By Chris Mellides
Grammy-nominated superstar Adam Lambert has taken the country by storm since breaking into the national spotlight as a finalist on the eighth season of American Idol in 2009.
While competing on the highly-rated television show, Lambert put on several standout performances that showcased his unique style and vocal range, and left the show’s judges and its millions of viewers floored. He’ll likely hope to do the same on Feb. 23 when he’s slated to perform at Huntington village’s Paramount.
Following his success on American Idol, the San Diego native was approached by RCA Records representatives who signed him to an exclusive deal and released his debut album, “For Your Entertainment” in 2009.
The record sold nearly two million copies worldwide, and featured the successful single and radio hit, “Whataya Want From Me.” The song was nominated for a Grammy.
The success of his first release kick-started an international headlining tour where the talented singer-songwriter played to sold out crowds in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
In 2012, Lambert made history with the release of a follow-up record titled “Trespassing,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and made him the first openly gay artist whose album reached the coveted top spot.
The 34-year-old has also dedicated his time to tour with the legendary British rock act Queen. He lends his vocals to the band and aptly fills the shoes of the band’s late singer and original front man Freddie Mercury, which is no small task.
No stranger to the world of acting, Lambert has also starred in several episodes of the television show “Glee” as New York University student Elliott Gilbert.
With the release of his third studio full length album last summer, “The Original High,” Lambert saw his departure from RCA and the blossoming of a new relationship with Warner Bros. Records.
The new album showcases a more vulnerable and measured vocal styling from Lambert, who’s dialed back the theatrics and wild singing arrangements for a much more measured and intimate sound.
After hearing an assortment of rough demos that Lambert wrote in Los Angeles for the new album, Max Martin and Shellback signed on as executive producers. The duo worked on Lambert’s first record in 2009 and helped to shape its commercial success.
In a statement Lambert said, “I hope that the album can pull people together in realizing they’re not alone and in realizing that if you sing about it or talk about it or dance it out, that’s the best medicine.”
To see Adam Lambert at The Paramount on Feb. 23, tickets can be purchased at the box office or from ParamountNY.com for $35-$85. Doors are slated to open at 7 p.m. with the show scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.