American Idol Lee DeWyze’s Live It Up Album

Last May, Lee DeWyze thrilled millions of fans when he was crowned the Season 9 winner of American Idol. Now this self-taught singer, songwriter, and guitarist is all set to release his debut album, Live It Up, on November 16 on 19 Recordings/RCA Records.

Lee’s first single “Live It Up” will debut ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ October 13.

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“Putting out an album on a major label is truly a dream come true,” says 24-year-old DeWyze, a native of Mount Prospect, IL, who had built up a sizeable following on the Chicago club scene when he first auditioned for Idol in June 2009 at the urging of his bandmates.

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Working with top-notch collaborators such as Toby Gad, John Shanks, and Espionage, to name a few, DeWyze co-wrote most of the songs on Live It Up, which he recorded while on the road over the summer with the American Idols Live Tour.

According to RCA Records, Live It Up is an engaging blend of rootsy pop, rock and folk, anchored by DeWyze’s soulful, rough-edged voice and bright-sounding acoustic guitar.

“I grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel, The Mamas & the Papas, Cat Stevens, and Kris Kristofferson,” DeWyze says.

“I love hard-edged vocals over pretty melodies — that’s what I’m about. I really admire guys like Dave Matthews and Ray LaMontagne, and to now be on the same record label as them — it just blows my mind.”

More details about Live It Up will be announced soon, says RCA Records. For more about Lee, you can visit

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Rakesh Raman