Adam Lambert Headlines Miami Beach Gay Pride
"American Idol" has been part of pop culture for the last 12 years and has introduced us to many talented singers who have gone on to become worldwide phenomenons. Imagine my surprise when I found out that not only is season eight star Adam Lambert an incredibly gifted artist, but a really nice, down to earth person as well. He made me feel like I was just chatting with my buddy. Stardom has clearly not changed the wonderful human being Adam is. It was a real pleasure to do this Hotspots exclusive interview just days before he appears as the headliner at Miami Beach Gay Pride.
At what age did you know you loved music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a singer/recording artist?
I was doing musical theater growing up. And when I was fourteen I got a solo and I realized I might be good at this. At that point I realized I would probably be in the entertainment business as a career, but I didn’t see myself as a recording artist till I was in my twenties.
Who were your inspirations/mentors in life and in the music industry?
There were a couple growing up: Alex Urban and Lynn Broils, and now a small circle of friends in Los Angeles.
What made you audition for American Idol?
When I started getting into recording and writing I realized it was more difficult to break into as a 27 year old gay guy in musical theater. I thought getting on TV was a great move and it worked...YAY!
In your opinion, what was your defining moment on "Idol"?
"Mad World" is what people seem to think, as it connected with a lot of people. My personal favorite was a "Whole Lot of Love" by Led Zepplen, as it had never been on the approved song list before I sung it.
How did it feel the first time you heard your song on the radio?
It was bizarre and completely exciting. It was a surreal experience and very validating.
How did it feel to go back and be a mentor on "Idol"?
That was really cool and I took it as a big compliment. I like to help people and I definitely have a lot of opinions... (laughter)
You have toured all over the world, what has been your favorite gig and favorite city?
Hard to say, but Australia and Asia are awesome. Also, Paradiso in Amsterdam is an amazing venue to play.