Glee’s Alex Newell Is Owning Dance Music

Newell channels Sylvester in new dance hit “Kill The Lights.”

Alex Newell rose to fame as the fierce Unique on Glee, where he belted his heart out in a bevy of memorable show-stoppers. Since his fabulous turn on the show, Newell’s been busy at work on his music career, which has seen him getting cozy with some of the most current and popular groups on the electronic music scene.

Newell began focusing on his music in earnest in early 2015 when he provided featured vocals for the re-issue of Clean Bandit’s song “Stronger,” which helped to establish him as a serious musical force that could thrive outside of Glee’s choir room.

This collaboration led to work with Russian DJ Matvey Emerson (in a disco-house stylization of Robin S.’s “Show Me Love”), British duo Blonde (featured vocals in their song “All Cried Out”) and a stunning feature in The Knocks’ “Collect My Love.”

At the end of 2015, Newell decided to get serious about creating his own music, which resulted in the February 2016 release of his debut EP, Power.

Produced by legends Diane Warren and Nile Rodgers, the EP is absolute fire. As its name suggests, Power features five tracks that perfectly showcase Newell’s powerful and agile voice as it soars above a tangle of thumping disco beats. It’s an emboldening and euphoric debut and is quickly taking the world of electronic music by storm.

A sampling of some of our favorite tracks off the EP:

“Basically Over You (B.O.Y.)”

“This Ain’t Over”

“Nobody To Love”

Upon the release of Power, Newell signed up to tour with Adam Lambert, who he met when Lambert guest-starred on Glee. The tour got its start last in LA last week and has been received positively by audiences and critics alike.

Aside from the EP and the tour, Newell had been working with DJ Cassidy on a disco-injected song for HBO’s Vinyl. The track, “Kill The Lights” debuted April 8 and solidifies Newell as a major new voice in popular music.

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