British singing sensation Leona Lewis gave a show-stopping performance last week. While Hizreen Kamal was impressed, she came away wanting a little more
SHE came, she sang and she left.
British pop star Leona Lewis thrilled the audience at this year’s Sapura & Kencana Petroleum Red Ribbon GP Ball at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur last Thursday.
The 26-year-old singer-songwriter first came to prominence in 2006 when she won the third edition of the British TV talent show The X Factor. She has since released three albums.
She is big on ballads and is known for her vocal prowess that has been likened to a young Whitney Houston. But her famous large mop of golden brown corkscrew curls became dark wavy tresses that evening.
Backed by a four-piece band, Lewis came on stage wearing a long, white silk dress which accentuated her curves, with a huge red flower on her head.
She kicked off her showcase with the emotional Brave, off her second album, Echo. Her almost morbid four-octave vocal range mesmerised some 700 guests comprising Kuala Lumpur’s who’s who in their most stylish get-ups.
The guest list was headed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah Hamidun, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and KL mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail.
Other guests at the charity ball, held in conjunction with the Sepang F1 race, included Hollywood actors Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Camilla Belle, and F1 superstars Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Pastor Maldonado.
Following her “brave” rendition, Lewis performed another equally challenging ballad, Don’t Let Me Down, also from the same album. Then came her more popular single, the R&B-tinged pop tune Better In Time, which had some in the audience tapping to the beat and humming along.
Whatever It Takes, a chirpier gospel-pop singalong, was performed next.
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