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Lee DeWyze Appreciation Thread #3: He's got a brand new single that's as beautiful as he is!
Welcome to the 3rd Lee DeWyze Appreciation Thread
Leon James "Lee" DeWyze, Jr. (born April 2, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter from Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the winner of the ninth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, DeWyze had a solo career and formed the Lee DeWyze Band. He had also released two independent albums called So I'm Told in 2007 and Slumberland in 2010, both on WuLi Records. His post-Idol album will be released on October 26, 2010 through 19 Entertainment and RCA Records.
DeWyze was born in Mount Prospect, Illinois. His was raised by his father, Lee DeWyze, Sr., who worked as a postal carrier in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and his mother, Kathleen DeWyze (née Donahue). He has two older sisters, Sarah and Shannon, and a younger brother, Mike. His musical influences include, Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, and Simon & Garfunkel.
DeWyze attended Saint James Catholic Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois and Prospect High School up until his senior year. After leaving Prospect High, he attended Forest View Alternative School in Arlington Heights, having been inspired both by his teachers and his interest in music to return to his studies. While he never graduated from either high school, he eventually got his GED.
After leaving school, DeWyze worked as a paint salesman. At the time of applying to American Idol and until the Hollywood rounds of the show, he had been selling paint for six years at the "Mount Prospect Paint" store.
DeWyze stated on his blog that he owns a bulldog named Capone, is afraid of heights, and loves playing Scrabble.
DeWyze has some of the lyrics to "Father and Son", a classic Cat Stevens song, tattooed on his arm. He has three other tattoos, including a silhouette of the Chicago flag and tree of life on his right arm and a Shel Silverstein on his left arm.
01. infallible love
08. - Nina -
10. Talkative One
17. ღmaybe this time
20. dancing in the rain
"This whole thing has been amazing, from the very beginning to right now ...
I want to be doing this for a long time ...
I will be doing this for the rest of my life, one way or another."
"When I'm up there playing, I don't care about anything. I'm there and it's me and it's them and my music, and it's just perfect."
"It felt amazing man, seeing the crowd, the fans cheering us on, just being up there on stage ... It's what I love to do."
"I just get up there and let my emotions flow and I just start singing my ass off."
"To perform in front of crowds of people, ya know, that's what I wanna do, that's what I've always wanted to do."
"A lot of what I do is just emotion, getting into the music with the band, feeding off the audience."
"I'll do this for the rest of my life -- this is what it's about for me."
Baby, you're not alone
Cause you're here with me