Blake Lewis

  • Biography:

    Blake Lewis brought something different to the sixth season of American Idol: more contemporary song choices and a style of singing that incorporated human beatbox techniques. The gimmick paid off. Lewis became the second-place finisher behind Jordin Sparks and his 2007 debut album, Audio Day Dream, reached Number 10 on the Billboard 200.

    He was born Blake Colin Lewis on July 21st, 1981, in Redmond, Washington, the only child of Dallas Lewis and his musician wife, Dinah. Lewis developed an interest in music and theater in grade school and began beatboxing as a teenager at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington. After graduating from high school in 1998, he joined an a cappella group, KickShaw; four years later he began pursuing a solo career as Bshorty, a hip-hop and electronica singer and songwriter. Lewis was working on an album when he decided to audition for American Idol on a whim. During the competition, he consistently impressed the judges with original arrangements of such left-field song choices as the Zombies' 1968 hit "Time of the Season," Bon Jovi;s "You Give Love a Bad Name" and Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved." As the season wound down, Lewis capped off his hometown visit by performing "Baby Got Back" with Sir Mix-A-Lot in Seattle.

    In May 2007 he released a self-titled EP through iTunes; its single, his version of the Bon Jovi song, reached Number 18. Lewis signed with Arista Records in August 2007 and released Audio Day Dream that December. The album features songwriting from OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Lewis' Idol pal Chris Richardson; its first single, "Break Anotha," reached Number 85. In March 2008, he released a second single, "How Many Words."Blake Lewis brought something different to the sixth season of American Idol: more contemporary song choices and a style of singing that incorporated human beatbox techniques. The gimmick paid off. Lewis became the second-place finisher behind Jordin Sparks and his 2007 debut album, Audio Day Dream, reached Number 10 on the Billboard 200.

    He was born Blake Colin Lewis on July 21st, 1981, in Redmond, Washington, the only child of Dallas Lewis and his musician wife, Dinah. Lewis developed an interest in music and theater in grade school and began beatboxing as a teenager at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington. After graduating from high school in 1998, he joined an a cappella group, KickShaw; four years later he began pursuing a solo career as Bshorty, a hip-hop and electronica singer and songwriter. Lewis was working on an album when he decided to audition for American Idol on a whim. During the competition, he consistently impressed the judges with original arrangements of such left-field song choices as the Zombies' 1968 hit "Time of the Season," Bon Jovi;s "You Give Love a Bad Name" and Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved." As the season wound down, Lewis capped off his hometown visit by performing "Baby Got Back" with Sir Mix-A-Lot in Seattle.

    In May 2007 he released a self-titled EP through iTunes; its single, his version of the Bon Jovi song, reached Number 18. Lewis signed with Arista Records in August 2007 and released Audio Day Dream that December. The album features songwriting from OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Lewis' Idol pal Chris Richardson; its first single, "Break Anotha," reached Number 85. In March 2008, he released a second single, "How Many Words."

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