Lee DeWyze, the rock singer-songwriter best known as the season nine “American Idol” champ, has a new label home and a fresh sound on “Frames,” his latest full-length, out Aug. 20 on Vanguard Records. Want to hear the full album one week before it hits stores? Check out Billboard.com’s exclusive premiere below:
After signing with Vanguard last April, the Chicago native put the finishing touches on “Frames,” with Toby Gad, Drew Pearson and Matthew Wilder among the collaborators. As first single “Silver Lining” suggested, “Frames” marks a departure from DeWyze’s first post-“Idol” album “Live It Up,” which has sold 153,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“The recording process was organic,” DeWyze tells Billboard. “I felt very comfortable being able to write the songs I wanted to write, to record and produce in an atmosphere without any pressure to make a ‘certain’ type of record. I was able to do what I wanted to do, with great people, and musicians around me.”
DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums during the making of “Frames,” and says that “it’s hard to pick a favorite track. That’s like picking your favorite child. However, besides ‘Silver Lining,’ the first single, some of my favorites are ‘Don’t Be Afraid,’ ‘Fire Away,’ ‘Like I Do’ & ‘Frames,’ just to name a few.”
Watch the in-studio video for “Silver Lining” below, and let us know what you think of DeWyze’s latest full-length in the comments section: