American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze Impresses at TNL

Photo by Carlie Viemann

Lee DeWyze, winner of the ninth season of iconic television show American Idol, performed on campus last Tuesday night as part of the College Programming Board’s Tuesday Night Live series.

The show opened with a performance by vocalist Anna Rose, who sung while accompanied by Adam Stoler on guitar. Rose’s dynamic voice electrified the audience. After Rose’s 30-minute set, headliner Lee DeWyze took center stage.

"He played a mix of old and new music, as well covers of popular songs which kept a lot of people involved. Lee has such a unique voice that was really cool to hear live,” said senior Cassidy Ebert.

Ramapo is just the beginning of DeWyze’s 2016 tour to promote his new release, “Oil and Water.” He played several songs from the album, including “Stone” and “Oil and Water,” which the album is named after.

 DeWyze also played songs from his 2013 hit album “Frames,” including, "Silver Lining,” “Fight” and "Stay Away.” The versatile musician also covered several songs originally performed by other artists. Sophomore Marco Salazar thought Lee “was very good; had a great voice” and was especially impressed by his performance of the “Blackbird Song,” a track made popular through its use on the hit television show “The Walking Dead.”

Sophomore Ariana Rivera said, “[I was] blown away, I had no idea what to expect and was shocked about how good [Lee DeWyze] was.”

 DeWyze attracted a sizeable crowd to Friends Hall in the first installment of this semester’s TNL. The musician has been active since his 2010 American Idol win and the stop at Ramapo acted as one of his earliest promotions to his upcoming album set to be released February 12.

 DeWyze later took to Twitter saying, “Thanks @RamapoCollegeNJ for a packed house, and a great crowd. You guys kicked ass!”