Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's Life Been Like for Lee DeWyze Since Winning American Idol? PLUS, a Rare Acoustic Performance of Lee's New Single "Beautiful Like You"!!




Lee DeWyze Speaks Candidly About Life After 'Idol'


What's Life Been Like for Lee DeWyze Since Winning American Idol?
Lee DeWyze Speaks Candidly About Life After Idol
The Season 9 winner opens up about his "upsetting" album release day, telling THR's Idol Worship: "There were so many things going against it."

Lee DeWyze has achieved an extraordinary feat: he won American Idol during one of its toughest seasons ever -- not just in terms of the competition, which was formidable, as always, but because he also had to battle apathetic judges, viewer fatigue and slipping ratings. Somehow, Lee not only survived American Idol Season 9, he thrived, transforming from a reserved former paint salesman to a star on America’s biggest stage.

The euphoria lasted until November 23, 2010, when, after a week of mixed emotions, Lee saw his debut album, Live It Up, chart at a respectable No. 19, only to be derided in the same breath for its low (by Idol standards) sales -- as far as the rest of the music business is concerned, 39,000 units moved is a good week!

Last week marked Lee’s first return to the Idol stage since winning Season 9. And perhaps in being reminded what he had truly accomplished, Lee sat down with Idol Worship and spoke candidly for the first time about that roller coaster record release week and life after Idol.

THR: The Idol experience, especially for a winner, can make you feel like a hamster running on a wheel. When were you finally able to stop and take a breather?

Lee DeWyze: People use the world whirlwind a lot, and it really was. It was just out of control -- almost like you don't remember it. When it was over, I didn't know what was next. I was like, "What do I do now?" Going back home and seeing the family was awesome, but I got back in the swing of things really quickly with recording the album.

THR: How did your family handle Idol?

DeWyze: I think they handled it well. It was definitely difficult at times. It was pressure for them, too -- now they're the parents of this kid that's on American Idol. It was interesting for them. They're very humble, normal people so it was more fun than anything.

THR: How did it feel to be back in the Idol studio?

DeWyze: It was awesome. It felt more like playing a gig with my band than going up as a contestant. You're finally doing your own thing, playing your own music -- getting to that point is a really great place to be. I had a couple flashbacks here and there, but it wasn't a bad feeling. It was more like, "I remember what this was like."

THR: The set is different…

DeWyze: It's very different. I like it way better, actually. It felt more like a stage, like a place I'd want to perform. The other one was like a backdrop and here's 60 feet of floor. Now, it's got a dynamic to it, it's got shape, there's an audience of people surrounding you. It feels like you're in a venue.

THR: What didn’t you miss about that building?

DeWyze: Waiting around for performances, sound checks and things like that. What I did miss were the people behind the scenes.

THR: What was your impression of the new judges?

DeWyze: They're doing great. I think that they're really finding themselves as judges. And the niceness slowed down a bit, I noticed. They were real fluffy at first, and now it's a little more direct.

THR: It’s like a feather's touch compared to your season. They were harsh!

DeWyze: On our season, they tore it up. They really didn't hold back at all and I think a lot had to do with it being Simon Cowell's last year. It was just, like, “Let's do whatever the f--- we want, let's just tear them down.” But I got through it. I'm okay with where I'm at, and I'm happy I went on the show when I did… . It was a wild ride, but now it's all about real music.

THR: Of course, most people judge the success of a music career on album sales. Was your release week kind of ruined because you couldn’t just take pride in the accomplishment?

DeWyze: Definitely. It was interesting. They didn't release the album on time [because] there was some sort of a mix-up at iTunes -- it was supposed to be out at midnight, it didn't get released until three in the afternoon -- and just as it’s about to come out, the Beatles release their full catalog. So it was like, "Wow. Really?" Almost every album above mine was the Beatles, which is cool, but I got a lot of flack.

People wanted to bash on me and I was, like, “I don't really f---ing care.” I don't. I'm gonna do what I do because I love doing it and for the people that like my music. So for me, the album release wasn't my best day. It was pretty upsetting. Not because of where it was or how much it sold, there were just so many things going against it…

It's easy to sit behind a computer and blog about how much you hate somebody. It's my job to get out there and perform, and it's their job to try to tear people down.

THR: Were you able to talk to the Season 10 contestants? Maybe offer some advice?

DeWyze: Yeah, I got to hang with them for ten minutes. They were really inquisitive. They asked me a lot of questions like, “How did you feel every week?,” and “What's it like when the show's over?” My advice to them was, "Just remember why you auditioned in the first place: you love music. And if that's really what you're in this for. No matter what happens, you'll still be playing, one way or another. Small venues, big venues, whatever. And you have a lot to look forward to in your careers, so don't look at this as the be-all, end-all." That's what I did. I looked at it like, "If I go home, I go home. If I don't, I don't.” I'm still as happy with my life no matter what happened. You can't look at it as if, "This is it. This is my life.” Because it’s not.

THR: Although the words American Idol will be attached to your name forever.

DeWyze: Which is okay. I like that I stand for something like American Idol which helps musicians and artists get out there. It's important to have shows like Idol because it's so hard to get into the music industry nowadays – nearly impossible.

THR: Season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart is from Wheeling, Illinois, not too far from your hometown of Mt. Prospect. Coincidence?

DeWyze: It must be something in that Midwest water. [Laughs] I'm hoping the best for her. I've seen a bit of the shows here and there, and I've got my eye on a few of them, like Casey [Abrams], Pia [Toscano] and Haley; they would be my three.

THR: Your album is called Live It Up, have you been able to?

DeWyze: A little bit, but a lot of my time has been work. Living it up for me is just enjoying life. That's really what the album is about: experiencing life, examining relationships… The new single "Beautiful Like You" is a song that I relate to so well and I can sing from a very honest place.

THR: Is there a lyric you’re especially proud of on this record?

DeWyze: "You've only got one life, live it up darling." I love that line because it speaks to everybody. It’s saying: just do it. Whatever your dreams are, if you're in love, just go for it and have fun doing it. And then it goes on to say every second that passes you by is just wasting time. You can sit on your ass for years saying, "I want to do this," but until you actually get up and try, it's like, "what are you doing?"

Lee also treated us to a special acoustic performance of his new single "Beautiful Like You," which, following his Idol performance, saw an 8,000-plus percent boost (Live it Up also re-entered the Billboard 200 chart on March 23, coming in at No. 96). See video below...

Source: THR by Shirley Halperin

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lee DeWyze Debuts his NEW Single "Beautiful Like You" LIVE on American Idol

American Idol Season 9 champion Lee DeWyze debuts his latest single "Beautiful Like You" on the Idol Top 12 Results Show. This is the second single from Lee's chart-topping album Live It Up. The first single, "Sweet Serendipity," premiered on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on October 13, 2010.

After winning Season 9 of American Idol on May 27, 2010, DeWyze signed a recording contract with 19 Entertainment and RCA Records. He started recording soon after and continued during the American Idols LIVE! Tour and completed in early October 2010, releasing the album November 16, 2010. He worked with Toby Gad, John Shanks, Espionage, and other producers. Lee DeWyze co-wrote ten of the eleven songs on Live It Up. He explained about the album and work:

"To see my name listed in the credits on each song was really important to me because I’m a songwriter. I also loved working with such talented writers. They all brought so much to the table and really helped me flesh out my sound. I grew up listening to Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas & The Papas, Cat Stevens, and Kris Kristofferson. I love hard-edged vocals over pretty melodies — that’s what I’m about.″



Lee DeWyze's Pre-American Idol Albums












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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Watch Lee DeWyze's New VIDEO "Sweet Serendipity" and Order New ALBUM NOW!!!!

Lee DeWyze's 'Sweet Serendipity' Music Video Debuted

Lee DeWyze has got his first music video, which was filmed to support his debut single "Sweet Serendipity", made available for viewing pleasure. It features him and his love interest walking through the streets in separate scenes. He is walking at night, while she wanders on her own during the day.

"Sweet Serendipity" is the lead single from DeWyze's upcoming studio album "Live It Up" which is slated for November 16 U.S. release. It actually was not the first choice for a lead single. He previously planned to release title track of the album, but changed it few hours before the release.

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, DeWyze explained why he changed his mind, saying he felt that "Sweet Serendipity" is the one in the album that stood out the most. Both songs actually have some similar "Jason Mraz vibes," but "Live It Up" is a bit more sleepy than "Serendipity".



Don't forget to add Lee's pre-American Idol albums ~ Slumberland and So I'm Told ~ to your music collection!!

AND, pre-order "Farmer's Daughter" by Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

TODAY = OPERATION ALBUM SPIKE!! PRE-ORDER LEE'S ALBUM TODAY plus Lee DeWyze Dishes on His “Very Chill” Debut Album ~ Interview + Video!















Neon Limelight Interview: American Idol Champ Lee DeWyze Dishes On “Very Chill” Debut Album
by TJ

American Idol Champ Lee DeWyze On Debut Album


With the lights, cameras, and judges from American Idol in the past, the show’s ninth season champ, Lee DeWyze, is feeling like himself as a performer again. Known on the show for being the shy guy rocker, Lee has reverted back to using his confident swagger on stage as he performs around the country on the American Idols Live! tour this summer. The pressure of performing is off.

But there’s a new pressure: putting together his debut album. Lee was mum on who he’s working with on the already-in-progress album when we caught up with him backstage at the Idol’s Live tour stop in Baltimore, MD this past weekend, but we managed to get a few tidbits about the set’s overall sound and how it will represent him.

See what he told us about the album, his favorite part about touring, and which past Idol contestant he’d duet with if given the chance in our exclusive interview below:

Neon Limelight: Seeing how you won, you probably wouldn’t go back and do anything different, but now that you’ve had the chance to go back and see what you did well and what you could have improved on, if you could go back and mentor yourself, what would you tell yourself?

Lee DeWyze: I feel like when I went on the show, in the beginning — before the show, I knew who I was and I was myself — when I went on the show, everything was just jumbled for me. It was kind of I had to relearn how to do everything. It was really bizarre. Towards the end of the show I started falling into my groove again. And now that the show’s over and I’m doing the live stuff again, I’m back to being me. If anything I would tell myself to not be as nervous and just sing and not worry about it, but other than that, I’m kind of happy. I did what I could.

NL: Do you still get those nerve when you’re about to go on stage.

LD: Nope.

NL: Not at all?

LD: Nope!

NL: That’s awesome!

LD: I played for four years before I ever went on American Idol, so it was never about being nervous to play live, it was just about the cameras and the judges. It was all so bizarre to me. Now that that’s all over, I’m just having fun and doing my thing again.

NL: You’ve done live shows–

LD: Not like this!

NL: Of course! But what’s the biggest surprise about touring so far?

LD: That I can actually sleep on the bus! I didn’t think I’d be able to actually fall asleep on the bus but I can.

NL: Do you get good baby sleep or is it bumpy?

LD: No, when I fall asleep on the bus, I’m out. I’m out like a light. So I’m happy I can sleep on the bus.

NL: What’s your favorite part of the live show you guys do on the tour?

LD: Seeing the fans. Seeing the fans support and seeing them come out the way they do is awesome, it’s unbelievable. They’re the ones who voted us to where we got and supported us throughout the show and are gonna buy albums and go to concerts and be part of what we’re doing. Those are the people I want to thank and do this for. That’s why I’m doing this.

NL: What you gotten the chance to think about what your album will be like and have you started it?

LD: I’ve already started. It’s gonna be like a whole rock/pop sort of deal. It’s gonna be very chill rock, a little harder stuff. It’s gonna be my vibe — stuff I would have done from day one [and] what I’ve always done. It’s gonna be awesome.

NL: Who are you working with, like writers and producers?

LD: I can’t tell you. [grins]

NL: Fine!

LD: I wish I could or I would. I would tell you for sure.

NL: It’s fine! I understand. So, if you could duet with any past Idol contestant, who would it be?

LD: That’s a good questions. Including this season?

NL: Not this season.

LD: Probably Carrie Underwood. She’s got like a really beautiful, pretty voice and I’ve got like a harder, rougher voice, so I think it would be kind of cool to put those two together.

NL: Yeah, I think they would compliment each other well.

LD: Yeah, it would be really cool. So, Carrie Underwood.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010