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Friday’s Challenge for Adam Lambert’s Charity Drive

by on Aug.28, 2009, under All About Adam

Thank you to all of Adam Lambert’s generous and giving fans who have donated to DonorsChoose.org to help the children during the first week of this charity drive! Very impressive! We still have a lot of work to do, there are so many projects that need funding so that the children will have the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.

Rosie, from TALC, offers a Charity Challenge for today.

photo by SAS at TALC

photo by SAS at TALC

Charity Challenge for today…

So, it’s #CheekyFriday (couldn’t help myself), and some of us (okay ME) will be ordering pizza for dinner tonight. I’m gonna skip pizza and actually MAKE DINNER and donate the “pizza money” to Donor’s Choose Adam Lambert Fans Giving page at DonorsChoose.org

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“I received two tickets gratis for a concert tonight. So, since I didn’t buy them, I’m gonna donate what they would have cost to donorschoose.”

needacoke from TALC

“I am going to a friends house tonight for snacks and Champagne—she saw some figs at Fresh Market yesterday and got the wild hair to try and recreate the prosciutto wrapped roasted figs we had in NC. All I have to take is cheese and crackers so I will donate the difference in what I would have paid for a nice meal to donorschoose.

In the e-mail I just got from donorschoose, it said:
P.S. Have a store gift card lying around? Cash it in for kids! Turn your unused gift card into a DonorsChoose.org GivingCard at Plastic Jungle: Plastic Jungle for DonorsChoose.org customers Then redeem it to support a classroom project that inspires you.”

Rosie’s charity challenge is brilliant! Each and everyone of us can find a way to give up something today to make a difference in the lives of children all across America. Remember, if we don’t help these children, they will not have the opportunity to experience the arts in their schools. Any amount you can spare will make a difference, but please give. Also, gather up any gift cards you may have laying around your house and turn them into a donation to help the children.

Let’s band together to become one voice, one light, to help the children.

Click on this link to make your donation. Adam Lambert Fans Giving page at DonorsChoose.org

To find out more about Adam Lambert’s Charity Drive to help the children, see blog post titled “Adam Lambert’s Charity Drive – Spread The Light For Children”

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Speaking of children, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, and Allison Iraheta answer questions from children in the following interviews. I love the camaraderie between them; they are so relaxed and having fun.

Adam, Kris and Allison On The Road with American Idol – Interview 1

Adam, Kris and Allison On The Road with American Idol – Interview 2

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Adam Lambert’s Charity Drive – Spread The Light For The Children

by on Aug.26, 2009, under All About Adam

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Adam Lambert Fans Giving Page at DonorsChoose.org

SHOW YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR ADAM LAMBERT BY HELPING CHILDREN IN NEED.

Let’s Spread the Light!!!

Adam Lambert Teams Up With DonorsChoose.org to Support Public School Classrooms in Need

Adam Lambert Supports DonorsChoose.org

“My fans have been so amazing in their support that I would love for them to contribute to something I believe in,” said Adam Lambert. “Every kid deserves a great education and access to the materials and experiences that make it possible. I’m so thrilled to team up with DonorsChoose.org and encourage my fans to support arts and music projects in classrooms.” Adam Lambert

Across the country, thousands of classrooms lack the materials that are essential for learning. As school budgets tighten, learning supplies and tools become increasingly outdated, broken and scarce. School teachers nationwide spend $1 billion out-of-pocket each year, which rarely even covers each classroom’s needs.

“Adam is championing a campaign for public education that will positively affect thousands of students and teachers, and we couldn’t be more appreciative to have his support,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org. “So many students have a tremendous disadvantage simply because they don’t have the learning materials they need. Luckily, people like Adam and tens of thousands of everyday citizens are stepping in to help.”

Information about DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org was born in the teachers’ lunchroom of a Bronx public high school where Charles Best, our founder, taught social studies for five years. He and his fellow teachers were spending lots of their own money on basic supplies but still seeing their students go without the books, art supplies, field trips, and other resources needed for a rigorous education. So they started a nonprofit website where any public school teacher can post a resource request for their students, and donors from all walks of life can choose the projects they want to support.

Donorschoose.org is an interactive charity. When you donate, you have the opportunity to send a message to the teachers to tell them why you choose their project. You will see the many inspiring messages left by donors on all the projects. The teachers will also send you a thank you message when their project is funded. It is heart warming to hear those words of gratitude from those you helped.

Tax Deductions

Donations at DonorsChoose.org are 100% tax-deductible. DonorsChoose.org will provide a receipt for tax-deduction purposes when a donation is made online.

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Charity Drive Runs August 20th through September 20th

photo by Jacqui B

photo by Jacqui B

Adam has shared his many gifts with all of us. Adam has inspired all of us in so many ways and changed our lives for the better. Now is our opportunity to give back to Adam. This is our way we can show Adam our support by helping to spread the light for children in need. Adam has asked for his fans to join him and support his charity of choice to help children in need experience the arts.

We would like you to consider supporting Adam and the Adam Bombs at TALC in his charity of choice, DonorsChoose.org. There are many projects that you can support which help fund the arts; theater, music, and dance in schools for the children that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed to and enjoy such arts. Most schools have critically cut their art programs, be it performing arts, music or visual arts.

You don’t have to contribute a large amount of money, any amount you can spare will help this worthy cause and all donations are tax deductible. The best way to show Adam our support is to make a donation, regardless of the amount.

Let’s just say, if 2,000 people gave $10, we would raise over $20,000 for Adam’s charity. If those same 2,000 people gave $10 each week, for the 4 weeks during this drive, we would raise over $80,000. Imagine how many children’s lives we could change for the better. Every little bit helps!

Don’t wait to donate, many of these projects on the list are for schools which will be starting up shortly. Wouldn’t it be nice to close some of these projects before school starts? Just imagine what a relief it would be for the teachers to know they have the resources they need for the children. Adam’s fan charity drive runs from August 20th until September 20th. You can donate more than once, a little bit now and a little bit later. Let’s pull together to close some projects before school starts and then we will continue to close projects during the month of September as well.

Our goal is to have every Adam fan donate, so that the end result is that we are able to help fund many projects. Just use the link below and give what you can to join us in this effort to make a difference in educating these children. Give what you can, but be sure to give.

Make Your Donation Here

Let’s be one voice, one light, to make a difference in the lives of children all across America.

Adam Lambert Fans Giving Page at DonorsChoose.org

Thank you so much in advance for showing your love and support for Adam by donating to his charity. We know that Adam, as well as these teachers and children, appreciate your kindness greatly!!

photo by Ali K. at TALC

photo by Ali K. at TALC

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Adam Lambert Talks Music With Rolling Stone

by on Aug.25, 2009, under All About Adam, Interviews

photo from Rolling Stone

photo from Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert was honored by Rolling Stone for best selling issue of the year! Adam’s cover issue of Rolling Stone magazine sold out in record time both on newsstands and online. Congrats Adam!!

While he was there, Adam talked to Rolling Stone about his debut album and his ideas for his solo concerts in the future.

Adam Lambert’s “Sexy” November Debut Stocked With Surprises by Rolling Stone

The American Idols Live tour is in full swing, but Adam Lambert still has one eye on his debut album, due in November via AI’s 19 Recordings through a licensing deal with RCA. When Lambert stopped by the RS offices last week to discuss Paula Abdul’s departure from Idol, he stayed tight-lipped about any possible song names, lyrics or the album title — “Nope, can’t tell you yet — it’s all a surprise,” he says — but stressed that assembling the album quickly is only adding to its intensity.

“We did a surprising amount of work before the tour started, we had about a month,” he says. “I got a lot of co-writing done, some great initial vocal material recorded, and just general collaborations with different producers.” His list of collaborators has grown to include OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé), along with Lady Gaga producer RedOne, Linda Perry, Greg Wells and Sam Sparro. His only promises: “a lot of surprises” and “it’s going to feel really sexy.” (Watch Lambert talk about his first album in our video interview, above.)

On tour, Lambert reports his David Bowie medley of “Life on Mars,” “Fame” and “Let’s Dance” is “going over really well, and I have a blast doing it.” Fans are clearly having a good time too — the list of objects thrown at Lambert has grown from bras to light S&M gear, he reports. So what should fans do to get his attention? “Just clap and scream and have a good time,” he says. “It’s not about you guys getting my attention, it’s about you living your life in a positive way. If you feel sexy when you hear a song, just be sexy and feel gorgeous. You don’t need to throw a bra in my face to let me know that you feel sexy, though it cracks me up.”

Offstage, Lambert is currently listening to Muse’s new single “Uprising” (”It’s very glam rock and very cool”) as well as the new LPs by Kasabian and Peaches, and the latest from IAMX, one of the former singers from the Sneaker Pimps: “This recent one is gorgeous, it’s just epic and the production’s great, his melodies are awesome.”

After after a month on the road with the Idols tour, Lambert says he has definitely learned a few things that’ll come in handy down the line. “When you dance and move around it creates a different reaction from the audience — they love it,” he says. “And getting a sense of interaction with them, I love that. It’s like a trial run, a test audience for things to come. I would love to do a live show with dancers and fashion and scenic elements — definitely bring my love of the theater to a concert-style performance.” Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert Interview with Rolling Stone 8-10-09

Lambert Adds Hitmaker Max Martin to List of Collaborators by Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert delivered some news about his November debut album via a giddy tweet this morning: “In NYC to record song with MAX MARTIN!!! Soo excited. This album is getting so great!!” Martin is the Swedish wunderkind responsible for Kelly Clarkson’s mammoth “Since U Been Gone,” Britney Spears’ “… Baby One More Time,” Pink’s “So What” and “I Kissed a Girl” by Lambert’s cape-wearing pal Katy Perry.

As Rolling Stone reported earlier this month, the American Idol runner-up has also locked down writing and/or recording sessions with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé), Lady Gaga producer RedOne, Linda Perry, Greg Wells and Sam Sparro. Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert is also featured in the September 3rd issue of Rolling Stone in “Lambert Rocks ‘Idol’ Revue” now available at newsstands. Rolling Stone spent the day with Adam Lambert and Kris Allen beginning with their GMA early morning performance in NYC through the AI Tour evening performance in Atlantic City, NJ on August 7th. It’s a behind the scenes look into their busy schedules and both Adam and Kris share some personal thoughts as to what goes through their minds before they walk on that stage to perform for thousands of fans. Pick up your copy of Rolling Stone today to read this insightful article.

C. Taylor Crothers for Rolling Stone

C. Taylor Crothers for Rolling Stone

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Adam Lambert Interviews in Cleveland

by on Aug.25, 2009, under All About Adam, Interviews

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Here are a couple of interviews with Adam Lambert from Cleveland. It’s good to see Adam back in the press circuit. During the first interview conducted by Q104 radio, Adam is asked many of the same questions we have heard before. But in the interviewer’s defense, he did ask his Q104 listeners on twitter for questions. I’m thinking there are many people interested in Adam that may not have seen every interview he has done. Anyway, Adam’s laughter in this interview is contagious and that alone makes this one worth while. At the end of the interview, Adam gets the opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about his throat and vocal chords and explains why he has had to pull back from some of the fan activities during the tour. Adam Lambert Interview with Q104 Cleveland

It’s interesting, if you look back at this interview with Adam in Utah, Adam talks about his biggest challenge on tour is to maintain his energy. Given Adam’s demanding set on tour, it should come as no surprise that something had to give. Adam also talks about wanting to spend time with his fans.

Adam Lambert\'s Interview with Desert News in Utah

During this next interview with John Soeder (Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic), Adam talks about what he does during his occasional day off, the book he’s reading right now (which I found interesting), how he stays grounded, the many top name producers, song writers, and artists he’s working with on his new album which is beyond exciting, and Brian May from Queen. When asked about one of new songs featured on the new sci-fi film “2012″ (coming to theaters in November of this year), Adam won’t spill any details, but you can see his genuine excitement about his new music.

Adam Lambert Interview with John Soeder in Cleveland

Here’s what Brian May of Queen had to say about Adam’s new music. Very impressive! We know Adam has the support of his fans, but it’s very rewarding to hear the professionals in the business show their support in a big way.

“And I was privileged to hear a track that the guys have finished for Adam Lambert … a song for a forthcoming film, 2012. I have to say I was completely blown away … it’s truly sensational. In fact it’s so obviously a number one smash, any bookie would be mad to take bets on it. I am not kidding. I’m not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists … but Adam’s voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world. Its an awesome performance. No doubt about it. The world of Rock has a bright new star.” brianmay.com “Things I did in the City of Angels” Friday August 14.

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Outstanding Interview with Leila, Adam Lambert’s Mother

by on Aug.01, 2009, under All About Adam, Interviews

It’s not surprising that Leila, Adam Lambert’s mother, is so very proud of her son and is thrilled to be witnessing his dream come true. Leila Lambert speaks with the same refreshing candor as her son; it must run in the family. It’s no wonder that Adam remains grounded throughout his experience with stardom, he has so much love and support from his family and close friends.

Here’s an enlightening and heart warming interview with Leila Lambert from North County Times written by Pam Kragen. Leila answers many of the questions fans have been speculating about and also clears up some misconceptions. I have noticed time and time again how Adam is always so optimistic, he leads his life with such amazing positive energy.

photo courtesy of Leila Lambert

photo courtesy of Leila Lambert

Lambert’s No. 1 fan, his mom, gives the backstory on ‘Idol’ runner-up

If you want to know how much Adam Lambert’s life has changed since the “American Idol” finale two months ago, just ask his mom, Leila, who is moving to L.A. this summer to help her son manage his rapidly expanding career.

Adam Lambert —- who grew up in Rancho Penasquitos and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School —- is headlining the “American Idols Live!” tour, which arrives in San Diego on Saturday for a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena. The tour kicked off July 5 in Portland, Ore., and although this season’s “Idol” winner, Kris Allen, closes each concert with an acoustic set, it is runner-up Lambert who is stopping the show each night, and whom music critics are proclaiming a superstar-in-the-making.

Leila Lambert —- who took time out last week for a telephone interview while fielding offers on her Bay Area home —- said she’s flabbergasted by her 27-year-old son’s rapid rise to fame. All she ever wanted was for her son to be able to support himself financially. But with a Rolling Stone cover story, the tour, an album in production and a fast-growing global fan base already under his belt, the former North County resident said she thinks her days of mailing Trader Joe’s and Whole Food gift cards to her son, to ensure he’s not starving, are over.

As open, friendly and humble as her glam-rocker son, the onetime dental hygienist-turned-interior decorator shared some of her insights on a wide range of subjects including Adam’s childhood, his “Idol” journey, his homosexuality and flamboyant style, his ardent female fans, his oversharing in Rolling Stone, the tour and more.

Q: You got to see some of the tour’s first concerts over the weekend in the Bay area. What were they like?

A: The show is so great. Every “Idol” is in their own element and it is apparent they’re having the time of their lives. I had the opportunity to speak with each one of them and … they’re a bit tired but definitely having fun. I spoke with Adam about it and he said it’s tough but worthwhile. He loves being up onstage and so much appreciates the amazing response that he’s receiving from the audience.

Q: Several reviews I’ve read say about three-quarters of the audience appear to be there to see Adam, and they go crazy when he comes onstage. Is that true?

A: Just before Adam was to appear onstage,the crowd went wild. The energy was so powerful. I was asked last night by one of the fans “What was your favorite part?” and I would definitely say that as I stood there it appeared that everyone was on their feet. Watching Adam perform, I took a moment to do a 360-degree turn to take in the crowd and realized at that moment that Adam’s dream had come true. He was singing “Starlight” and I just started to cry. That was my favorite moment.

Q: Tell me about your move to L.A.

A: I’m moving because of Adam. He thought it would be great for me to start a new life in L.A. I will be working for him. I’m not sure what I’ll do. I’ll help with the fan mail, I think, and we’ll play it by ear. I think I’ll just be a mom; that’s always been the best job in the world.

Q: Won’t that be strange working for your son?

A: No, it’ll be easy. We’re very close, but we won’t live together. He doesn’t need his mommy living with him, I’m quite sure. But there are a lot of things I could help him with because he’s not going to be around a lot. The hardest part for me is moving. I love my house and it’s hard to give it up, but I’m totally amazed that he wants me there. He wants me to be a part of it, and to meet the people he’s meeting. There aren’t a lot of kids out there who would want that. I’m so blessed. He’s got a really big heart.

Q: I’ve heard he wants to buy a house?

A: Yes, the poor kid has been living in a hotel for so long and he’ll be on the road all summer. What I’d love to do is help him find a place and get it ready, so as soon as the tour is over he’ll have a real home when he gets back.

Q: How has Adam’s life changed since the finale?

A: It’s been wonderful for him with so many opportunities. But he’s just so busy now. I hardly hear from him except a text or two here and there. He’ll have to give up a good deal of his privacy, but that goes with the territory.

Q: What was the ‘Idol’ experience like for you?

A: It was so fun for all of us to be together and enjoy the ride (the family includes Adam’s dad and Leila’s ex-husband, Eber Lambert of San Diego, and brother Neil Lambert, a 24-year-old aspiring journalist in New York). I was there every week, traveling back and forth. That was a little tough, but I wouldn’t have missed it for a minute. Also, the notoriety of it is kind of fun. I’ve been recognized a few times and I consider that an honor and a compliment.

Q: What was the best part of the experience?

A: All of it, but I guess it was after it was over and “20/20″ was doing a story on Adam. We were riding in a car somewhere and Neil and Adam were on the phone together, and when they were ready to hang up, they said “I love you” to each other. They hadn’t been unbelievably close because of distance, but this whole experience brought them closer together. For a mom to hear that, it was really amazing.

Q: What was the worst part of the experience?

A: There wasn’t really a bad part. It’s all been pretty great.

Q: But what about when the racy photos (of him in drag and kissing another man) flooded the Internet a few weeks into the competition?

A: I have a ritual of “Googling” Adam every morning when I get up and every night before I go to bed.

I’d seen those photos before and I’d told him to get the stuff off the Internet after he made it through the auditions. But there was one place he forgot (a social networking page for fans of the free-spirited Burning Man festival). I remember going on the Internet one morning and seeing these photos and saying to myself there’s no way this is ever going to be able to fly. He’s history.

I remember I couldn’t reach him so I called his dad, and then when I finally got Adam on the phone, he wasn’t upset at all. He said, “You know, Mom, it is what it is. Whatever happens, happens. I don’t care.” The “Idol” people said, “Do what you want to do and we’ll support it.” And Adam just said, “I’m not going to give a dissertation on it, we’ll just go with the flow.”

Q: Surprisingly, the photos and the questions about his sexuality didn’t seem to slow him down at all.

A: No, in fact Adam thought it was funny that there were pictures of him online kissing girls, too, so there was some mystery that he enjoyed.

Q: Were you nervous every time he sang on “Idol”?

A: Not that he wouldn’t perform well, because he has that gift and ability to do that well. But there were times I was worried that he’d picked the wrong song. Like when he did “Ring of Fire” (performed during “Country Week” in a sitar-heavy psychedelic style). That was risky. I didn’t like it because it was eerie and strange.

Q: I remember the horrified look on Randy Travis’s face.

A: You should’ve seen his wife’s face. It was 10 times worse.

Q: Did you think he went too far with the provocative nature of his performances?

A: Yes, I definitely thought he was pushing the envelope. I told him he needed to appeal to middle America, and he said, “I’m not going to do the Cheez Whiz and compromise.”

Q: But he did switch gears after “Ring of Fire,” putting on a suit, combing back his hair and singing “Tracks of My Tears” like Frank Sinatra during Motown Week.

A: When I saw him come out in that suit, I couldn’t believe it. He knew exactly what he was doing. He was mixing things up and showing people another side.

Q: Was there a point in the competition where you thought your son just might win this thing?

A: No, I just took it week by week and didn’t think beyond that. In fact, I had been coming down only on Tuesdays for the competition, but as time went by I started staying down through Wednesdays because if he got voted off, I wanted to be there to console him.

Q: There were rumors of a rift or rivalry between Adam and third-place finisher Danny Gokey. Any truth to that?

A: Absolutely not. That’s a myth. They’re good friends.

Q: When it came down to the finale between Adam and Kris, was there any sense of competition between them?

A: No, they have developed an amazing friendship. Adam and Kris will be friends forever. Neither one of them has a mean bone in his body, and they are so supportive of each other.

Q: And I’ve read that you and Kris’ mom have become friends.

A: I was so happy that our families got along so well. The night after the finale was my birthday and the Allens came to my birthday party, not just Kris and his wife, but his brother and his parents. We’re also planning to meet up at one of the tour stops this summer and go see the concert together. When the Rolling Stone article came out (featuring Lambert lying on his back with a large python coiled near his crotch), she called me and said, “I love your son but I don’t like the Rolling Stone cover, only because I don’t like snakes.”

Q: Landing the Rolling Stone cover was quite a coup.

A: Adam was blown away that they came to him with that, because he didn’t win the competition and he didn’t have a hit record out. He thought it was amazingly cool. It was his idea to pose with the snake. At first he wanted to have an apple and a snake but he thought that would offend people, so he just went with the snake. What was really neat about it was that after it came out, you couldn’t find a copy anywhere because it was mostly sold out.

Q: The Rolling Stone article was very in-depth, and Adam didn’t hold a lot back on his drug and sexual experiences. Was that hard for you to read as a mom?

A: That was extremely hard. Everything in the article that was negative jumped out at me. I wanted him to be a little more discreet. Ever since he was 17, I’ve been telling him to be discreet. Not everyone needs to know your business. But he is very honest and open, and that’s just Adam being Adam.

Q: It was in the Rolling Stone article when Adam confirmed to the world that he’s gay and that he came out to you first.

A: When he was 17, I went to a gay and lesbian center in Hillcrest to talk to a counselor and find out how to approach the subject with Adam, and they told me not to do it. One man there said he was 27 and still hadn’t told his parents. I couldn’t imagine that because Adam and I talked about everything, so I decided that I had to broach the subject, and it turned out to be the right decision. I’ve read on blogs and have read his fan letters where mothers have said “I have a son like your son, I think he’s gay, and I’m so amazed at how close you are to Adam.” Maybe the Rolling Stone article will open doors for parents to talk to their kids about the subject.

Q: Do you think him talking about experimenting with drugs sends the wrong message to kids?

A: Yes, I was upset about that. I told him “You have these 13-year-old fans and their parents want you to be a role model. How is that going to look to them?” And he said: “I didn’t say I DO drugs, I said I DID drugs.” And maybe it’s a good avenue for parents to talk about drugs with their kids.

Q: Although he’s openly gay, much of his fan base is women who call themselves “glamberts” and are romantically obsessed with him. What does he think of that?

A: He finds it very flattering. He says “I like to flirt, and I flirt with women all the time.” I think the attraction is that he’s so likable. He’s got fans from 8 to 80, from little girls to grandmas. I’ve read the fan letters. They’re so sincere. It’s endearing how they reach out and how they love him and can’t get enough of him.

Q: Going back to his childhood, Adam said in an interview that when he was growing up in Rancho Penasquitos that he was a “hyper kid” who got into musical theater to channel his energy.

A: No, he wasn’t hyperactive, but during a checkup when he was little, I did ask his doctor about Adam’s behavior because he was just nonstop. The doctor said “No, he’s not hyper, he’s precocious. He’s just very aware of everything around him.”

Q: When Adam’s singing voice began to develop, was there ever a point where you thought, “Oh my gosh, my son is going to be a star some day”?

A: No, I never took anything for granted. I would compare him to the other kids and I could see that he could sing better than some others, but I never looked at him as being so unique. There was never a point where I thought, “He’s going to make it and he’ll never have any worries.”

Q: One of his musical theater teachers described you as the perfect theater parent, but not a stage mom.

A: I supported him and his brother Neil (who also performed when he was young) 101 percent, so did their father, but I didn’t get overly involved. I did fundraising dinners and helped out behind the scenes, but I didn’t sneak into rehearsals like some of the other parents.

Q: He started performing when he was 10 years old. Was it a good foundation for where he is today?

A: It was unbelievably competitive, and his teacher was so tough on the kids. It broke my heart hearing some of the brutal things he would say to the boys, but both of my boys say it helped them in so many ways.

Q: After Adam graduated from Mt. Carmel, he went away to Cal State Fullerton, but that didn’t last long …

A: He was in college for three weeks, but he didn’t even go to class. He called me and said, “Mom, college is not for me,” and that he’d gotten a job as a lead singer on a cruise ship for a year. I wasn’t sure about it, but he was the youngest person to ever get a lead role on Holland America and it would allow him to see the world in a structured environment. When he came home from that, he was 19 years old and he said, “I’m moving to L.A.”

Q: His musical theater years in “Wicked,” “The Ten Commandments” and other shows have been well-documented, but were there some pretty lean times for Adam?

A: When he first moved up there, he found this apartment and it was so awful. We went up to help him move and there were bugs everywhere. I opened a curtain and the window was completely cracked. I remember I cried all the way home that day because it was a very scary place.

Q: Did he ever get depressed or say he wanted to throw in the towel?

A: He was always committed. I never heard him say, “I can’t do this anymore.” He just kept saying that maybe he hadn’t been in the right place at the right time, or maybe he needed to move to New York.

Q: Adam’s “guyliner” and glam-rock look gets a lot of attention. When did he start experimenting with his look?

A: He was always experimented with his hair. I remember one time he came down the stairs after a bad home dye job and his hair was carrot orange. We had to call his friend Danielle’s mother, who’s a hairstylist, for a hair emergency. When he first dyed his hair black several years ago I thought it was too dark, but now I can’t imagine him any different.

Q: What about the nail polish?

A: He’s been wearing nail polish for several years. I remember one time at Thanksgiving my stepdad and his wife were coming over for dinner and I asked Adam if maybe he could take it off, but he wouldn’t do it.

Q: One thing that is new is the tattoo on his wrist.

A: Yes, it’s the eye of Horus and he says it means protection. When he was 16 he wanted a tattoo. He wanted to have the Cantonese word for “creative” tattooed on him. I told him, you don’t need to label yourself to be creative. Instead, I got a canvas and got a neighbor to spell out the word in Cantonese, and I painted it for him and gave it to him for his 17th birthday. He still has it in his bedroom.

Q: Will there be more tattoos?

A: Yes, he wants more.

Q: Looking back on the past seven months, what’s the one thing about Adam that you’re most proud of?

A: I’m so blown away by how well he conducts himself in interviews. He always seems to say the right thing. And a mom always loves to hear people say how impressed they are with his ability to be a true, real person and how sincere he is when he talks to people. He doesn’t love TMZ or the paparazzi, but he loves his fans.

Q: Did Adam’s fans recognize you at the concert last weekend?

A: I was surprised how many people actually recognized me, congratulated me and asked to have their picture taken with me during intermission. I loved how genuine and supportive they all were. I could really feel the love for Adam, and it was heartwarming. I am a very lucky mom, and so proud. Adam has found his place. by Pam Kragen, North County Times

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