Alex Newell, the impressive and multi-talented young artist who’s voice has the power and range to do some serious damage on these everyday internet singers. He has graced the television screen and the dance charts with collaborations including Clean Bandit, Blonde, and The Knocks. His dynamite vocals and strong and confident spirit are just a few of the parts that make up Alex Newell.
When was the last time I heard a male singer kill it like a female singer could or how some female singers wish they could? Not since I was studying Gospel music back in high school. At the young age of 24, Alex sings with experience and with a skill that you could find in any old school dance record. Something Donna Summer or Gladys Knight would’ve belted out.
His given gift has the capacity to take his career higher than his voice can scale. Growing up in Lynn, Massachusetts, Newell was surrounded by music and the presence of God. His father a being a deacon and his mother a choir singer shows that Newell has music and singing in his very veins. Singing since before he could even speak complete sentences, Newell has had this confidence in his talent. He was meant to be a singer.
Finding his knack on stage, Alex began performing at school plays and wowing the audience with his astonishing vocal ability. After a few noticeable eyes caught him, Newell soon found himself on the reality television series THE GLEE Project. It was a competition series surrounding hopefuls who wished to be part of the immensely successful television program. The winner would win a seven-episode arc, Newell came in as first runner-up but life had a plan for him, and the producers brought Newell on for two episodes. It doesn’t end there, this young man pulled off a difficult feat. He climbed his way up from guest star to reoccurring, to main cast member.
His role as Wade “Unique” Adams (the male to the female trans character) caught the attention of huge supporters and some not too supportive, but Newell took it with stride and remained true to who he is like he always has. All this, from a high school student at the time. In my opinion that is a true role model, someone who does not feel they need to be what others say they should be.
Alex’s exceptional work kept on opening more and more doors for him. Accomplishments such as collaborations and live performances began to cultivate into something even better for Alex. Gay pride events, festivals, and appearances began to increase the travel and distance of Newell’s name. His special guest appearance with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus sticks out. His animated and soulful performance of “Random Black Girl” really showed me that the stage is where he really thrives. Honestly, behind any microphone, this kid is meant to be. A real entertainer and gifted singer who was made for Broadway. Having a past in singing, hearing other singers with incredible talent is nothing but inspirational. I was there right along with Alex trying those high notes and sounding crazy but it felt good.
A year after Glee, Newell announces his signed record deal with Big Beat Records. Starring on Glee during high school and now a record deal after being accepted to Berklee College of Music, it’s a clear path to his destiny. A few months after, Newell releases his debut album and a string of other singles and collaborations soon follow. Songs like “Stronger” Newell’s dance track with Clean Bandit and Sean Bass demonstrate this young man’s vocal ability at eclectic sounds.
POWER, Alex Newell’s 2016 EP has all the disco and dance bits your little OneEDM hearts desire. The lead single from the EP titled “This Aint Over” gained recognition from big media names like OUT, SPIN, and VULTURE. It’s another easily recognizable dance vocal you would all know. He can now add to his already growing list including “All cried out” with Blonde. A vocal powerhouse taking his career by the reigns and enjoying the ride. His latest single “Keep it Moving” and its remixes EP get you bouncing to the beats that cradle Newell’s killer vocals. Alex Newell, the Massachusetts church boy whose life made a complete 180 all under the age of 25 is most definitely full of all the sass and all the power needed to define a true powerhouse.
Music, in general, seems to be just right for him. When music is right for you, you know it because it makes you feel really good. You have good thoughts and good vibrations resonating through you. And I honestly believe that’s what Alex is feeling any moment a note comes out of his mouth or a key is played on a piano.
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