Blake Colin Lewis (born July 21, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and beatboxer who was the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. His major label debut album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) was released on December 4, 2007 through 19 Recordings/Arista Records.On October 30, 2007, his first single “Break Anotha” was released. The album landed on number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 as its highest peak position with 97,500 copies sold in its debut, and has sold over 350,000 copies. After the release of his second single “How Many Words”, which peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs, Lewis was dropped by Arista Records. Lewis eventually signed with Tommy Boy Records.
Lewis was born in Redmond, Washington to Dallas and Dinah Lewis.Dinah is a former rocker who still sings and plays guitar.He is an only child and is of Welsh, Swiss, German and Irish descent.He attended Kenmore Junior High and later Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington.In high school, Lewis participated in many high school state competitions . He also took part in numerous musicals, as well as comedy and rap videos with his friends.In many of these videos, he portrayed his alter ego, Jimmie Walker Blue, the character he introduced during the semi-final round of American Idol.
Though he initially found American Idol unappealing, Lewis auditioned for it in Seattle with “Crazy” by Seal and an off-screen rendition of “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5.Introducing himself as the local beatboxing champion in the audition, Lewis beatboxed along with his teammates, including Chris Sligh, Rudy Cárdenas and Tom Lowe, to “How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee Gees in the Hollywood’s Week. The memorable performance received a standing ovation from the audience and Paula Abdul, who commented “that brought down the house”. In an early episode of the United Kingdom edition of American Idol, Lewis recalled his first solo performance in the Hollywood’s Week was “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations. When later he sang it in front of the other finalists, Phil Stacey felt that it was the best performance he has seen from Lewis.