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Exclusive: Lee DeWyze Debuts A Heartbreaking And Beautiful Acoustic Session From His Upcoming Album

Lee Dewyze

Lee DeWyze is a Billboard chart topping, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter. He’s long surpassed a million views on YouTube, and has had songs featured on The Walking Dead and Nashville. Oh, and did I mention that he won American Idol Season 9? Well, for Lee, that’s not enough. He wants more.

DeWyze is set to release Oil & Water, his fifth solo album and first with Shanachie Entertainment, on February 12th, and proudly admits, “I think for once I am making music that is just me. All the way through.”

Today, he’s premiering a live acoustic session of “Oil & Water,” the title track from his upcoming release. Recorded in-studio in Los Angeles, the track is a perfect introduction to DeWyze as a skilled, poetic lyricist and husky-voiced, entrancing troubadour. The song feels effortless for DeWyze, yet intimately confessional– a heartbreaking portrait of the trials that come with love. The minimalist feel of the track, which features DeWyze, his acoustic guitar and a female singer who provides sparing harmonies, only enhances the powerful emotion that it conveys. DeWyze explains, “[it] is a song that deals with the balance of love and life. What you want to do versus what you have to do at times. Having to leave your love, but knowing you’ll see them again… and that moment before you have to say goodbye.”

DeWyze kicks off his world tour on the 11th in Boston, and will make stops at New York City’s Cutting Room on the 12th, Philly’s World Café Live on the 15th and Detroit’s Magic Bag on February 19th. Preorder the album on iTunes or PledgeMusic, and head to his website for the rest of his tour dates,

Check out the video for “Oil & Water” below.

-Emily Gawlak

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  1. absolutely love this song. i got my album and i can’t stop listening to it. Lee DeWyze is an amazing singer/songwriter/artist and i hope everyone checks out Oil and Water album, goes to see him perform live and keeps up with him.

  2. I absolutely love his voice; both tender and tough! I’ve been playing Oil & Water over & over & over ….. Great voice; great guy; great music.

  3. Oil & Water is such a beautiful song. I’ve loved it ever since Lee began singing it at is shows. I can’t get enough, it’s so beautiful. I just received my album through preorder It is STUNNING! I can’t stop listening!! Lee is my favorite and the best artist ever!

  4. This is beautiful. Lee is such a talented singer/songwriter. I anxiously anticipate getting my copy of Oil & Water so I can listen to the entire album.

  5. Oil & Water is a beautiful, touching song representative of the quality of music Lee has written for this new album!! Highly recommended!

  6. This is such a beautiful song. Even with the minimalistic arrangement with just the guitar and the two voices it feels so strong. I think that what is a key factor for this is that it’s all about the music for Lee, you can tell that his soul is in every song he sings. And this new album is just like this, all the way true.