Many musicians speak confidently about their own new songs and albums, but I’m not sure I’ve ever heard someone as genuinely excited and ready to release a new album as Lee DeWyze.
After spending more than a year and a half working on his yet-to-be-named follow-up to 2010′s Live It Up, the former American Idol winner can barely contain his excitement when talking about his new music.
“I’ve really put my time, my heart, blood, sweat and tears into this thing, and it just means a lot more to me than I think anything else could. I can really go on for hours about how thrilled I am about this record,” DeWyze said in a recent telephone interview. “We plan to release a single real soon, and I have some really exciting news that I’ll be announcing soon. But until then, we’re out on the road and playing and trying out the new songs. We’re really having a good time with it, and the fans have been so incredible.”
DeWyze will play songs from his upcoming album during his acoustic tour stop at FED LIVE this Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. DeWyze said that his fans are going to be pleasantly surprised when they finally hear the new songs.
“There’s a confidence level and an assured feeling going into this record that I can’t say I’ve ever really had before. I can stand by every one of these songs and be really proud of them,” DeWyze said. “That’s not to downplay my last album, I was extremely happy with it but I don’t think that the timing was necessarily right for me on that release. It was a weird time for Idol, for me, for everything coming off that show.”
Season 9 of American Idol was, at the time, the lowest rated season of the hit television competition and was also the last season for judge Simon Cowell. With viewership significantly down, DeWyze’s first album following his Idol triumph, Live It Up, only reached 19 on the charts in the first week — the lowest chart debut of any American Idol winner.
Still, DeWyze has nothing but great things to say about the show and his Idol fans.
“Being on American Idol was one of the greatest experiences in my life, and I’ll never change that view. It’s done so much for me and my career, and it really put me out there in a way that I don’t know that anything else really could,” DeWyze said. “The fans from Idol are the best kind of fans, they are in it for the long haul.”
And while American Idol was a great stepping stone, DeWyze knew that his path wasn’t necessarily going to be the same as other Idol winners that instantly became stars — like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson — but he believes his new album can put him on the right path.
“I think the lane is open for me and the kind of music I want to make. I think that now is the time, and I think the songs we have are very strong,” DeWyze said. “It’s going to be fun, exciting and make for a really amazing live show. We’re just really excited about it.”
The acoustic tour, stopping at FED LIVE on Saturday, gives DeWyze an opportunity to test the new music and connect with fans in a very intimate setting — and he’s excited to bring the show to Harrisburg.
“It’s an opportunity for me to sit down and play the songs in a way where I can really tell the stories and get the lyrics out — that’s what the fans love,” DeWyze said. “Bring your game face and your thirst and have a good time!”
Tickets for the 21-and-over show are still available online and are only $10 in advance.