Lee DeWyze Signs With Vanguard Records (VIDEO)

Lee DeWyze announced today via video, that he has been signed by Vanguard Records. “I feel blessed and honored to be on a label like Vanguard,” he said.

“I’ve never felt better about being in a place that I am right now.” said Lee, “I don’t think I could have asked for anything better.”

Vanguard is also home to artists such as Chris Isaak, Indigo Girls, Matt Nathanson and Merle Haggard.

“This is a huge step and a huge leap forward in what’s going to happen,” Lee added, “I can’t wait for you all to be there with me.”

Lee plans on releasing a single and album early this year. “You are all going to be pleasantly surprised when you hear this album,” Lee said. “I couldn’t be any more excited than I am right now.”

Lee had released Live it Up with 19R/Sony after his American Idol season 9 win, but was dropped the following year after slow sales and his singles failed to gain traction on radio.

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  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Oh, good for him! Judging from its roster, Vanguard will have an idea what to do with DeWyze, and the right contacts for implementing that idea.

  • Eileen99

    Congrats to Lee & his fans.  I agree the roster looks like a good place for him.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I am so happy for Lee. I hope this works out for him. I have a good feeling about this relationship.

  • http://twitter.com/YoyoSassy YoyoSassy

    I’ve got such a great feeling about this pairing. Lee is extraordinary and I can’t wait to see how this year unfolds for him.

  • Weebs787

    I do not know the answer to this, but is it a usual thing for dropped Idols to sign with a pretty well known label being after dropped? (At least well known to me!) I don’t recall many doing so. Good for Lee either way.

  • luly

    Congrats! It looks like the right label for him.

  • fantoo1

    Good for Lee! With him, Crystal, and Kellie P all getting signed to new labels, it shows your music life isn’t over after getting dropped. I think Kris, Haley, and Cook will all find new labels sooner than later.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    It probably depends on a lot of different factors. It looks to me, though, like this may be a better fit for Lee, given the existing roster.

  • gatorgirl5028

    I’m so happy for Lee & congrats to Vanguard Records. They just signed an amazing artist! Enjoyed watching his pure enthusiasm and contagious smiles in the video.  So very, very happy for him and can’t wait to get this new album as soon as it is released!

  • artemis112

    I’m so happy for Lee; this label is bound to be a better fit for his folk rock sound. I can’t wait for this album!

    jambajim: Congrats! I’m excited to hear what you’ll do there! Great pairing!

    (Maureen Van Zandt) MVZaGoGo: Congrats, Lee! You mentioned it when we saw you, and I’m so happy the deal is done. It’s a great label for you.

  • curly_yenta

    Good for Lee.  He deserves some success after the rotten treatment he’s gotten from Idol. Hope the partnership is fruitful for him.

  • b_james

    Wow, I’m really surprised by this.  Good for him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Wonderful news for Lee. I always had a soft spot for him just because the guy never ever had a real chance. I love the tone of his voice and I’m expecting a real comeback story. His future looks bright.

  • http://twitter.com/KarenWNewYork Karen W.

    So happy for Lee!   Oh boy. he is looking good…..very slim!   Can’t wait for his new music.  This label sounds like a great fit for him and his folk/rock music.

  • girlygirltoo

    Good for Lee. That label should be a much better fit for him than RCA. Congrats!

  • lovetheusa1776

    Great news – looking forward to his music.

  • waitingforthe1

    Good for him!!  shows that leaving one label doesn’t mean the end if you keep working on your music. 

  • Revstrom

    I’m listening to Greg Laswell (also of Vanguard) as I’m reading this.  I never liked Lee but this is amazing news. Congrats to him!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaugard.stevens Beaugard Stevens

    Great news for him, a real second chance, not many get that.

  • Valarie

    This is great news. RCA was not the right for many of the Idol grads, but they are not the only game in town.

  • http://twitter.com/kendalls4488 Sarah Kendall

    Lee DeWyze – I am so very thrilled for you in signing with Vanguard Records! Congratulations to you and to your amazing future! I am so proud to be part of your familee and couldn’t more proud of you! I am so looking forward to being part of your great future as the best artist of all!

  • wycheb

    I AM SO HAPPY FOR HIM. Lee is such a wonderful performer and all around good guy and he really deserves this opportunity. I have great hope that this company will be more supportive of a talented young singer songwriter than RCA was and that they will help guide him toward the success he’s been working so hard for. HURRY UP WITH THE NEW ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kmd23

    Good for Lee.

  • tigervixxxen

    Lee has been teasing this a while now but so glad the news is out. Can’t wait for the album release!

  • angiedb

    Fantastic! Congrats, Lee!

  • LongKissGoodnight

    We are headed into peculiar part of American Idol experience, a fair number of high-profile alumni  from resent years who lay claim to artistic vision and songwriting abilities have lost their post-show major label contracts and signed with indy. In theory now we should be able to see their true artistic colors without the meddling of Sony/19th people.
    Although Crystal has managed to record the album she wanted first time around even if at a cost of whatever good will the label had for her (I’m guessing not much).
    So this is one thing to be exited about.
    Another – we are going to see what % of this artists fanbase is going to show up for what I am presuming would be less advertised releases.
    So I am looking forward to checking out Crystal’s, Lee’s, Kellie P’s and of course James next albums trajectories, once they come out.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel DorkAngel-GBW

    What wonderfully good news. Congratulations, Lee!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MarshaAdams20 Marsha Adams

    So excited for Lee.  Can’t wait for some new music and hopefully appearances in Florida.  He is such a talented songwriter and finally he can be the artist he was meant to be. Love his heartfelt performances. Looking forward to the album

  • mmb

    This is great!  Good for Lee!  Sounds like this will be a good fit for him

  • Pippygirl

    Good for Lee! I hope it works out for him.

  • Karen C

    I’m so happy for Lee.  I’ve heard his new music and really liked it, so I’m glad he’s on a label.  

  • Caro3278sweet

    Excellent news. And a label that appears well suited for the type of music Lee excels in. I’m really excited to listen to his new stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/86madgrad CarrieR

    I’ve been hoping and praying that Lee would get the support and exposure he deserves.  Vanguard seems like such a good fit for him.  His excitement is contagious. Bring on the new music!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Aw, good for Lee!

  • MissMyEm

    I am far from the biggest Lee fan, but it always makes me glad to see a former Idol, who was never promoted by TPTB, sign with a label not related to the Sony or Interscope umbrella. Good for Lee. Congrats to him.

  • jennyl2

    Yay! Go Lee! Congratulations! It’s been a long wait but great things are worth the wait. :)

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    I don’t think it is possible to do less “advertisement” than RCA did for Lee.  

  • steph6449

    Congratulations to Lee and his fans. I have a feeling we may see at least a couple of AI alums signing with new labels this year, plus the products starting to come out from those who have already established new partnerships once their original AI contracts broke up.

  • parsenip

    Vanguard is also home to artists such as Chris Isaak, Indigo Girls, Matt Nathanson

    Looks like a great match.  I hope good things come his way now. 

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    So happy for Lee! I agree with all above who said Vanguard looks like a great fit for him, finally! Wuli was a little strange, although I love Slumberland so I have to give them some credit. RCA just did Lee wrong all around, although there are some great songs on Live It Up (Me & My Jealousy, Brooklyn Bridge, and A Song About Love topping my list.) I love the song he released for charity, Fight, so I’m looking forward to the new record, hopefully soon.

  • MellyPer1692

    Great for Lee!!! So excited for him! I bet Danny will be the next to make an announcement, he was close I think.

  • Miz

    Congrats to Lee! That is great news. I’ve heard good things about this label, and I think it’s a great fit.

    I’m always happy to see Idols get out from under the thumb of 19 and Sony.

  • shell29

    Good for Lee! Vanguard sounds like a better fit for him. I hope the next album will be a success.

  • steph6449

    I wouldn’t venture any guess on timing of an announcement from Danny as it’s been dragging on (and on and on…).  But it does still seem to be in the works. Possibly getting closer — he’s been putting concert videos up on his YT lately, trying to gear up again into public music mode after most of last year was behind the scenes and doing private gigs?

    Reportedly paperwork was with his lawyer before Thanksgiving though unclear if it is near finalization or what has been holding it up. Could be terms related to his non-profit or endorsements, reputed book deal, idk.  Danny’s also recently started to make some cryptic references to touring.  

    The only concrete detail that has come to light is that Danny had meetings and/or did some recording in Nashville with Keith Thomas, who produced some of Chris Mann’s album.

  • girlygirltoo

    Lee has been hinting about a new label for months now. Whether he thought he had a deal with another label that didn’t happen or whether he has been working the deal out with Vanguard for that long, who knows?

  • lucysfave

    How long has Lee been “teasing” about a new record deal?  Danny Gokey’s negotiating has been going on and on….

  • gatorgirl5028

    Lee sure is happy! I thought it was really telling that he said an announcement would be made at 3 pm EST today, but then couldn’t wait and posted the video 20 minutes early lol! His joy is infectious and I wish him nothing but the absolute best.

  • Haventsleptyet

    So happy for Lee! Many of us know just how talented he is both as a musician and a songwriter and that he deserves to have a career making music! It’s great that a record label like Vanguard saw thru the negative spin Lee got as a result of the poor handling of his album release by RCA and AI. I love the new songs Lee has already shared and can’t wait for the new album! 

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  • http://twitter.com/MelissaWill1 Melissa Will

    OMG So Happy for Lee DeWyze he is incredible.  This is going to be an amazing year for the Vanguard Label and Mr Lee DeWyze himself. He is truely Special and unlike anyone else. I flew 8,000 MILES round trip to see him LIVE. If i have more money i’d come see every show.  SO very proud of you LEE, keep it up Love you Melissa. ( AUSTRALIA)

  • wjmtv

    Chris Isaak’s label???

    *happydance happydance*

    Excellent. Congrats, babe. You deserve it.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    RE how long did it take Lee in his label search…I do remember him being interviewed around last New Year’s Eve/Day, meaning 2011 into 2012, that he had been speaking to a few labels, indies and majors. I’m glad Lee took his time to come up with a comfortable fit.

  • roarpen

    This is wonderful news. Congratulations to Lee. He has stayed positive and worked hard, and he is so deserving of this. Kudos to Lee. 

  • steph6449

    Good for Lee for sticking with it to an outcome he seems genuinely happy about. 

    But by that standard, Danny could have another 5 or 6 mos before announcing anything, omg lol.  He started to talk about having meetings with labels somewhere around last June, I think.  And seems to have narrowed in on one by October, at a guess.

  • blackberryharvest

    He seems to be in good company on that label.

  • Haventsleptyet

    You are so right! Lee really has stayed positive and is always sincerely grateful for the opportunities he has received and for his fans. 

  • tigervixxxen

    Lee has been working on the album for almost 2 years now. I’d say start of last year there was firm talk of an album and by last fall even more definite mention of a release was imminent. I think he knew before the holidays for sure and had to wait that out for timing purposes. So it is a process, there is just a lot of timing involved in getting everything right. I do think Idols would like to release during “Idol season” so things could pop up this spring for several people but if something concrete hasn’t been in the works a while I’d look to prob next Idol season.

  • hoosiermama2

    Lee looks so happy and I’m happy for him! Great news!

  • springboard2

    I liked Lee’s pre-idol music. I hoping that his new album will build on it, unlike his Sony album that I had rather not comment on.

  • linsmile

    I’m happy to hear happy news for Lee!  That’s great – good for him! 

  • teekee

    Congratulations and much success to Lee!

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Oh wow! People have really softened on Lee. I wish Lee the best but to me his voice is Karaoke with a capital K

  • Happyhexer

    I respectfully disagree that Lee sounds karaoke.  I don’t think Lee sounds the least bit karaoke on his pre-Idol music.  (Can’t comment on his RCA album as I didn’t listen to it.)  Lee has a wonderful tone to his voice, sounds very current, and has great phrasing.  He also appears to have a musical vision, as the songs on his pre-Idol CDs seem to have overarching themes.  I found Lee’s pre-Idol music to be very original.  I, too, hope he will build on that platform.

  • Isye8586

    So happy that Vanguard gives the opportunity to the great talented artist like Lee DeWyze. I have a very good feeling about this, 2013 gonna be Lee’s year. Can’t wait for the new album.

  • Isye8586

    I hope THIS time they will seriously support Lee DeWyze, get the recognitions he deserves. Lee needs people  who believes in him, and I believe this time gonna be great. #GoLee2013 #NoBulshitImserious

  • usedtobelucy

    As a longtime Vanguard fan, I think this is great news. They’re likely to really help him to develop in his own way and do distinctive stuff. Good for Lee and wishing the very best for him!

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    I’ve heard a few of his new songs and they are more like his pre-idol music but there’s definite growth. But I’m glad he’s now making the music he wants to make. He’s always said he was folk/rock. Here’s an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhk7uLJTf3k 

  • artemis112

    Someone who attended Lee’s Pittsburgh concert this past fall told me that Lee said there that he had a label, and that the label had found him. He’s been tweeting videos of his new songs and performing them in concert-I guess Vanguard liked what they heard!

  • Haventsleptyet

    Wow that is really cool that the label found him! No wonder he seems like he’s been on Cloud 9 for months :)))

  • wylyh12

    Congrats to Lee and Vanguard! Seems to be a perfect fit. I cannot wait to hear all of the great music that’s sure to come out of this partnership :)

  • iani

    Great news from Lee, just happy for him and hope it works out well with his new label.

    I remember Kim Caldwell, with Vanguard also, had some radio support, her “stupid boys” song(I forgot the title) was even for few days on HAC top 40, some PR for her album  released, radio visitings and short acoustic concerts…Hopefully we’ll see something like this and maybe more from/for Lee. It seems that, so far the life post AI has been good for Lee, new music, new wife, new label… Congratulation and good luck with everything!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Now that Lee has a new label, I wonder how invested 19M will be in promoting him.  Shouldn’t he be in the last months of his 19M contract?  We have seen how those things go with past idols.

  • artemis112

    Hopefully, still being with 19M will mean he gets to appear on Idol when his album debuts. They really did a lackluster job (along with RCA) promoting Live It Up, but since then they’ve gotten him some really good gigs, a successful Asian Tour and played his song Fight during the Season 11 Idol Tour. He’s said nice things about his managers there-Lizzie and then Brett Radin. So I have no idea what he’ll chose to do when his 19 contract expires.
    It seems to me career success for any Idol would reflect well on the show, no matter who he’s signed with, so we’ll see what happens next as far as 19M goes.

  • standtotheright

    Good luck to him! It sounds like a good fit.

  • AprilfoolIsh

    Longtime fan of Lee so I’m over the moon about this announcement!! I’m not very savvy about industry though. Vanguard has some impressive artists on their label, but are they considered indie? Really really happy for Lee, and can’t wait for album. Hope to see him on idol too!

  • http://twitter.com/Barb0603 Barbara Rodriguez

    I am sooooo happy for Lee !!!! Vanguard could only do better promoting Lee and his beautiful voice than RCA ( they were awful no support at all ) I truly hope that 2013 is Lee’s year !!!

  • http://twitter.com/chipkate Kathy

    I am so happy for Lee being signed with Vanguard Records. No one is more deserving. This young man works so diligently and tirelessly putting  it all out there for his fans and FamiLee. I am so thankful for Lee’s music and the fact it brought me to the FamiLee. I truly believe this new album will signify who Lee DeWyze is! Watch out world cuz a “STAR IS BORN”. Vanguard you are truly blessed to have Lee under your wing-he will make you proud as he has all of us.I have never been so inspired by an artist before as with Lee. His songwriting speaks to my heart and his voice sings to my soul!!