“American Idol” finalist and Grammy-nominated artist Adam Lambert appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show Wednesday morning (as recounted by Digital Spy) to launch his new single, a remix of the song “Aftermath,” one of the 13 tracks that make up his first album. Lambert told the “American Idol” host that the song was about being unashamed of who you are and the willingness to take chances. “Aftermath,” he said, was a song about empowerment…
“It’s a song that I wrote and…it’s an empowerment anthem,” he said. “It inspires people to take risks for who they are,” he went on to explain, “and take that leap of faith. I’m excited because it’s something that I wrote, and what’s important about it is the message.”
Lambert, who finished second during Season 8 of “American Idol,” debuted the remix single, which was produced by Billboard, on Seacrest’s radio program just half a day ahead of the “American Idol” Top 13 performance show. He is scheduled to appear on the Thursday night results show with Diddy-Dirty Money.
“It was a song that always got a great response on tour,” Lambert told KIIS-FM, “and I’ve been wanting to do something with The Trevor Project. I think it really speaks to their slogan ‘It Gets Better’.”
All the proceeds for “Aftermath” will go to the non-profit organization The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project began in honor of a 13-year-old boy who was the focus of the 1994 Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy short film “Trevor.” When the film was set to air on HBO in 1998, the creators of the film, James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski, and Randy Stone, discovered there were no help lines for those of gay and alternative lifestyles who might be facing the same problems Trevor faced in the film, problems that led him to attempt to take his own life. When they found not a single one, they created The Trevor Project that set up the first national hotline to help prevent suicides among LBGTQ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, and Questioning) youth.
Adam Lambert recorded a video message for The Trevor Project right after a series of teen suicides occurred in 2010 that brought focus to both gay and alternative lifestyle ostracism/suicides among teens as well as rampant teen bullying.
Lambert’s appearance on “American Idol” will not only help launch his new song but will also give him a venue to again announce his forthcoming CD/DVD release “Glam Nation Live,” which is set for March 22. It will also be an opportune time for “American Idol” to insert that they have a winners compilation album dropping on March 15. The “American Idol 10th Anniversary Album — The Hits, Vol. 1” has the signature hits from all of the past season winners, plus the bonus of having three of the most successful finalists as well — Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken, and Daughtry.
Season 7 winner David Cook, who is also promising a new album soon, will also debut a song during the Top 13 results show. He recorded the Season 10 farewell song, a cover of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”
Robert Copsey, “Adam Lambert: ‘New single Is empowering,'” DigitalSpy.com