'American Idol': Lee DeWyze's album drops in November

lee-dewyze-album-cover.jpgFans of "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze will finally get a chance to hear his new music -- starting next week.

"Live It Up," the first single from his debut album, will premiere on "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest's radio show Wednesday (Oct. 13). The full album, also called "Live It Up," goes on sale Nov. 16 from 19 Recordings/RCA Records.

"Putting out an album on a major label is truly a dream come true," DeWyze says. "I'm excited for all the people who supported me throughout Idol to hear what I can do with my own songs. The album shows a whole different side of me and I'm so proud of it."

DeWyze co-wrote most of the songs on the album, collaborating with the likes of Toby Gad (Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry") and John Shanks (Sheryl Crow's "Steve McQueen"). "Live It Up" was recorded over the summer while he toured with the other "Idol" finalists from this season.

The label describes the album as a mix of "rootsy pop, rock and folk." DeWyze cites influences like Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and the Mamas and the Papas, saying "I love hard-edged vocals over pretty melodies -- that's what I'm about. I really admire guys like Dave Matthews and Ray LaMontagne, and to now be on the same record label as them -- it just blows my mind."

Will you be buying "Live It Up"? What do you think of the cover?

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