Idol – Season 9. Lee was born on April 2, 1986 and was raised in Mount Prospect, a suburb of
Chicago, Illinois. He started singing and creating music when he was just 15 years old and
signed his first recording contract with WuLi Records in 2006 when he was only 19 years old.
He was the lead singer in a self-named band from 2006 to 2010 and performed hundreds of
shows in the Chicagoland area. The Lee DeWyze served as the house band for the popular ABC
show The Chicago Huddle from 2008 to 2010. WuLi Records producers, Ryan T. McGuire and
Louis J. Svitek, played the drums/percussion and lead guitar, respectively. Together they
completed two albums “So I’m Told” (2007) and critically acclaimed “Slumberland” (2010).
Their third album “What Once Was” is scheduled for release on WuLi Records on February 14,
DeWyze blends elements of many different styles and influences to create his own clever and
distinct approach to the traditional typecast of acoustic singer/songwriter. Amongst the music
genres of Folk, Pop, Rock, Alternative and Jazz there lies a space of sonic soundscape that Lee
DeWyze inhabits. Soulful, haunting and melodic are the drop words used to describe the music
of DeWyze; however, he hopes that the end product means so much more to listeners.
He lives his life true to his music; his songs reflect his personal experiences but speak to all of
us. Known for his energetic and thought provoking performances of well crafted and hooky
acoustic material, DeWyze is an artist driven to succeed. He never stops growing and
experimenting, constantly testing his limits, while maintaining his distinct style. Lee always
expresses himself, changing songs as he feels and often playing the same song arranged with a
new and unique approach. Lee is an Aries and loves long walks in snowshoes.
DeWyze candidly states, “I want a connection with my audience in the sense that any song I do
reminds them of a specific moments in their lives-not mine... I want listeners to say ‘WOW’, he
was there when that happened to me... It's comforting to share my experiences and know that all
the vivid, raw emotions that I felt are universal to all of as human beings.”