Alex Newell's 'Mama Told Me' Is A Musical Homage To Biological And Chosen Mothers

Written by on May 7, 2020

Alex Newell bought an early begin to Mom’s Day this week with an anthemic celebration of maternal love. 

On Wednesday, the actor and singer unveiled the video for “Mama Instructed Me,” his newest dance-pop single. To create it, he known as in just a few well-known associates ― together with his “Glee” co-star Amber Riley, in addition to Adam Lambert and Laverne Cox ― to share heartwarming photographs of themselves with their mothers over time. 

Newell, who’s gender-nonconforming and makes use of the pronouns “he” and “him,” mentioned the observe is meant to be a self-affirming and well timed tribute to mom figures, each organic and chosen. The video doesn’t outline “moms” as completely feminine, both, and encompasses a homosexual male couple who gaze lovingly upon their youngsters. 

“My father died once I was 6, so I used to be raised by my mother,” he informed HuffPost in an e-mail. “I paid homage to what she did for me and what motherhood is – instilling positivity into a baby it doesn’t matter what age, sharing knowledge, nurturing them, comforting them.”

“I additionally needed to put in writing an anthem for the home mothers we now have within the LGBTQ neighborhood, adoptive mothers and anybody who’s a maternal determine and nurturer,” he added.

Watch the “Mama Instructed Me” video under.  

Newell, finest recognized to audiences as Wade “Distinctive” Adams on “Glee,” has had a prolific 2020 so far. In January, he returned to community TV in NBC’s acclaimed musical dramedy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” additionally starring Skylar Astin and Jane Levy. He adopted that up a month later with the discharge of “Boy, You Can Maintain It,” his first solo single in 4 years.  

The 27-year-old has additionally established himself as a formidable presence on the New York stage as of late. In 2017, he made his Broadway debut within the Tony-winning revival of “As soon as on This Island.” Previous to the coronavirus outbreak, he carried out at Carnegie Corridor in “I’m Each Girl: Divas on Stage” with the New York Pops and starred in a live performance staging of the musical “Joseph and the Wonderful Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

“I don’t suppose who I’m [has] ever been represented on any platform aside from me,” Newell informed HuffPost in February. “I’ve made this lane for myself in a method. My function is to teach.”

“I’m a workaholic within the strongest sense,” he continued. “I like to complain about working — that’s how a lot I really like working. However all the pieces is now very streamlined as to what I need out of my profession and my life.” 


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