Lee DeWyze Studio Session: Watch 'Silver Lining' Performance and Q&A

Kate Glicksberg
Lee DeWyze photographed in New York City

The "American Idol" champ talks about his latest album, "Frames," and plays two new tracks.

Lee DeWyzehas learned a thing or two about the music industry and his own songwriting in the two-and-a-half years since his first post-"American Idol" release. After winning "Idol," DeWyze issued his major label debut, "Live It Up," through RCA Records. After his recording deal was discontinued, however, DeWyze didn't fret -- instead, he joined up with a new label, Vanguard Records, and set out with a fresh outlook for "Frames," which Billboard premiered in full last month.

Watch Lee DeWyze perform new single "Silver Lining" below:

Recorded without time constraints and without trying to make a specific type of album, "Frames" finds DeWyze embracing his folk side, full of fast strumming and earnest confessions.  He stopped by Billboard's studio to perform two of those new tunes, "Fight" and "Silver Lining," as well as chat about his new musical direction:

"When I write, I like to take from my own experiences, but I also like to look at other people's experiences," the singer says. "I think you can learn a lot from watching. 'Silver Lining' was definitely personally inspired."

According to DeWyze, his wife Jonna was a source of inspiration and support ("Without her, I'd be insane and out of my mind"), along with his loyal fanbase, which stuck by him long after the original "Idol" hype. Since he's persevered, now both DeWyze and his fans can enjoy the new music.

Click here to listen to "Frames" in full, and check out DeWyze's bonus performance of "Fight" below: