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Lee DeWyze

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 Live It Up was released on November 16, 2010, through 19 Entertainment and RCA Records. WuLi Records, citing demand from DeWyze's fan base, plans to release a third album of pre-Idol recordings, What Once Was, on February 14, 2012. DeWyze was born in Mount Prospect, Illinois, the eldest son of Kathleen (née Donahue) and Leon (Lee) DeWyze, Sr., who worked as a postal carrier in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. He has two older sisters, Shannon and Sarah, and a younger brother, Michael. His musical influences include Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, and Simon & Garfunkel. DeWyze attended St. James Catholic Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, up until his senior year, due to too many fights. After leaving Prospect High, he attended Forest View

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'Idol' Champ Lee DeWyze -- Dropped By Record Label

'Idol' Champ Lee DeWyze
Dropped By Record Label

The honeymoon is over for "American Idol" alum Lee DeWyze -- the season 9 champ has been dumped by his record label ... just a year-and-a-half after winning the title. DeWyze was signed with RCA… READ MORE >

Lee DeWyze -- The Marilyn Manson Phase

Lee DeWyze -- The Marilyn Manson Phase

Back before he won "American Idol" -- Lee DeWyze flirted with the dark side ... in fact, dude covered a song by Marilyn Manson. DeWyze's old record label has just released Lee's rendition of… READ MORE >

- 1419 days ago
Bret Michaels -- Survival Tips for 'Idol' Champ

Bret Michaels -- Survival Tips for 'Idol' Champ

Bret Michaels didn't just sing on "American Idol" last night, he also played the role of career adviser -- giving champ Lee DeWyze a crucial tip about staying alive in the music biz.  It all… READ MORE >

- 1423 days ago
DeWyze and Bowersox -- Partying with Protection

DeWyze and Bowersox -- Partying with Protection

Right after winning "American Idol" -- newly crowned champ Lee DeWyze celebrated his face off ... at a Hollywood after-party with runner-up Crystal Bowersox ... and an army of private… READ MORE >

- 1423 days ago
'American Idol' -- Nerves Frayed During Rehearsal

'American Idol' -- Nerves Frayed During Rehearsal

Our spies at the "American Idol" rehearsal today say Crystal Bowersox was so nervous she forgot the words to the song she'll release if she wins tomorrow night.  And Lee DeWyze got ticked off… READ MORE >

- 1424 days ago
Lee DeWyze -- The Odds Are in His Favor

Lee DeWyze -- The Odds Are in His Favor

The smart money is on Lee DeWyze to win "American Idol" -- in fact, dude has become the odds on favorite to win the show ... this according to one of the biggest gambling sites in the world.The… READ MORE >

- 1429 days ago
Lee DeWyze Stands Alone

Lee DeWyze Stands Alone

After nailing his rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," "American Idol" finalist Lee DeWyze was spotted leaving the show's set alone on Tuesday.Either Lee, Bowersox or the other guy will be… READ MORE >

- 1431 days ago

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