Unique New Werq: “Glee’s” Alex Newell Lands A Record Deal


And we are telling you he’s not going.

Alex Newell, who plays trans student Wade “Unique” Adams on the Fox series Glee, has just inked a record deal with Atlantic Records. Newell will release his debut album on Deep Well Records, the imprint of Glee‘s executive music producer Adam Anders who seems very, very excited to have him.

“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.

A breakout star on the now defunct Glee Project, Newell was initially signed to a two-episode arc on Glee, but started appearing more when his character was well received, leading to a solid series regular role on the current season of the hit show.

A fan favorite, “Unique” specializes in sassy, soulful takes on divalicious classics on Glee, and Newell has been known to sing the hell out of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” while touring pride events across the country.  For now though, the focus is on Glee and his first album.

“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.”

In case you need reminding about how amazing Alex is, strap on your boogie shoes for his disco-ferverish take on the KC & The Sunshine Band classic from when Glee was still relatively watchable:

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  • DickGreenleaf

    I loathed KC and the Sunshine band, but THIS I liked

  • balehead

    Alex is brilliant!! congratulations!!

  • B Damion

    So..so..happy for him. This couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

    I wish him the very best. he has such a wonderful spirit about him.

  • Cam

    I was kind of stunned when I heard him sing part of “Blow me one last kiss” by Pink and he nailed the high part. Most women singers would have trouble with that. Glad he’s getting some play.

  • iBLOW

    So is he going to preform as a trans singer or himself?

  • Kangol

    Good for Alex! Sing, girl, saaang!

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  • manonyme

    it’s really a non starter with this kid. i didn’t watch the project show but would stop EVERYTHING just to hear the force with which he hit super-high notes. Brava!!!

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