New music from Lee DeWyze: Listen to “Earth Stood Still” and “A Song About Love”

Full length post American Idol album “Live it Up” from Lee DeWyze | Release date: November 16, 2010

Other song tracks from Lee:

1. “Live It Up” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad (Listen to the full track.)
2. “Sweet Serendipity” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, David Glass, Jordan Lawhead, Produced by David Glass (Listen to the full track.)
3. “It’s Gotta Be Love” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjorklund, Claude Kelly, Produced by Espionage for 45th and 3rd Music LLC (Listen to the full track here.)
4. “Dear Isabelle” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad (Listen here, lyrics included)
5. “Beautiful Like You” – Written by: Thomas Salter, Andy Stochansky, Produced by Chris “Rockwell” DeStefano (Listen to the full track.)
6. “Stay Here” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjorklund, Claude Kelly, Produced by Espionage for 45th and 3rd Music LLC (Listen to the track.)
7. “Me And My Jealousy” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, John Shanks, Zac Maloy, Produced by John Shanks (Listen to the full track.)
8. “Brooklyn Bridge” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad (Listen to the full track.)
9. “Weightless” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, John Shanks, Zac Maloy, Produced by John Shanks (Listen to the track.)

“A Song About Love” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, David Hodges, Michael Busbee, Produced by David Hodges (Track no. 10)


“Earth Stood Still” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad (Track no. 11)

Listen to “Dear Isabelle” from Lee DeWyze, Live it Up -the post-American Idol album

LYRICS: “Dear Isabelle”
Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad, from ‘LIVE IT UP’ the new album
Release date: November 16th!

I found this faded picture
of you and me on Lake Michigan
You were smiling,
the wind was blowing in your hair
I think it’s been around 5 years
and everything and nothing’s changed
God, I wish that you were here

I know I should’ve called
I know I should’ve stayed
I should’ve said a lot of things
I hope it’s not too late

Dear Isabelle
Been thinking about you
Dear Isabelle
So lonely without you
I pretended I was doing well
But without you it’s been hell
Dear Isabelle

Oooh oooh oooh

Sometimes I’m not good with words
But you knew that so I wrote this verse
In hopes that it would
someday reach your ears
And I still wonder where you are
But it doesn’t matter cause it’s still too far
The lake has never looked so clear

I know I should’ve called
I know I should’ve stayed
I should’ve said a lot of things
I hope it’s not too late

Dear Isabelle
Been thinking about you
Dear Isabelle
So lonely without you
I pretended I was doing well
But without you it’s been hell
Dear Isabelle

It’s hard for me to write this
Is it hard for you to know that I still care
Would it kill you to forgive me
Come on, Isabelle
I know that you’re out there

I know I should’ve called
I know I should’ve stayed
I should’ve said a lot of things
I hope it’s not too late

Dear Isabelle
Been thinking about you
Dear Isabelle
So lonely without you
I pretended I was doing well
But without you it’s been hell
Dear Isabelle

Oooh Oooh Oooh

Watch Mariah Carey take center stage and perform on America’s Got Talent

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Mariah Carey sings “OBSESSED.” The new single from her new album “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel”.

Brooke White ‘RADIO RADIO’ Video from new album ‘High Hopes and Heartbreaks’

“As a singer-songwriter, I don’t have any barriers,” says Brooke White with a disarming ease, the piercing calm of her eyes only enhancing the soothing tone of her voice as she speaks. “For the type of music that I play, I think it’s important that I remain unguarded and open and vulnerable. That said, there are times when I wish I wasn’t so vulnerable, but it’s the only way I know how to be and it sometimes allows for things to get in that can be really damaging.”

It’s the way Brooke White deals with that damage that makes her music so inviting, her personality so compelling, and her company so endearing. Even meeting her in a crowded restaurant amidst the bustle of a Los Angeles lunch hour, she makes a connection that feels so personal, you feel like you’ve known her your entire life.

That is the magic of Brooke White, and that magic resonates within High Hopes & Heartbreak, the first full-length release since she became an “American Idol” finalist in 2008. During the seventh season of “Idol,” the Phoenix, AZ, native drew rave reviews for her passionate swirl of willowing soul and ‘70s flavored gold.

“The show was really big for me,” she explains, referring not to the exposure “American Idol” provided her, but rather the psychological impact of the larger-than-life reality surrounding the contestants. “Early on, I was really naïve about the process. You’re in this very protective bubble where you’re away from the media, you don’t look online if you don’t want to, and you just go out there and you do your best each week. It wasn’t until I got farther along that it started to become very emotional for me.”

For many, it was that emotion that made Brooke’s music so engaging. And for Brooke, it has always been the music that helped her keep her emotions at bay. She credits that to her upbringing. The oldest of four siblings, her parents passed their love of music on to their children, and that love has blossomed in Brooke. “My upbringing is entirely the reason that I am the artist that I am today,” she says. “My parents are big music fans, and we grew up in a small house where music was always playing. We’d go on drives just to listen to a Carole King tape, or Fleetwood Mac or the Carpenters. Music was the therapy that made us very happy as a family… I’m not an average music listener. I do this because I really do love it.”

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High Hopes & Heartbreak is a remarkable testament to not only Brooke’s talents as a singer and songwriter, but also to her love for the music that shaped her. The album bristles with an airy warmth and humble resolve, her pitch-perfect timbre evoking modern day comparisons to Carole King and Carly Simon. What makes it even more remarkable is that White, now 26, was born more than a decade after the release of King’s Tapestry and Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” a song that Brooke made her own during “Idol,” leading Carly Simon to tell the Associated Press, “This girl is so talented, and she sings the song so much better than I ever did or could.” Brooke glows as she recalls the praise of one of her own idols. “That means so much to me, because from a young age I was attached to classic music. It was all so special to me.”

High Hopes & Heartbreak is a brilliant composite of contemporary styles, washing America’s love affair with singer-songwriters in a bath of bare-naked pop. The title track could follow James Blunt just as easily as it lends itself to a disco-dance remix, “When We Were One” and “Little Bird” unfold like country chart-toppers, “California Song” is an acoustic explosion of summertime pop, and “Sometimes Love” and “Be Careful” offer a silky weave of heart-on-a-sleeve vocals and stripped-down instrumentation that would make John Mayer stop and take notice.

Each of the twelve songs on High Hopes & Heartbreak has its own pronounced character, but they are bound by Brooke White’s voice, a beautiful blend of tone, texture and character. “Music is a sensory experience, that’s what it’s all about, and that’s what I really wanted to capture on this album,” she says. With that in mind, she decided to release this album through her own label, June Baby Records.

“After meeting with a number of labels and discussing which producers and writers they wanted to team me with, it just started to feel like I was losing myself. It was like, here I am, but there’s a record way far away that I can’t even touch. I was afraid there were too many layers, and I wouldn’t be able to create without all of this other stuff getting in the way of the music,” she says of the decision to start June Baby Records. “I knew in my mind the type of record that I wanted to make, and I think I would have come away feeling disappointed had I let someone else have that much say in the process. I felt like I was losing the vision and I just needed to go, so I did.”

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As much as High Hopes & Heartbreak is unadulterated Brooke White, she is quick to credit producer Dave Cobb [Chris Cornell, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson] with helping to shape the sound. They co-wrote half the album together, including “Hold Up My Heart,” which was written within their first hour of working together. Their musical chemistry was immediate and undeniable.

“When he pressed ‘record’ and the band started to play, that moment was so poignant for me, it was like a drug. It was music happening in its purest form, so instantaneous, so human, so organic. I listened to it all night and called my dad in the morning and told him that he had to hear it – he started laughing, and I was crying. It was exactly what I wanted. I met with other producers, but in the back of my mind I knew for certain that this was the way to go. I had to have more of it, I was addicted.”

In an era that leans heavily on technology with every passing fad and fleeting sensation, Brooke White wants nothing more than to embrace music in its purest strains. Rather than sucking the soul out of a song, she wants to let its spirit run free. Like all the music she grew up loving, it’s the essence of the human being that keeps the songs from sounding the same. And that essence, that emotion, is what she captures vividly on High Hopes & Heartbreak.

“I’m a very emotional person,” she concludes, bringing the conversation full-circle, and back to the vulnerability that drives her art. “I definitely feel like I have certain scars from exposing myself that way, but it’s the way I am. And I’m sure it’s the way I’m going to keep being.”

As we get up to leave the restaurant, she flashes an uncertain smile: “I hope there’s some stuff there for you to work with.”

Don’t worry, there’s plenty. The beautiful thing about Brooke White is, her story tells itself. She is living and breathing the same dream that she has reveled in since her childhood. Music is her love, her pain, her joy and her sorrow. It is her life, unguarded and open, vulnerable…

And with High Hopes & Heartbreak, her vulnerability becomes our reward.

–Paul Gargano, 06.09 | Brooke White’s Biography on MySpace

The Return of Whitney Houston, releases new album “I Look to you”

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Seven years since she last released an album, Whitney Houston explains she’s back in business thanks to her friend, the music mogul Clive Davis

Whitney plays preview of first album “I Look to You” in six years to a select audience.

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Allison Iraheta is Signed to 19 and Jive Records

Season 8’s fourth place finalist, Allison Iraheta, has been signed to 19 Recordings and her recordings have been licensed to Jive Records. She now joins Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, who were also signed to 19 and RCA/Jive this week.

Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment said, “Allison is an incredible young singer. She is without a doubt one of the best teenage singers American Idol has ever discovered. We all watched Allison grow in confidence and stature as she performed each week on the show and we can only imagine how far this special girl can continue to blossom in the years ahead.”

allison_210x280Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of RCA/Jive, added that “Allison was an absolute stand-out this season. Her bluesy, powerful voice, spunky attitude, and edgy star power immediately captivated us and it didn’t matter where she ranked on Idol, we knew we wanted her to join our amazing crop of young talent at Jive.”

Allison is just as excited. She said, “I think I’m still in shock that this is happening- getting to record my first album and this whole awesome experience is a dream come true!”

As the youngest contestant and resident rocker of Season 8, Allison was as vibrant as her red hair. She has been a fan of the show since she was 9 years old, so as soon as she was old enough, she auditioned. During the auditions, Kara DioGuardi commented, “Keep your eye on that girl!” and Paula Abdul labeled her the “dark horse” before announcing that Allison was a Top 36 semi-finalist. From her first live performance of “Alone” to her heart-wrenching version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Allison won over America and the judges.

Allison’s debut album is scheduled for release this fall. In the meantime, Allison will be touring the country with her fellow Top 10 Idols.

Source: American Idol Official Site

Adam Lambert Signs to 19 Records & RCA Records!

American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert has been signed to 19 Recordings and licensed to RCA Records. He is preparing to start work on his debut album which is due for release in fall 2009.

“To find a talent as exceptional as Adam Lambert is a rare and special event,” says Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment. “I am thrilled that ‘American Idol’ was the platform for the world to discover this brilliant young man. He is unique and unforgettable and a certain star of tomorrow.”

“There are no longer any rules in terms of where the world’s next superstars may come from,” says Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO RCA/JIVE Label Group. “We are thrilled to be getting involved with Adam Lambert as we all at RCA Records believe he is one of those rare, future global stars”.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve come to a creative and collaborative partnership and look forward to developing a really exciting album,” says Lambert. “We are 100% on the same page and are all anxiously awaiting the start of the recordings. It’s going to be ridiculous! Get Ready!!!”

27 year old Lambert, who hails originally from San Diego, CA, had 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this summer. With his masterful interpretation of “Mad World” leading the way, he also charted with “No Boundaries”, “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “One.”

Lambert, will be recording his album over the summer while on the road with the American Idol’s Live tour. The tour kicks off July 5th in Portland, OR and culminates on September 15th in Manchester, NH.

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From Adam Lambert’s Official Site