Lee DeWyze Band Members Confirmed

The members of the band that will accompany Lee DeWyze through his fall appearance schedule (and perhaps beyond) has been officially confirmed by USA Today.

The band consists of Chris Wrate on guitar, Lincoln Cleary on keyboards, Jon Draper on bass and R.J. Kelly on drums.

“We have a really good chemistry, ” Lee tells USA Today, “They’re all into the music. They all love the music we’re doing, and that makes things even better for me.”

  • Read what Lee thinks of his new band members at USA Today.

We’ll see the band in action for the first time when they appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 9th. For the rest of Lee’s hectic promo schedule, check out my Idol Appearances page HERE.

The Lee DeWyze post-Idol debut album, Live it Up, drops on November 16.

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16 Comments

  1. I’ll be at Leno. Excited that I get to be at the first band performance & the first live rendition of SS.

  2. R.J. Kelly on drums.

    This has pretty tragic typo potential if people forget the J :P.

    I remember how embarrassed I was to read “Kris Brown” in a magazine referring to Kris Allen. Can’t wait to see my reaction to someone saying “R. Kelly is in Lee’s band”.

  3. I’m totally going to keep saying and writing “Don Draper” instead of “Jon Draper.” I know it.

    haha that’s exactly what I thought of too when I first heard his name.

  4. Nice we finally know who RJ is, I agree would not be good to leave the J out lol! :)

  5. So the LJD band is now official. Nice.

    jambajim:

    I’m totally going to keep saying and writing “Don Draper” instead of “Jon Draper.” I know it.

    You and me both.

  6. Jon Draper-Don Draper-both good looking guys.
    Now that all the band identity mysteries are solved-I can’t wait to hear them play!

  7. I’m totally going to keep saying and writing “Don Draper” instead of “Jon Draper.” I know it.

    Oh, please do, Jim!!!! :lol:

  8. Nothing beats having bandmates that “clicks” – Good for Lee :)

  9. yey! lots of really exciting news lately. only a few more days till we get to see the band in action, can’t wait! i’m happy to hear that it’s all coming together & the guys are meshing well :)

    I’m totally going to keep saying and writing “Don Draper” instead of “Jon Draper.” I know it.

    lol! at first i actually thought they had the same name.

  10. I love Lee’s description of his band, they all sound so talented! Can’t wait to hear them play, hoping we get to hear more songs from album soon!

  11. I remember how embarrassed I was to read “Kris Brown” in a magazine referring to Kris Allen. Can’t wait to see my reaction to someone saying “R. Kelly is in Lee’s band”.

    LMAO!
    Here’s a video of RJ playing drums : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgujMZVfV0c
    He makes me want to learn how to play drums. Lol
    Can’t wait to see the whole band performing live!

  12. Thanks for the clip Katya. RJ is fantastic. I too can’t wait to see the whole band perform. Have to say its nice that Lee got a ‘young’ band. I love that they are getting along well :)

  13. Yeah, it’s nice that they’re all around the same age as Lee confirmed in his recent interview with Blog Critics:

    Switching gears just a little, your band has been put together now. Did you had a hand in the selection process for picking the guys for the band?

    Oh yeah, absolutely.

    How have the rehearsals been going?

    Rehearsals are amazing. I got great guys with me. They’re all in the same age group as me and they’re all excited to being doing something like this. I felt like I’ve been given so many opportunities, and they we looking for an opportunity as well. They wanted to go out on tour and all that stuff. They’re all really good musicians. Jon, my bass player, Chris, my guitar player, R.J., my drummer, and Lincoln’s my keys. I want to be able to play a song, and once it’s over start jamming out for fun. They all get it, I get it. We’re having a good time.

    So far, all of them have Twitter accounts except for Lincoln:
    Chris Wrate – > @ChrisWrate
    Jon Draper -> @drapetastic
    RJ Kelly -> @rjkellydrums

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