• Adam Lambert is an American singer, actor and songwriter, known for his appearance on “American Idol” where he finished runner-up.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $20 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry.
• He grew up in Indianapolis, then moved to San Diego where he joined the school’s band and joined various theatre companies.
• He auditioned for “American Idol” in 2009 and released his debut album “For Your Entertainment” the following year.
• He has been touring with Queen as their lead vocalist since 2014.

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Short Info

Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 29, 1982
MarkVocal control while wailing in upper register of vocal range
FactHis parents are Leila and Eber, and he has a younger brother called Neil (born in 1986).

Who is Adam Lambert?

Adam Mitchel Lambert was born on 29 January 1982, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA of Jewish and Norwegian descent. He is a singer, actor, and songwriter, best known for rising to fame after competing in the eighth season of “American Idol” in which he finished runner-up. Since then, he’s sold millions of albums and singles, and has also regularly toured with the band Queen as their lead vocalist for the project Queen + Adam Lambert.

The Wealth of Adam Lambert

As of early-2020, Adam Lambert’s net worth is estimated to be over $20 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry.

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He is one of the most successful alumni from “American Idol”, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award once. His touring and releases have helped in building his wealth.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Adam grew up in Indianapolis with a younger brother – his father worked as a program manager, while his mother was a dental hygienist. The family relocated to San Diego, California when he was nine. He developed a strong interest in music and performance, joining the Metropolitan Educational Theatre (MET2) as a performer, and took vocal and acting lessons while performing. He also worked on his education, attending Mount Carmel High School where he joined the school’s band.

Some of the productions he was a part of include “Peter Pan”, “Grease”, and “Camelot”. After matriculating, he enrolled at California State University, Fullerton but eventually left university to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. In 2001, he got his first job working on a cruise ship, which lasted for nearly a year.

Path to American Idol

After working on a tour of the production “Hair”, he continued with various theatre companies such as the Pasadena Playhouse and Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). He worked alongside Val Kilmer for “The Ten Commandments: The Musical”, and was also a part of a touring production of “Wicked” in 2005.

He was also a session musician, and sang demos with The Citizen Vein.

In 2009 he auditioned for “American Idol”, showcasing his love for rock music with “Bohemian Rhapsody” from Queen as his audition piece. During the competition, he earned the praise of judges and viewers with unique renditions of popular songs, including a new arrangement of the song “Mad World” which earned him a standing ovation. Simon Cowell called him an international star though he did not win the competition, losing to Kris Allen. Allen thought that Lambert would win, but speculation was that he lost a lot of his voters after openly admitting that he was gay.

The loss didn’t stop his career momentum, as he released his debut album “For Your Entertainment” the following year, which sold well enough to reach third spot on the Billboard 200. He received praise for his vocal ability, and his song “Whataya Want from Me” was nominated for a Grammy Award. He toured to promote his music, which attracted more controversy as people objected to his open expression of his sexuality, one that he defended.

Forward Momentum

Following features in high profile magazines such as “Rolling Stone” and “Entertainment Weekly”, he briefly returned to “American Idol” as a mentor, before embarking on his first headlining tour called “Glam Nation Tour”., and featured in the show “Behind the Music”.

Adam Lambert

In 2011, he was asked by Queen to become their lead singer in a performance during the MTV Europe Music Awards, and later that year released his second album called “Trespassing”, which received positive reviews and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

He toured around the world to promote his music, and then went on a tour with Queen for six dates. He also made his first performance in South Africa, and then joined RCA Records which led to more tours, this time across Asia. However, he left the company shortly afterwards, due to creative differences, as RCA was pushing him to make covers akin to his time on “American Idol”.

Working with Queen

In recent years, Lambert has been more active with Queen, with the band naming him as their frontman for touring. This gained some negative responses, as people were comparing him with the late Freddie Mercury who had a very different voice. Others defended Lambert, who wasn’t trying to copy Mercury’s style, but was singing Queen songs his way. The overall reception has been positive, and the band has been touring regularly since 2014. This was a fulfillment of a dream which he expressed during his first interview on “American Idol”, in which he jokingly stated that he would one day like to perform with Queen.

In 2015, he released a new album called “The Original High” which reached the third spot on the Billboard 200, and for which he received numerous awards, including the Best Foreign Artist Award at the Eska Music Awards in Poland. He continued making appearances around the world, and was ranked the top for earnings of former “American Idol” contestants as compiled by “Forbes”. In 2017, he went on a worldwide tour with Queen, and also made guest appearances in “The X Factor”. One of his latest projects is the album “Velvet”, and he’s also been more active in charity programs.

Personal Life

In 2010, Adam started a relationship with reality television star Saul Koskinen which lasted for three years; they separated but remained friends. In 2019 he began a relationship with model Javi Costa Polo.

His vocal ability has been praised by various celebrities and media outlets. His range spans three octaves and has power comparable to artists such as Whitney Houston. His voice is also insured at a value of $48 million. Following his “American Idol” appearance, he’s also been more noted with his flamboyant fashion sense, which takes influences from various eras of rock, and has led him to be featured in fashion magazines as well.

General Info

Full NameAdam Lambert
Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 29, 1982
Height1.85 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Singer-songwriter, Presenter, Actor, Music artist, Composer, Songwriter, Ghost Town, Whataya Want from Me, If I Had You, Glendale, AZ, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA
EducationCalifornia State University, Fullerton, Mesa Verde Middle School, Mt. Carmel High School, Deer Canyon Elementary School, Ghost Town, Whataya Want from Me, If I Had You, Glendale, AZ, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA


ParentsLeila Lambert, Eber Lambert, Ghost Town, Whataya Want from Me, If I Had You, Glendale, AZ, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA
SiblingsNeil Lambert


AwardsGLAAD Media Davidson/Valentini Award, GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Reality Star, Young Hollywood Award for Artist of the Year, Eska Special Award, MuchMusic Video Award for People's Choice: Favorite International Video, Ghost Town, Whataya Want...
Music GroupsQueen + Adam Lambert
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Fan Army, World Music Award for World’s Best Entertainer of the Year, MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year, Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Artist, World Music Award for World’s...
MoviesThe Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, The Ten Commandments: The Musical, Glendale, AZ, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA
TV ShowsThe X Factor (Australia), American Idol, Glendale, AZ, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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#Marks / Signs
1Costumed performance art coupled with strong vocal skills
2Vocal control while wailing in upper register of vocal range
3Artistic interpretation of classic and current music with creative vision


1It's an honor to be up there singing the songs that Freddie helped to write and make famous.
2[on Freddie Mercury] I love him just as much as you.
3[accepting the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for promoting equality in the openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and LGBT media] One person thinks you should be more this, one person thinks you should be more that; the label thinks this, the fans think that; your family wants this; this community wants you to shut up, that community wants it louder. The best we can do is keep it real and to spread the message of acceptance. If we can inspire even one person to open their mind, or another to be who they want to be - whether they are gay, straight, old, young, man, woman, black or white - then it's worth being objectified by the sometimes frustrating world of media sensationalism.
4[on talent shows like 'American Idol'] I'm Team Everything. I mean, really, I'm Team Give a Good Singer a Good Shot. The industry is so hard to break into, and these shows provide an incredible p.r. platform.
5[on being chosen to perform with Queen at the Sonisphere Knebworth Festival on July 7th 2012] I'm completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon. The thought of sharing the stage for a full set is so beautifully surreal. I'm honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie Mercury's memory. He's a personal hero of mine and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know the evening will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian May, Roger Taylor and the rest of the band I know magic will be on display.
6I wasn't popular in high school. I was the weird kid. So to all you weird kids out there - you can do it!
7I'm like your boy next door who decided that he wanted to be a rebel one day. So.. I'm a nice rebel
8I'm trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.
9(About rooming with Kris Allen) They put me with the cute guy. Distracting! He's the one guy I found attractive in the whole group on the show: nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type - except that he has a wife. I mean he's open-minded and liberal, but he's definitely 100% straight.
10I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me.
11Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, "I'm going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler". I didn't want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine bullshit. I need to be able to explain myself in context.


1Adam's father has English, 3/32 Norwegian, 1/32 Danish, and a small amount of German, ancestry. Adam's mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family.
2Video for "Whataya Want from Me" placed number #4 VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2010.
3Video for "If I Had You" placed number #33 VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2010.
4Lady Gaga, one of his musical inspirations, wrote the song "Fever" for his debut album "For Your Entertainment".
5Huge fan of Christina Aguilera.
6Close friends with Anna Kendrick.
7Was raised in San Diego, California.
8His parents are Leila and Eber, and he has a younger brother called Neil (born in 1986).
9Is good friends with former competitor on American Idol, Allison Iraheta.
10Has a younger brother, Neil.
11Close friends with Alisan Porter who he co-starred alongside in the musical "The Ten Commandments".
12Is an alumnus of the children's theatre group MET2 along with Nicolas Cage , Sofia Coppola, Matt McFarland, Kylie Tyndall, Keaton Tyndall, Vivian Bayubay, Nathan Norton, Derek Klena, Lauren Klena, & Roma Watkins.
13Likes watching Gossip Girl (2007).
14Roommate on "American Idol" was Kris Allen.
15Performed as part of the ensemble and served as a Fiyero understudy in the first national touring company and the LA production of Wicked.
16Is inspired by Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Lady Gaga.




Strictly Come Dancing2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Night with Seth MeyersTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The VoiceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Die Helene Fischer Show2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Glee2013-2014TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Bridegroom2013Documentary performer: "Outlaws of Love" / writer: "Outlaws of Love"
VH1 Divas 20122012TV Special performer: "Let's Dance", "Love to Love You Baby", "Hot Stuff", "Last Dance", "Ray of Light"
Pretty Little Liars2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Idol2009-2012TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Türkisch für Anfänger2012performer: "Better Than I Know Myself"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2012TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Dancing with the Stars2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada2009-2010TV Series performer - 3 episodes
So You Think You Can Dance2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
20122009/Iperformer: "Time for Miracles"
The Ten Commandments: The Musical2006performer: "Is Anybody Listening?", "The Horns Of Jericho", "Let Them Go", "The Plagues", "We Are Free", "Into The Deep"


The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again2016TV MovieEddie
Queen & Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live2015Short
Glee2013-2014TV SeriesElliott 'Starchild' Gilbert
In Sixty2011TV SeriesGuest
The Ten Commandments: The Musical2006Joshua


The Zodiac Show: Metamorphosis2009Documentary post-production


Errors in Geography: Leaving Donetsk (To Live in Donetsk)2015Video short special thanks


The Zodiac Show: Metamorphosis2009Documentary post-productionHimself
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015-2017TV SeriesHimself - Performer / Himself - Musical Guest
Entertainment Tonight2009-2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - American Idol
The X Factor2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Fashion News Live (Vintage)2016TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Hits2016TV SeriesHimself
It Got Better2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
This Week in Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
CMT Artists of the Year 20152015TV MovieHimself
Strictly Come Dancing2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
LiveXLive Presents Rock in Rio2015TV MovieHimself
Rock in Rio2015TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Voice2015TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2011-2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
2015 Logo Trailblazer Honors2015TV MovieHimself
2015 Much Music Video Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Loose Women2015TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2009-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
IHeartRadio Music Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
The Brit Awards 20152015TV SpecialHimself
American Idol2009-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Judge / Himself - Musical Guest / ...
Classic Rock Roll of Honour: Presented by Orange Amplification2014TV MovieHimself
Die Helene Fischer Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself - Singer
The X Factor2014TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself - Unicef Imagine Campaign
Fashion News Live2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHimself
IHeartRadio Music Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
RuPaul's Drag Race2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
FNL's Flashback Friday2013TV SeriesHimself
I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night One2013TV SpecialHimself
I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night Two2013TV SpecialHimself
Fashion Police2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
VH1 Divas 20122012TV SpecialHimself - Host
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Pretty Little Liars2012TV SeriesHimself
Rove LA2012TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Watch What Happens: Live2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2009-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2012TV SeriesHimself - Performer
2012 New Now Next Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2012TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Icon News2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Celebrity Guest
American Music Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Majors & Minors2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Mentor
MTV Europe Music Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Project Runway2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
2011 Do Something! Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Glam Nation Live2011VideoHimself
2011 New Now Next Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Campbell Live2010TV SeriesHimself
MMVAs After Party2010TV MovieHimself
2010 MuchMusic Video Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
2010 New Now Next Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Justin Lee Collins: Good Times2010TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2010TV SeriesHimself
The Best Hit USA2010TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
Making the 'Time for Miracles' Music Video2010Video shortHimself
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The Jay Leno Show2009TV SeriesHimself
So You Think You Can Dance2009TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The View2009TV SeriesHimself
Live from Studio Five2009TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2009TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
2009 American Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Walmart Soundcheck2009TV SeriesHimself
20/202009TV Series documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2009TV SeriesHimself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2009TV SeriesHimself
Chabad: To Life Telethon2008TV MovieHimself - Video Guest

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Queen: From Rags to Rhapsody2015TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
RuPaul's Drag Race2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge / Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV SeriesHimself - 'If I Had You' Video
The Jay Leno Show2009TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2013GLAAD Media AwardGLAAD Media AwardsOutstanding Music ArtistFor the album "Trespassing"
2013Davidson/Valentini AwardGLAAD Media Awards
2009Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Male Reality/Variety StarAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
2009Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsArtist of the Year

Nominated Awards

2016GLAAD Media AwardGLAAD Media AwardsOutstanding Music ArtistFor the album "The Original High"
2011GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Male Pop Vocal PerformanceFor the song "Whataya Want From Me."
2010Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)TV Musical or Comedy Performance of the Year2009 American Music Awards (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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