When a 27-year-old Adam Lambert stepped in front of the judges on American Idol in 2009 he had little idea what would soon come his way. Belting out theatrical renditions of “Rock With You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, never in his wildest dreams did he expect to be – within six short years – fronting Queen and being spoken about in the same sentences as one of his idols, Freddie Mercury.
But whether Adam can quite believe it or not, his determination, boundless talent and unwavering resolve to be nothing but himself has seen him achieve more in six years than many musicians achieve in a lifetime. Never mind the praise, fans and record sales – Adam even has a day named after him in his hometown of San Diego (it’s May 8 FYI)!
But it’s not just his music that does the talking, it’s Adam himself, and he doesn’t hold back – refreshing in an industry known for censorship and often tarnished with the stereotype of churning out manufactured, media trained pop darlings. Openly gay, he has been credited with being an ambassador for equality and bringing a new perspective to mainstream music, as well as shining a light on much needed issues including bullying and same-sex marriage. In a world of sameness, Adam stands out and thank god, the music industry – and most others – need more voices like his.
Before his third studio album is released this spring we caught up with the burgeoning superstar at his shoot with Rankin to find out why the future is really rather rosy indeed.