Leona Lewis is a British Singer and Songwriter who rose to stardom after winning the third season of the reality television music competition, The X Factor, which awarded her with a £1 million recording contract. Her winner’s single, which was a cover of Kelly Clarkson‘s “A Moment Like This”, topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in a row and broke a world record for having 50,000 digital downloads within thirty minutes.
In addition to her singing, Lewis is also an actress best known for starring in the comedy musical Walking On Sunshine. Below is all you need to know about the sensational singer and her journey to success.
Leona Lewis’ Bio
Leona Lewis was born to parents of different nationalities on the 3rd of April 1985 in Islington, London. Her father is of Guyanese descent while her mother is from Wales, and has both Irish and Italian ancestry. She has an older half-brother named Bradley and a younger brother named Kyle.
As a young girl, Lewis showed great interest in singing. Because of this, her parents enrolled her at a number of musically inclined schools until they could no longer afford it. First, she attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School, then the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before moving onto the Ravenscourt Theatre School and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. She was first trained in jazz and blues before switching over to popular and contemporary music.
Leona Lewis wrote her first song at the age of 12. By the time she turned 17, she decided to leave school to pursue a career in music. She worked different jobs to raise money for studio sessions. After about a year, she landed a lead role in The Lion King theatre show in Paris but lost the role after she broke her back while ice-skating.
The incident didn’t stop her from continuing to pursue her dreams as she moved on to record a demo album titled Twilight. The album was, however, never released commercially because it failed to get her a recording contract. Nevertheless, the singer recorded a second demo album called Best Kept Secret which reportedly cost her about £70,000 to make. She hoped the album will kick-start her music career but it didn’t quite perform as she had expected. One track from the album called “Private Party” was, however, a hit in London in 2015, giving her much needed exposure.
2006 proved to be a golden year for the singer as she registered in the 3rd series of The X Factor in London. She won the competition and landed a £1 million record deal with Syco Music (a record label owned by Simon Cowell). In 2007, Lewis signed a £5 million five-album deal with United States-based recording company, J Records, which is owned by Clive Davis.
After having worked with several songwriters and record producers like Dallas Austin, Stargate, Neyo, Salaam Remi, Walter Afanasieff and Steve Mac, Leona Lewis released her debut album Spirit in 2007 through the collaboration of Syco Music and J Records. The album topped both the Irish and UK album charts as its second single, “Bleeding Love” was voted in the UK as the Record of the Year.
Following her debut album, Lewis has gone ahead to release four more albums; Echo in 2009, Glassheart in 2012, Christmas, with Love in 2013 and I Am in 2015. She has been nominated for Three Grammy Awards, seven BRIT, three MOBO, five MTV Europe Music Awards and two Teen Choice Awards and has won several too. Currently, she is a recipient of twenty-four awards which includes MOBO Awards, MTV Asia Awards, MTV music video awards and lots more.
Who Is Her Boyfriend?
Leona Lewis reportedly dated her childhood friend, Lou Al Chamaa from 2001 to 2010. After her break up with Chamaa, she began dating Dennis Jauch who was a backup dancer performing with her at the time. The pair dated for about eight years before deciding to take their relationship to the next level by getting engaged in 2018.
According to numerous authority sites, Leona Lewis has a staggering net worth of $24 million. The British singer/songwriter was able to amass her wealth mostly through her singing career; record deals, tour tickets, and merchandise sales, as well as from her acting career.
Other Facts You Need to Know
1. Since the age of 12, Leona Lewis has been a vegetarian.
2. She is a philanthropist and a campaigner for World Animal Protection. She is also an activist and an advocate for the rights of animals who have supported many charity organizations that champion the rights of animals.
3. In 2014, she revealed through an open letter that following her departure from Syco Music, she suffered from extreme depression, although she was not clinically diagnosed.
3. Lewis majors in R&B, pop, soul as well as in electronic genre of music. She plays the piano and guitar and her vocal is mezzo-soprano.