Working under the tutelage of Ministry guitarist Louis Svitek, who doubled as his producer and mentor, DeWyze made his solo debut with the release of 's So I'm Told. Slumberland followed several years later. Meanwhile, he worked in a paint store to make ends meet. DeWyze's career received a big boost in , when he began competing in American Idol at the age of In a competition filled with guitar-playing vocalists, DeWyze managed to stand out from the pack with his smart song choices, eventually beating second-place rival Crystal Bowersox and taking home the Idol crown on May 26, His debut single, a cover of U2's "Beautiful Day," was released in conjunction with his win, and a full-length album, Live It Up, arrived later that year.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Lee DeWyze calls himself "someone that lacks in the sleep department. I think the song really touches on a lot of very different things, but for me mainly it speaks to walking that line between reality and your subconscious, and I think one of the places you experience that the most is in sleep. Sleep's the only real escape; That's when you mind kind of wanders and goes to these different places. That's what 'Night and Day' is about. This song really represents where my songwriting is as well.
We are always our own worst enemy. Sooner or later, we must confront and conquer those parts of ourselves before we can fully blossom. Through crisp folk-pop layers, swerving away from his rootsier aesthetic, he sifts out the bad to rediscover the good. Acoustic guitars ring serene and clear, and the emotional stakes ratchet higher with the flood of thick vocal layering, percussion, horns, and other string work. His voice becomes lost in the mix, a mirror image of his real-life struggle to stay afloat. The song, which samples a yet-to-be finished new album, began with a simple guitar and the undeniable melody.
DeWyze's seventh album titled Paranoia was released on February 16, DeWyze attended St. After leaving Prospect High, he attended Forest View Alternative School in Arlington Heights, having been inspired both by his teachers and his interest in music to return to his studies. After expulsion from high school, DeWyze worked as a paint salesman.