Lewis at the American Music Awards of 2009
name: Leona Lewis
background: Solo singer
birth name: Leona Louise Lewis
birth date: 3/4/1985, 28 years
Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is a British singer and songwriter. She first came to prominence after winning the third series of The X Factor in 2006. Her debut album, Spirit, was released in 2007, and sold over eight million copies worldwide. The album’s most successful single, “Bleeding Love”, reached number one in over 30 countries around the world, and was the best-selling single worldwide in 2008. She was proclaimed ‘Top New Artist’ by Billboard magazine in 2008. Lewis released her second album, Echo, in 2009. Her debut tour, The Labyrinth, took place in 2010. Her third album Glassheart was released 12 October 2012. It was preceded by the single “Collide”, which became her seventh top-five hit in the UK. With the release of Hurt: The EP and “Trouble”, Lewis has had nine top-ten hits in the UK. Nominated for seven Brit Awards and three Grammy Awards, Lewis has sold 28 million records worldwide. With her expansive vocal range and powerful, emotive ballads, Lewis has been compared to her idol Whitney Houston. As of 2013, Lewis is the best selling The X Factor act in the United Kingdom.