Lee DeWyze, has finally announced the name of his post-Idol debut! It’s called Live it Up. Exactly what somebody who just won American Idol should be doing right about now. Ha.
The single, also named “Live it Up” will debut on The Ryan Seacrest Show on KIIS FM Wednesday October 13. You can listen live HERE.
Pretty cool RCA didn’t go the typical self-titled route Sony often does with Idols.
Also revealed today–the album cover photo. What do you think? I am relieved that Lee is smiling.
Get a better look at what the album cover will look like HERE.
Lee’s post-Idol debut, Live it Up will be available everywhere November 16. Pre-order the new album HERE.
UPDATE: Press release excerpt and PHOTOS after the jump. The release mentions some collaborators: Toby Gad, John Shanks, and Espionage.
“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. He was the only male contestant never to land in the competition’s bottom three contestants. “I’m excited for all the people who supported me throughout Idol to hear what I can do with my own songs. The album shows a whole different side of me and I’m so proud of it.”
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. “To see my name listed in the credits on each song was really important to me because I’m a songwriter” DeWyze says, “I also loved working with such talented writers. They all brought so much to the table and really helped me flesh out my sound.”
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.”