Leona Lewis was born April 3, 1985 in London, and is an award-winning British R&B and pop singer-songwriter. Lewis rose to stardom after winning the third series of the UK television talent show The X Factor.
Lewis is relatively new to the world entertainment stage, but began her musical training very young. Lewis attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School at the age of five and went on to other admired music programs, where she learned how to play the guitar and piano. At this time, Leona also began to write her own songs. Lewis was writing, producing, and distributing her own music and struggling to secure a record deal when she decided to enter The X Factor competition. She was announced the winner of the third cycle of the series in 2006, winning a massive record contract and instant stardom in the UK and beyond.
All of Lewis’s subsequent singles and albums have been massive successes. Her first single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” sold more than a million copies. In 2007 she released her debut album Spirit, which went straight to number one in several countries, including the UK, the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Lewis’s second single off the album, “Bleeding Love,” hit number one on the charts in several countries and stayed there for weeks. Lewis has truly defined the term “international breakthrough,” as “Bleeding Love” became number one in the United World Chart in March 2008, and Lewis was asked to perform during the closing ceremonies of the Summer 2008 Olympic Games.
In November of 2008 Leona Lewis was awarded two prizes by the World Music Awards, showing her quick and far-reaching path to stardom. She was named both Best Pop Female and Best New Artist.