By Amanda Wicks
In the wake of Orlando’s tragic mass shooting, many artists have shared their condolences by way of songs and tributes. Adam Lambert is taking things one step further by releasing a new video for “Welcome to the Show” featuring Lelah. The project is less a tribute to Orlando specifically, and more a tribute to those who boldly live their lives every day.
Lambert co-directed the video with his friend, photographer Lee Cheery. “[‘Welcome to the Show’] is an anthem about facing exactly who you are and OWNING it. It’s intended as a mantra to inspire strength and PRIDE,” he wrote, according to Billboard.
He added, “I’ve seen so many people trapped by the identity they put so much effort into maintaining, or shunned by choosing not to. I have fallen into that trap myself. True Individuality seems daunting in our age of social media popularity contests. Sometimes it’s terrifying to face your true, whole self, stripped of any pretense. The good, the bad, the cracks, and the scars. I am no stranger to the feeling of not liking myself. Once I get past my own body image issues, I realize that I sometimes also neglect my own spirit. Living in a world filled with so much hatred sometimes makes cultivating self-love a very difficult task.”
The video was shot largely in black and white with brief flares of color before everything transitions to full on color at the song’s most emotional moment. Lambert appears fully dressed as well as bare chested, as if what he’s sharing is something he’s not only getting off his chest but which also exposes his identity.
“Welcome to the show/ Bring on the lights/ Let it shine on you/ We’re together here tonight/ Welcome to the show/ Welcome to my life,” he and Lelah sing on the anthemic chorus. Watch below.