Leona Lewis Bio: Age, Height, Net Worth, What is she up to now?
- Name: Leona Lewis
- Occupation: Singer
- Citizenship: British
- Ethnicity: Mixed
Leona is a British-born singer, songwriter, actress, model, and activist. She’s famous for winning the 2006 X-Factor and her cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This.”
Leona Lewis age
Leona Louise Lewis was born on April 3, 1985, in Islington, London, England.
Leona Lewis Ethnicity
She was born to an Afro-Guyanese descent father and a mother of Welsh, Irish and Italian ancestry. She has two brothers, an older half-brother, Bradley, and a younger brother, Kyle.
Her parents noticed her passion for singing and decided to enroll her at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, the Ravenscourt Theatre School, and later on at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, till they could no longer afford the expenses from the school.
Leona Lewis height
Lewis stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall.
When Leona turned 17, she decided to leave the BRIT School and get the exposure she needed to pursue her career in music.
At that time, she had begun her songwriting journey and had also started recording her songs.
She worked at a solicitor’s office as a receptionist and a waitress at a Pizza Hut, all in a bid to fund her studio sessions.
Then, at 18, she secured a lead role in the theatre show for The Lion King in Paris but had to withdraw following an accident.
When trying to secure a record deal proved difficult, she decided to try out The X Factor in 2006, where she auditioned with the song ” Over the Rainbow” for the judges, including Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, and guest judge Paula Abdul.
As a result, she was placed under Cowell’s mentorship in the 16-24 category.
On December 16, 2006, she won the competition; as part of her prize, Leona signed a recording contract with Cowell”s record label, Syco Music, worth £1 Million.
Leona’s winning song, a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” broke a world record by being downloaded 50,000 times in less than 30 minutes after its release in London on December 17, 2006.
The song made number one on the UK Christmas single, selling about 571,000 copies in its first week. For six weeks, the song was also number one in Ireland and spent four consecutive weeks on the top chart.
Although it’s release time, it also became the second best-selling single in the United Kingdom in 2006 and certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which denoted over 600,000 copies.
Nine hundred thousand copies of Leona’s song version were sold in the United Kingdom as of December 2014.
Leona Lewis signed a £5 million, five-album contract deal in February 2007 with Clove Davis’s record label, J Records.
It involved Cowell and Davis having a first-of-a-kind partnership on the song and producer selection for her debut album, Spirit.
She recorded the tracks in London, Miami, Atlanta, New York City, and Los Angeles, working with several songwriters and producers.
The “Spirit” album was released in November 2007 and peaked at number one on the Irish Albums Chart and the UK Albums Chart. It became the fastest-selling debut album in both countries and the UK’s fourth fastest-selling album of all time.
It was released to other countries in January 2008 and went straight to number one in Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, South Africa, and Australia. Her song entered number one on the Billboard 200, making her the first British artist to reach number one with a debut album. Her album has a 9× platinum and has sold over 9 million copies worldwide.
Her second album Bleeding Love was released in 2007 in the UK; in its first week, it sold 218,805 copies, giving it the most significant first-week sales of 2007 to date.
It stayed number one on the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks and number one on the Irish Singles Chart.
The album won The Record of the Year in December 2007. The song soon became the first track by a UK female to reach number one since “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Kim Wilde in 1987.
She received nominations for Grammy and BRIT Awards, but despite being the favorite, she won none. However, she won awards for Best Album for “Spirit” and Best Video for her song “Bleeding Love” at the 2008 MOBO Awards.
Why did Leona Lewis leave Simon?
In November 2000, Echo; her third album Glassheart was released in October 2012. In 2014 she left Syco Music and signed a deal with Universal Music’s Island Records in the UK.
She left Island Records in 2016, She won the NBC TV show Songland in 2019, with the winning song “Solo Quiero (Somebody to Love),” written during the show.
Leona Lewis husband
At the age of 12, Leona Lewis became a vegetarian. She won PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian and also Europe’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2009.
She is an avid supporter of World Animal Protection and a patron of Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood, Essex. She was also named Person of the Year by PETA in 2008.
She revealed that she had Hashimoto disease in 2017, sharing details of the pain experienced due to the condition.
Leona Lewis Wedding
She started dating Dennis Jauch, a professional dancer, and choreographer, in 2010. By July 2019, they got married in Tuscany, Italy
How Rich is Leona Lewis? Leona Lewis Networth
Leona has an estimated net worth of $10 million.