I was watching American Idol a few weeks back and saw brief video clip of Blake Lewis arranging a song with a laptop. It looked like he was running Ableton Live, but it went by so fast I wasn’t sure. Last week he specifically mentioned that he uses Ableton Live.
This video clearly shows he had a great act, great chops, and some serious skills performing with Ableton Live and a midi pedal board prior to being "Idolized".
Watch the whole video as the performance near the end is really great.
Article Update: If you found this article becuase you are a Blake Lewis fan and would like to start using music software, you might be interested
in knowing the Blake uses a program called Ableton Live. This program
is extremely popular for composing, producing, as a recording studio,
mixing, mashups, djing, and performing live. One of the key reasons so
many use it is that you can ONE program to both create music and
perform Live!It’s also extremely popular for laptop use.
This blog has a "Ableton Live" category
dedicated to helping people work with the program. If you are
interested in buying this program or upgrading from an older version to
the current version, you can buy this program at a discount using these
links: Ableton Live 6 Music Software | Ableton Live 6 Upgrade from Version 5 . Check out www.ableton.com for more info on the product.