In an interview with the Chicago Red Eye, conducted as he was waiting to take the stage at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago on New Years Eve, Season 9 Idol winner, Lee DeWyze talked about his upcoming album.
Lee has yet to officially decide on a new record label, but he says he was approached by one major label and a few independent ones.
As far as the sound of the new album, Lee says it will include a few folk country songs, which he describes as “Jason Aldean-meets-Keith Urban.” and are a result of writing music in Nashville.
“This album will be much different than the last album as far as creative control on it,” says Lee, “I definitely have been able to write the songs I want to write and take my time on it.”
“I was able to write on the last album, but the last album had a bunch of songs I liked that didn’t get on the album. And that one, I had only three months,” explains Lee, “This one, I have almost a year to get this to where I want it to be.”
Earlier this year, Lee parted ways with RCA records. Lee’s post-Idol debut, Live it Up, is the lowest selling Idol winner’s album to date.
“Was I surprised?” Lee said about RCA’s decision. “I’ll say this: They were great when I was with them. Do I feel I got the support that was needed to promote the album – especially after coming off an ‘Idol’ type show? No, I don’t. But I’m not on that end of it. It’s easy to sit here and say that.”
Lee plans to release his next album in the spring of 2012.