Leona Lewis is a British singer, songwriter, actress, model and activist. She achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor in 2006. She is one of the 4 judges of the upcoming drag singing competition series known as Queen of the Universe Season 1.
In this post, I will be writing about Leona Lewis biography, age, career, family, awards, net worth, relationship, and other facts about her. First, let’s look at her profile summary.
Leona Lewis was born on April 3, 1985, in Islington, London, England. She was born to a father of Afro-Guyanese descent and a mother with Welsh, Irish and Italian ancestry. She has an older half-brother by name Bradley and a younger brother by name Kyle.
When her parents noticed her passion for singing, they enrolled her at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and later at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, the Ravenscourt Theatre School and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology until they could no longer afford to so. They made cutbacks when necessary to help their daughter achieve her aspiration of being a singer.
Lewis revealed she has Hashimoto’s disease in 2017. She detailed the pain and fatigue experienced because of the condition.
Leona Lewis Career
In 2006, Lewis achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor, winning a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music. Her winner’s single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This”, peaked at number one for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart and broke a world record by reaching 50,000 digital downloads within 30 minutes. Lewis signed a five-album contract in the United States with Clive Davis’s record label, J Records in February 2007.
Lewis’s success continued with the release of her debut studio album, Spirit (2007). Spirit(2007) was certified 10× platinum in the UK and became the fourth best-selling album of the 2000s. It also became one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. According to the Official Charts Company, Spirit is the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the 21st century. Lewis’ lead single, “Bleeding Love”, spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and was the best-selling single of 2007. It was also the best-selling single of 2008 in the US and Lewis was proclaimed Best New Artist by Billboard the same year. She released her second studio album, Echo, and recorded the theme song, “I See You”, for the film Avatar in 2009.
Lewis released the single “Collide”, a collaboration with Swedish DJ Avicii, and her debut extended play, Hurt: The EP in 2011. Glassheart (2012), her third studio album, marked a new creative direction for her. It drew inspiration from dubstep and electronic music. She started recording material for her first Christmas album during her Glassheart Tour, which took place in mid 2013. Later that year, Christmas, with Love was released and its lead single, “One More Sleep”, peaked at number three in the UK. With this chart entry, Lewis became the first British female solo artist to reach the top five with eight singles, surpassing Olivia Newton-John’s record of seven.
Lewis made her film debut in Walking on Sunshine in 2014 and in 2015, her fourth studio album, I Am, was released. In 2016, she made her Broadway debut as Grizabella in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, and in 2017, she signed a modelling contract with Wilhelmina Models. She collaborated with Calum Scott on the single “You Are The Reason” (2018), and had a recurring role on the American television series The Oath (2019). In 2021, Lewis joined the Paramount+ show Queen of The Universe as a judge, alongside Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel and Vanessa Williams. The show is set to premiere on Paramount+ on December 2, 2021.
According to her record company, as of 2021, Lewis has sold over 35 million records worldwide. Aside from her music and acting career, she has publicly supported various charitable causes, particularly animal rights. She is also vegan.
Leona Lewis Awards/Nominations
Lewis has won many awards and these include; two MOBO Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, and two World Music Awards. She is also a six-time BRIT Award and three-time Grammy Award nominee.
Leona Lewis Family
Lewis was born to a father of Afro-Guyanese descent and a mother with Welsh, Irish and Italian ancestry. She also has an older half-brother by name Bradley and a younger brother by name Kyle.
Leona Lewis Husband
Lewis got married to her long-term fiancé, professional dancer and choreographer, Dennis Jauch, in July 2019. The marriage took place in Tuscany, Italy, at Sting’s 16th century, 865-acre, Il Palagio estate. The couple had been dating since 2010.