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Artist of the Week: Lee DeWyze

June 07, 2010 07:09:20 GMT

Following his victory on 'American Idol', Lee DeWyze is ready to get back to work and make an album which he can be proud of.


Artist of the Week: Lee DeWyze
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From zero to hero, Lee DeWyze has now become the champion of "American Idol" season 9, winning a record deal with 19 Entertainment which signed him with RCA Records. This means the 24-year-old singer/songwriter doesn't have to fund his own album like he previously did. He is also surely to gain access in getting some acclaimed music makers help him in his first major-label album.

Noting that he still has a lot to prove, Lee who once worked as a paint salesman says he is ready to make a record that he can be proud of. "I think that's another misconception about 'American Idol,' is that once you go on there, you're forced to do this or forced to wear that ... we're not. We get a lot of freedom and a lot of say," he told MTV.

He explained more, "I'm sure there's going to be elements of pop somewhere in there, there always is, and elements of rock and a folky feel. I'm not trying to go out there and do something that's never been done. It's all been done ... and I think now, it's more or less an opportunity for people to show who they are through their music."

His first single which hit iTunes is a cover version of U2's "Beautiful Day". This is the first time an "Idol" winner has to cover other artists' song as a winning single. So, when the revamped song sold around 100,000 copies and couldn't crack the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100, Lee said, "You can't complain about that, regardless of what it is."

"This is the first season that we did a cover song for the finale, and that's obviously different from past seasons, whatever part that has to do with it. ... There [were] things presented, and, you know, that was the right song for the moment, I felt. And I'm glad I did it."

Lee DeWyze will hit the road with the other Top 10 of "American Idol" starting July 1. Most recently, he performed the National Anthem at the Los Angeles' Staples Center before NBA Finals between Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.

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posted by Chonda on Jun 12, 2010
Thanks for the Lee Dewyze update. What a classy, hard working guy. I couldn't be happier for him. And to listen to him sing is pure joy. What a singer.....
posted by Efsalem,or on Jun 07, 2010
Love slumberland cd. Can't stop listening to it. I think Lee is quite a talented artist. can't wait for the new album!
posted by Leah on Jun 07, 2010
Lee is Amazing and I can't wait for his album. He is such an inpiration and I wish his the best! Love you Lee!
posted by zsazsa on Jun 07, 2010
Love him so much. Can't wait for his album to come out.
posted by kw on Jun 07, 2010
Lee is very passionate about his music. Love his raspy voice. I know he will do well. I will be first in line to buy his CD!
posted by jules on Jun 07, 2010
He always have an emotional attachment to his music and is down-to-earth. It's true, we can't judge an artist's success only after the first single, especially someone who just started his major music career. There's a step-by-step process to it, and he even said that he wants to take as much time in carving his album so it'll sound great. I wish him the best with it.
posted by Nassau Bahamas on Jun 07, 2010
We love you lee make surre and come to the bahamas we have lovely sand and beach here lee good luck lee
posted by BAHAMAGIRL on Jun 07, 2010
LEE I ALWAYS THOUGHT FROM THE VERY FIRST START THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BE THE NEXT AMERICAN IDLE YOU WERE SO HUMBLE I WAS WITH YOU AND WISH YOU WELL I WOULD LOVE TO BUY YOUR ALBUM AM HERE IN THE BAHAMAS PULLING FOR YOU LEE LOVE YA.
posted by ronnie on Jun 07, 2010
have always liked Lee's voice, his singing, and his attitude... i wish him the very best professionally and lots of happiness!
posted by Gayle on Jun 07, 2010
Love Lee - great raspy voice! I really like that he is such a sincere/humble young man. Cute, too! I believe Lee is a very talented singer/songwriter/musician and am looking forward to all his music. I have his two WuLi label cds and they are great. Go Lee! You rock the house! Best of luck in your much-deserved music career.

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