Blake Lewis

Active - 2007 - 2008  |   Born - Jul 21, 1981 in Redmond, Washington, United States  |   Genres - Film, TV & Radio [nf]

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Best known as the beatboxing contestant on season six of American Idol, Blake Lewis hails from Bothell, WA. Lewis comes from a musical family -- his mother used to be in a rock band and continues to sing and play guitar -- and began singing himself at age five. He impressed Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, and Paula Abdul at the Seattle auditions with his beatboxing and performance of Seal's "Crazy," and further wowed them at Hollywood week, where he performed with fellow contestants Rudy Cardenas and Chris Sligh. Lewis upped his game every week, tackling contemporary arrangements like Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" and Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity" while slyly courting the teen-girl set -- who referred to themselves as "the Blaker Girls". His strategy paid off with a second-place finish behind winner Jordin Sparks. Lewis released his first solo album, "Audio Day Dream," in 2007 and followed up in 2009 with "Heartbreak on Vinyl."

Factsheet

  • Mother is a former rocker who still sings and plays guitar.
  • Began to sing at the age of 5; started beatboxing when he was 17.
  • Going by the name BShorty, became the national beatbox champion.
  • Runner-up for Season 6 of American Idol (2007); winner was Jordin Sparks.
  • Released his first single, "Break Anotha," in October 2007.