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Lee DeWyze Signs with Vanguard Records

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Vanguard Records is excited to announce the signing of singer/songwriter Lee DeWyze, whose powerful voice is familiar to the millions who watched him win AMERICAN IDOL  in 2010. What these viewers and fans may not know about DeWyze's other musical gifts: his expressive songwriting, his advanced chops on a variety of instruments or the stylistic approach he employs is inspired by his lifelong love of classic folk-rooted artists like Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens.

The first single, "Silver Lining" from his upcoming summer release will be impacting Triple A radio on June 10th and will be available digitally on June 11th. Click here to view a live-in-the-studio acoustic performance of the track and here to listen to the single. For his Vanguard debut DeWyze collaborated with renowned producer/songwriters such as Toby Gad, Drew Pearson, Jim Scott, Matthew Wilder and Phil Allen.

"I wanted to take it back to what I'm really about, which is writing emotionally charged, meaningful songs," the 27-year-old artist explains. "I knew what kind of album I wanted to make and knew I could make. The way I see it, everything that's happened throughout my career has happened so that I can make this record."

Kevin Welk, President of The Welk Music Group, parent company of Vanguard Records heard the tracks DeWyze recorded and was sufficiently blown away to personally offer the artist a deal. Welk commented, "I am so impressed with Lee as an overall artist. I always knew he could sing but his writing is what sold me. This is a career record for him."

“We are thrilled to be working with Vanguard Records in releasing Lee DeWyze's sophomore album. This record is a clear reflection of who Lee is as an artist,” says Jason Morey, EVP and Head of Music of 19 Entertainment.

"Vanguard is the right fit for me—no question," DeWyze says of the new relationship. "The company has a family feel and a lot of integrity. They care about who they sign, and they're really focused on the music. You might think they would've had certain expectations because of Idol, but that wasn't the case at all. It was just, "We love the music—let's do this." There's a mutual trust, and that's a very cool thing."

Lee DeWyze will be heading out on the road beginning April 18th in Ames, IA making additional stops in Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, and Nashville, TN with additional dates to be added. Tour dates listed below.

Current Tour Dates (More to be Announced)
04/18/13 Ames, IA - Memorial Union @ Iowa State University
04/19/13 Chicago, IL - Viper Alley
04/26/13 Gettysburg, PA - Gettysburg College
06/04/13 Columbus, OH - The Basement at Promowest
06/06/13 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
06/08/13 Indianapolis, IN - Rathskeller
06/11/13 Nashville, TN - High Watt

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