Powerhouse vocalist Alex Newell
Gay singer talks life on the road, gender and Beyonce
Maybe Alex Newell’s star-making moment – the “Dreamgirls” showstopper “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” which the 23-year-old gloriously belted out on “The Glee Project” before nabbing a spot on Fox’s “Glee” – was meant to be. After all, as a fiery kid in church choir, Newell was not about to let some lesser singer steal any church-choir solos from him. To get his point across, he would scream “at the top of my lungs.” He would throw things. Until that solo was his, no, Newell was not going.
With a new EP, “Power,” to his name, Newell opens up about his reputation as a diva, being mistaken as transgender and his meltdown over nearly missing out on singing a “Sister Act” song.
Which church solo are you most proud of stealing?
What was that stupid song that I wanted... oh my god, yes! It was “Oh Happy Day” from “Sister Act.” I wanted that solo and they gave it to some-