- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
Breakout Glee star Alex Newell, who plays Wade “Unique” Adams on the Fox series, has signed with Atlantic Records, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
Newell will continue his relationship with Glee executive music producer Adam Anders, whose Deep Well Records imprint will release Newell’s debut album.
PHOTOS: ‘Glee’ Season Five in Pictures
“While working with Alex on Glee, I immediately realized how broad and unique his talent was and knew that he would be a great addition to the Deep Well/Atlantic Records family,” said Anders.
Added Craig Kallman, chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records: “Alex is such an undeniable talent with one of the most unique and distinct voices I’ve heard in a long time.”
The 21-year-old Massachusetts native was discovered on the first season of Oxygen’s The Glee Project, on which he finished as the runner-up. Though Newell initially was cast on Glee for just a two-episode arc, he quickly proved to be a fan favorite and was upped to series regular for the musical dramedy’s current fifth season. Newell also is featured in the upcoming Huffington Pictures film Geography Club, out Nov. 15.
“I am thrilled to join this new family and take another step in my career,” said Newell. “Singing is my passion and to now have the opportunity to make my own music is a dream come true! I can’t thank my new Atlantic and Deep Well family enough for welcoming me with open arms.”
Watch below as Newell performs a snippet of Jennifer Hudson‘s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
iHeartRadio Music Awards: Taylor Swift Honored With Innovator Award, Harry Styles Among Top Winners
Jonathan Majors Arrested and Charged With Assault, Lawyer Says Actor Is “Completely Innocent”
Jeremy Renner Shares Video Walking on Anti-Gravity Treadmill After Snowplow Accident: “Time for My Body to Rest and Recover”