Blake Lewis, the popular finalist on the sixth season of “American Idol,” will release his debut album ‘Audio Day Dream’ on 19 Recordings / Arista Records on December 4th.
The album will feature the single “Break Anotha” co-written by One Republic’s Ryan “Alias” Tedder, Sam Watters and Lewis and produced by Tedder (Timbaland, Leona Lewis) which will go to radio this week.
“Blake knows music, is deeply involved and connected with the process and we all had a ball making this album. The results are so gratifying. Blake comes to the fore as a totally fresh, creative, edgy and bold new artist, poised to break through right out of the gate,” comments Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO BMG Label Group.
Tedder and Lewis co-wrote and Tedder produced numerous other tracks on the debut including “Gots To Get Her” (Inspired by “Puttin’ On The Ritz”), “Hate 2 Love Her,” “Know My Name” featuring Lupe Fiasco (co-written by Tedder, Josh Hoge and Lewis), “Surrender” (co-written by Tedder and E. Kidd Bogart), and “I Got U.” In addition, Jonathan “JR” Rotem, (who worked with Rihanna on her No. 1 single “SOS”) produced and co-wrote the track “What’cha Got 2 Lose?” along with Lewis and his Idol co-finalist Chris Richardson.
“This album is exactly how I wanted it to come out. It’s like an ’80s mix tape, with some hip-hop and electronic influences. I wanted to make a record where every song sounds like it could be on the radio, but my radio. 2000-’80s Blake radio is what I call it,” Lewis says.
Lewis broke the mold by premiering his first single directly to the fans at the same time it was released to radio via Say Now. Fans that called Blake on 206-973-3082 and left him a message received a return call from Blake with a stream of “Break Anotha,” so they were among the first to hear it.
Simon Fuller, creator of the popular TV series and chief executive and founder of 19 Entertainment Label Group says, “Blake is an extraordinary artist; talented, distinctive and unique. He has made a fantastic debut album, and I am so looking forward to all his fans hearing it – they will love it.”
The 26-year-old singer was born in Redmond, Washington. He started singing at age five and competed in statewide talent contests while in high school. He became a beat-boxer at 17, inspired by the then Seattle-based a cappella group M-Pact. Lewis was a member of the Pacific Northwest a cappella group Kickshaw for four years.