When Leona Lewis announced that she had left Simon Cowell’s Syco record label back in 2014 it came as a welcome surprise. The fans had been calling for her to leave the X Factor label for sometime after the messy release of third album Glassheart, which saw her sell a tiny fraction of what she is clearly capable of.
But not many – this writer included – thought she would ever jump ship. Leona was the original X Factor superstar. Before ‘Bleeding Love’, winners were seen as second-rate popstars with a two-album shelf life at best. ‘The Voice of an Angel’ crushed that perception, and helped Cowell sell the X Factor brand across the world, as well as opening the pathway for later international breakouts such as One Direction, Little Mix and Olly Murs.
So you’d be forgiven for thinking Syco would a) make sure Leona had the freedom, confidence and resources to continue to make the best possible albums, and b) make sure their prime diva was content with the direction of her career so she doesn’t become desperate to leave. Obviously, judging by Leona’s subsequent departure to Island Records, it got to a stage where neither of these things were happening. And while this was all brewing behind the scenes, Leona’s meek and mild demeanour meant she kept a high level of class and didn’t shout off to the press or vent frustration on social media.
However, with that in mind, album number five is very much a case of let the music do the talking. There’s no escaping the break-up lyrics that lead the new tracks. This isn’t the breakdown of a personal relationship, though, but rather a professional one. Leona opened her showcase in London last night (April 14) with new track ‘I Am'; an empowering mid-tempo ballad that has a razor sharp defiance. It has jolts of breakbeats on the chorus, and isn’t wildly different sonically from what we’ve heard from her before, but the biggest change comes in the tone of the narrative, proving that behind that sweet Hackney smile there is plenty of bite with plenty to say.
The toughest challenge Leona has always faced is mastering an uptempo number that she can feel comfortable with. It’s one she has finally cracked with ‘I Got You'; a bouncy groove with a funk-driven undercurrent. It’s positive, it’s infectious, and it has a real chance of becoming a hit. But most importantly it’s a pacier track that agrees with Leona’s natural style and rhythm, rather than cornering her into a full-blown techno blowout that feels forced.
What’s more, following track ‘Ladders’ also flits between mid-tempo and uptempo territory, building into a gospel-like crescendo towards the end. Leona explained that the song deals with appreciating the lows as much as the highs, hinting that she needed to experience the bad times at her former label to get to where she is now. We suspect it won’t prove easy listening for Mr Cowell.
Leona Lewis plays showcase at the Hospital Club in London.
Essentially, it wouldn’t be a Leona album without a soaring ballad, and ‘Thank You’ was dedicated to her parents who have helped her through some teary nights in recent years. It’s a classic slow number that allows Leona’s insane vocal range full space to reach its peak, reminding us of those intricate ad-libs and powerhouse belting notes that made ‘Bleeding Love’ a worldwide smash. As one person rightly whispered in the crowd: “They don’t make X Factor winners like this anymore.”
It ended on new single ‘Fire'; a jaunty, soulful number, with a foot-stomping beat and Leona on the piano. It’s hard to ignore the whiff of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’, but it almost ramps it up even higher with an electrifying guitar solo in the middle and Leona belting “fire” over sassy claps. It’s an extremely solid lead for the album and easily has the potential to put Leona back at the top of the chart.
This is clearly going to be Leona’s statement album. From what we’ve heard so far it’s full of passion, heartache and struggle, but it’s lined with hope and a general sense that this is the happiest she has ever been with what she is performing. Every man and his dog knows that Leona has an incredibly strong vocal, but now she finally has an equally strong voice to go with it.
5th Album Showcase
Amazing news guys finally the new era is starting!! Leona’s label just confirmed that she will be doing a showcase to present her album, next tuesday (April 14th ,2015) to some of her fans and to the press… EXCITING! Island Records and Leona are also giving people an amazing gift! you can be the lucky one (of ten fans) that can win two pair of tickets to see the live show in London!! AMAZING!, if you live there or ar near you can sign up here and be there in line to see/listen what we’ve been waiting for, for so long.
She also confirmed a couple of hours ago via Twitter that she was coming back home after having shot a video, that we are 80% sure is for Fire (Under my Feet), her new single that will be released in the UK on June 21st, according to CapitalFM.
Just home from my video shoot! Still on a high, this one is so special ahhhh eeeeeeek
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) April 9, 2015
As you may know Leona Lewis peformed a few months ago (November 2014) at the Baloise Session festival in Switzerland and we were thinking professional footage of the concert were never be uploaded to the concert’s official site; Well we got a surprise today! 3 HD videos were uploaded! Unfortunately they uploaded only cover versions of “Hotel California” (Eagles), “Happy” (Pharrel), “Diamonds” (Rihanna). We grabbed the videos from the site in excelent HD so we hope you enjoy them! Leona sounded great, especially in “Hotel California”.
Leona Lewis – Hotel California (Live) Baloise Session HD
Leona Lewis – Happy (Live) Baloise Session HD
Leona Lewis – Diamonds (Live) Baloise Session HD
Hey everyone! It’s a very good news … Today Leona and her team revealed a backstage footage of Leona Lewis studio sessions! She’s teasing fans with new song! Have a look below…
It seems like the new era is finally starting!
As you may know today will be the 57th Grammy Awards Celebration and as per usual Leona was invited to some of the pre parties that are made in Hollywood in anticipation of the big ceremony!. As always we wanted to bring exclusive photos in high quality of the events, so here are more than 30 pictures of Leona attending the Rolling Stones pre Grammy party and the Essence 6th annual Black Women in Music Event in California, US.
Essence 6th annual Black Women in Music Event (HQ)
Rolling Stone X Google Play pre-Grammy party
05-02-2015 Leona Lewis leaving the Rolling Stone X Google Play pre-Grammy party in Hollywood (HQ)
UPDATE: 2015 CAA Grammy Awards party
Finally! After waiting a whole year for new music, Leona decided to give her fans a little Christmas Treat! She uploaded a 37 second preview of a new song that will possibly be in her upcoming album, to be released next year!! It’s so short, but so good! Loving the attitude that this little preview shows! and Leona sounds amazing! check it out bellow:
Leona was invited to perform at the opening of the Kieu Hoang Winery Grand Opening in Napa Valley, California, USA last night (01/11/2014) and it was pretty good. She offered an exclusive gig for the event guests with an impresive acoustic sound and new arragement for some songs, that I personally ENJOYED a lot! (Hope she brings this band with her more often). She performed some of her songs and her usual range of covers. Bellow is the complete setlist and a video with the whole concert, thanks to Gregory from leonalewislive.com
Kieu Hoang Winery Grand Opening Concert- Setlist
- Come Alive
- Better in Time
- Favourite Scar
- Forgive Me
- Whatever it Takes
- Glassheart *
- Happy (Pharrel Cover)
- Diamonds (Rihanna Cover)
- Hotel California (Eagles Cover) *
- Bleeding Love
* She sounded so good on these songs! Love the acoustic arragement on Glassheart
It was a busy night for Leona yesterday night, as she attended the Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala event in West Hollywood, California, US. Other animal activists of the entertainment industry like Pamela Anderson and songwriter Diane Warren also attended the gala. We have uploaded a set of photos of Lee walking the red carpet, looking beautiful as always. Check them out by clicking on the thumbnails bellow:
Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala
Hello everyone, We’re really sorry for the lack of updates on the site, We’ve been so busy with our personal life that We’ve abandon the site just a bit, but We’re back to bring you amazing news. Last night Leona visited Portugal, where she offered an exclusive concert at the Sheraton Pine Cliffs hotel for the 18th edition of the Algarve Summer Festival, in the city of Algarve of this beautiful country. The show was crowded and Leona sang incredible as always with a fresh set list that included songs like her classics “Bleeding Love”, “Run”, “Come Alive” but also new ones she’s never performed like “Favourite Scar” and the covers “Could you be Loved” (Bob Marley), “Titanium” (David Guetta) and “Happy” (Pharrel Williams). Portuguese fans (as always so loyal with Leona) attended the show and were over the moon with it! They recorded some amazing videos that you can watch bellow (more will be added to the playlist as soon as they come out). We also added a set of HQ pictures of the concert to the gallery thanks to click time photo and a short interview that local channel TVI 24 from Portugal made to Leona after the concert (you can watch a little bit Favourite Scar’s performance which sounds really good live!) click here to watch the interview
Leona’s debut movie ‘Walking on Sunshine’ it’s just days away to be in theaters all around the UK and Europe and promotion have just started, after it’s official premiere last week. As Leona mentioned in her twitter a few days ago, she and a few other cast members recorded a music video to promote the film and also the OST for it. Well, the music video is out and I have to say that it is GREAT! This version of the song seems to include Leona’s singing way more than the one showed on the movie and the video is so much fun! Watch it bellow: