American Idol winner Lee DeWyze is releasing his first album! The still-untitled debut album will hit stores November 16th.
He said in a statement, “I’ve been very fortunate to be able to collaborate with some amazing songwriters on new songs over the past 3 months. I can’t wait for everyone to hear my debut album.”
Before Lee came to the attention of the hit-making franchise, he was a struggling musician, working with a small Chicago label called Wuli Records, where he recorded his debut album “So I’m Told” and the recently released “Slumberland” with producers Ryan McGuire and guitarist extraordinaire, Louis Svitek, well known for his work with Ministry, M.O.D. and Mind Funk.
Now Lee is being hailed as the next Daughtry, with praise from all the judges; Kara DioGuardi declared Lee's voice was a good fit for "radio right now," Ellen DeGeneres has called his performances "great," and the hard to please Simon Cowell has declared that Lee was "head and shoulders above everyone else", "the best singer" among the group of men and "may be the one to beat."
He was one of the only contestants we liked last season, and we’re surprised at all by the win! But can he break the mold of most Idol winners and actually have a successful album? Time will tell!