Lee DeWyze and guest Anna Rose
Event on 2015-04-14 20:30:00
LEE DeWYZE – (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Lee DeWyze "Fight" Live In-Studio Lee DeWyze "Blackbird Song" as heard on The Walking Dead Lee DeWyze "Stay Away" Live In-Studio Lee DeWyze "Silver Lining" Live In-Studio
Lee DeWyze launched the pivotal stage of what was already a high-profile musical career with his Vanguard Records debut – Frames, in the summer of 2013.
What followed was a high-caliber list of praise from the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Music, Rolling Stone, and dozens upon dozens more.
“I hunkered down and wrote an album,” the Chicago native explains. “I wanted to take it back to what I’m really about, which is writing emotionally charged, meaningful songs. It wasn’t like I wanted to find a label and then decide what kind of album to make. I knew what kind of album I wanted to make and knew I could make. It’s going back to the kind of music I’ve always loved. I grew up listening to Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel—folk-based acoustic music. Don’t get me wrong—my experience on the show was great. But for someone like me and the kind of music I make, that only takes you so far. It feels really good to get back to the grass roots of what I’m about. The way I see it, everything that’s happened throughout my career has happened so that I can make this record.”
The show DeWyze is referring to is American Idol, which he won in 2010. DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums during the recording sessions, during which he collaborated with renowned producer/songwriters Toby Gad, Drew Pearson, Matthew Wilder and Phil Allen, as well as mixer extraordinaire Jim Scott. “I’ve never felt a connection with my music, more than I do right now,” DeWyze says, making no effort to hide his excitement. “It’s a very real thing, and it feels right.”
Frames garnered many licenses and syncs and proved that DeWyze was not only a great singer, but an extremely talented song-writer. Shows like Nashville, Reign, and Hart of Dixie all used his music, as did ESPN, and several independent films. Blue Cross Blue Shield recently used the song ‘Don’t Be Afraid” as part of their national 2014/2015 campaign.
However, the door really kicked open when Lee penned the song ‘Blackbird Song’ for The Walking Dead in March of 2014. An original song that he wrote specifically for the show itself. Blackbird Song has accumulated over 50k single unit sales, 2M collective youTube views, and is approaching 1M Spotify streams. (as of 11/24/14). The song is considered one of the top 10 syncs of the 2014 by the Music Guild Association.
In 2015, DeWyze will release an onslaught of music and video content, and continue his relentless touring here in the US and overseas.
Lee has a #1 song in Ireland called Lullaby that was recorded and performed by Ronan Keating. He also has a #3 song in Italy called Magnetic Heart recorded and performed by Marco Mengoni. “I’m finally in the lane I belong in, and I feel like I can just go.” DeWyze says in anticipation of what he’s preparing to unleash in 2015.
If New York-based rocker Anna Rose could add a subtitle to her name, she says it would be, "Don't Let the Name Fool You." She couldn't be more right. With that sweet name, the angelic blonde hair, the petite frame and unassuming smile, one might think she's just another pretty face with a pretty voice who likes to sing pretty songs.
But that couldn't be further from the truth. Anna Rose is a spitfire of rock and roll passion, a true guitar head who doesn't mind getting her fingers bloody, and a mix of Jim Morrison's sexy bravado with Brigitte Bardot's seductive stare onstage. It's the dichotomy of masculine and feminine, retro and modern, strong and vulnerable that makes her sophomore effort, Behold a Pale Horse, a true statement of who she is as a woman, a performer, and an artist.
Her talented family is a big part of who she is. Her father is Oscar-winning Disney composer Alan Menken and her mother, Janis, was a dedicated and celebrated dancer who donned ballet shoes until she was 8 ½ months pregnant. Not only did Anna Rose inherit her parents' musical and dancing talent – having danced as soon as she could walk, sing as soon as she could talk, and learned piano at 2 and guitar at 5 – but she was instilled with a strong work ethic as well. And though she grew up in the house that Disney built – and even sang on demos for dad's score to Enchanted and Tangled – Anna Rose's musical soul leans more toward gritty, blues-drenched rock and roll from the '60s and '70s.
On Behold a Pale Horse, Anna Rose is certainly off to a great start on creating that musical legacy.
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