Lee DeWyze

Singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze’s rousing emotionality and storyteller songwriting has enthralled both fans, and high-profile film/TV/advertising sync licensing tastemakers, earning him over 40 prime placements in just a few years.
There is a crystallizing moment in Lee’s childhood that poetically pre-figures his nascent gift as an empathic and sensitive songwriter. It’s become a piece of lore in the DeWyze household. When Lee was just four, his mother was listening to John Denver’s “Sunshine On My Shoulder,” and noticed Lee was crying. Turns out, he was so taken aback by the song it moved him to tears.

“Songs are magic for me—I’ve always wanted to live inside them,” the Mount Prospect, Illinois-based artist says. “My aim with my music is to give people a moment of transcendence where they can step outside their world and into the song. I want to spread the magic.”
Lee’s latest is a darkly cinematic album that represents a profound breakthrough in the power of letting one’s emotions take reign in creativity. Paranoia—out February, 16, 2018 on Shanachie Entertainment—grants the listener intimate access to an achingly beautiful netherworld that’s both seductive and sagely wise.

His career took a massive turn in 2010 when he won the ninth season of American Idol. The honor offered a boost in exposure to an artist already two-albums deep in a promising career. Post-Idol, Lee’s profile has skyrocketed as his songwriting has earned impressive sync placements. His breakout moment was penning “Blackbird Song” for the hit horror AMC series The Walking Dead. Since that track’s release in 2014, it has accrued over 12 million YouTube views, over 6 million streams on Spotify, and has sold over 100,000 copies, putting it in the Top 10 of 2014’s most influential music syncs.

Since that career milestone, Lee has become a formidable artist in the sync licensing world. Select career highlights here include placements in Elementary, Suits, The Fosters, Nashville, Reign, Hart of Dixie, and Bull. Blue Cross/Blue Shield chose his song, “Don’t Be Afraid,” as its official national campaign song two years in a row. ESPN placed his song, “The Ride,” in several NASCAR commercials. In addition, Lee’s song, “Fight,” cracked the Hot AC Top 40 charts for 10 consecutive weeks. “Fight” was also featured in the critically-acclaimed indie movie, Sister. Lee directed the video for “Fight” for which he won an award from the LA Indie Film Festival.

Lee’s previous album, Oil and Water, earned accolades from Billboard and Huffington Post, among other outlets. It also cracked the Top Billboard Folk Charts, and made the Top 10 “Album Of The Year” list for PopDose Magazine. Recently, Billboard.com premiered the lyric video for his latest single, "The Breakdown" from, Paranoia. On the heels of all this heat, Lee has signed a publishing deal with Songs Publishing, home to Lorde, The Weeknd, and Diplo, among other modern iconic artists, and signed an exclusive deal with CESD, the leading voiceover agency for animation, videos, film, and more.
Paranoia, is an immersive 10-song collection that lures you in with engrossing narratives of struggle, salvation, and vulnerability. “I’m at a point in my life where I feel more open to share my experiences. On this album, I’m letting my guard down and being more emotional,” Lee confides. “There is a lot of difficult things revealed on this record, but the songs are meant to show the light in the darkness.”

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