Adam Lambert

Singer, Actor
With his provocative looks, electrifying stage presence, and powerful vocals, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002-2016) season eight runner-up Adam Lambert emerged as one of the competition's most original artists. Adam Mitchel ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1982 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Late Late Show With James Corden 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Glee 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

RuPaul's Drag Race 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Judge

The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

VH1 Divas 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pretty Little Liars 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Project Runway 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

2009 American Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Performer

Biography

With his provocative looks, electrifying stage presence, and powerful vocals, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002-2016) season eight runner-up Adam Lambert emerged as one of the competition's most original artists. Adam Mitchel Lambert was born on Jan. 29, 1982 in Indianapolis, IN. Shortly after he was born, the family moved to Rancho Peñasquitos in San Diego, CA. Lambert's earliest music memory was listening to his father's large collection of classic rock albums, and singing along to an Elvis Presley karaoke tape. At 10, he joined a children's musical theater, took voice lessons, and started listening to various musicals. Lambert took his passion for performing all the way to high school, where he was in the drama club and in a jazz band. As a teen, Lambert appeared in local productions of "Hello, Dolly!" (1964), "Camelot" (1960) and played Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" (1950), among many others. At 19, he toured with Anita Mann Productions and worked on a cruise line for almost a year. When he returned home, Lambert moved immediately to Los Angeles, where he landed parts in several musical productions, including "The Ten Commandments: The Musical" (2004), as the Hebrew army leader, Joshua. By this time, having embraced the idea that he was going to be a rock star, Lambert began wearing nail polish and eyeliner on stage. For three years beginning in 2005, Lambert nabbed his biggest role so far - the understudy of the role of Fiyero in the national tour and Los Angeles productions of the hit musical "Wicked" (2003). In 2009, Lambert auditioned and made it to the semi-finals round of "American Idol," where he instantly made an impact on the judges and viewers with his outrageous leather and spiked outfits, signature eyeliner, and out-of-this-world pipes. Week after week, Lambert delivered exciting performances of smash hits such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White" (1991), Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" (1977), and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" (1969). He even garnered a standing ovation from the show's guest judge, Smokey Robinson, after his acoustic version of The Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears" (1965). During the competition, photos of Lambert kissing another man surfaced, prompting rumors that he was gay and that such photos might affect the outcome of the competition. While he did not deny nor confirm his sexuality, Lambert confirmed that the photos were of him. The flamboyant singer did make it to the show's finals, where he held his own during a performance of "We Are the Champions" (1977) with the remaining members of the legendary rock group, Queen. Yet, in spite of the wildly enthusiastic response he received from the judges and audience all season long, Lambert lost the competition to the mellow, less charismatic Kris Allen. The fact that most voters believed him to be gay was thought to be a deciding factor in his loss and angered gay rights activists. But it did not take long for Lambert to steal the spotlight. He officially came out as gay in a <i>Rolling Stone</i> interview. On his debut album, <i>For Your Entertainment</i> (2009), featuring the hit singles "Whataya Want From Me" and "If I Had You," Lambert collaborated with some of pop music's biggest artists, including Pink and Lady GaGa. He incited controversy once again after what some thought was a risqué performance of his single "For Your Entertainment" at the "2009 American Music Awards" (ABC, 2009), during which Lambert kissed and grinded against a male bassist. In 2010, he launched "The Glam Nation Tour" first throughout the United States and then internationally, before temporarily replacing the late Freddie Mercury in Queen for a performance at the 2011 EMAs and a six-date European tour. Lambert's second album, <i>Trespassing</i>, was released in May 2012 to enthusiastic reviews. Following an arc on "Glee" (Fox 2009-2015) during the show's fifth season, Lambert rejoined Queen--now officially billed as "Queen + Adam Lambert" for an international tour in 2014. After signing with Warner Brothers Records, Lambert released his third solo album, <i>The Original High</i>, in 2015, touring on his own before rejoining Queen for a series of 2016 festival dates.

Relationships

Sauli Koskinen

Companion
Began dating in 2010

Drake LaBry

Companion
Reportedly began dating in early 2009 Split in October 2009

Eber Lambert

Father
Worked for San Diego's Novatel Wireless

Leila Lambert

Mother

Neil Lambert

Brother
Graduate of University of California Santa Cruz

EDUCATION

Mt. Carmel High School

San Diego, California
Involved in theater, choir and with the school's jazz band

Milestones

2009

Joined fellow Top 10 finalists for the "American Idols Live"

2009

Released his debut single "No Boundaries" on iTunes

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star

2009

Competed on the eighth season of the Fox reality series "American Idol"; was the runner-up, losing out to Kris Allen; performed with Queen during finale show

2009

Released his debut album <i>For Your Entertainment</i>, featuring the hit single "Whataya Want from Me"

2008

Was a chorus member and the understudy for the part of Fiyero in the Los Angeles production of "Wicked"

2006

Acted opposite Val Kilmer's Moses in "The Ten Commandments: The Musical"

2004

Appeared alongside Val Kilmer in "The Ten Commandments: The Musical" at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA

2004

Regularly performed as a glam rock soul alter ego in "The Zodiac Show" at The Henry Fonda Music Box; show was co-created by Carmit Bachar of the Pussycat Dolls

2003

Performed in a European tour of "Hair"

First stage role at age 10, playing Linus in a San Diego production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

Began performing with the Children's Theatre Network at the age of nine (currently known as the Metropolitan Educational Theatre network)

Bonus Trivia

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Lambert revealed on the June 2009 cover issue of Rolling Stone magazine that he was gay.

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Lambert and his boyfriend Sauli Koskinen were reportedly arrested in Finland on Dec. 22, 2011 after the two attacked each other following a heated argument outside the Don't Tell Momma bar. Both men were released hours later and no criminal charges were pursued.

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