for a band like,
Speaking of the famous glam-rock band, in early 2012, media
reports began to circulate about Lambert teaming up with Queen
to perform a summer concert series. The speculation soon proved
to be true, and the pop star began performing with Queen—including
guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor—in Europe in June,
as part of a tour to honor the late Freddie Mercury and raise money
for organizations dedicated to AIDS awareness. Following shows
in Ukraine and Moscow, Lambert sang with Queen in Wroclaw, Poland,
and is slated to give several London performances with the band
throughout July 2012.