Leona Lewis says she cannot wait to be inspired this weekend in Dubai by her “friends”.
“I’m so excited,” she gushed from her London recording studio. “I love being around live performers and live shows. So I know this is going to be amazing. I went to see Sweeney Todd at the theatre and it just reminded me how I’m constantly inspired by music and inspired by people.”
Having worked with Ne-Yo, Taio Cruz, Skylar Gray and being best mates with “Tasha”, as she refers to her fellow Londoner Natasha Bedingfield, Lewis isn’t ruling out a reunion on stage.
“Who knows?” she said. “It’s so nice that we’ll all see each other. You get to know people and spend time with them in the studio. But then you go off and do your own thing. Tasha, she’s such a great girl and we don’t get to see each other very often, especially with all the live shows we do. She’s SO nice. She’s a lot of fun.”
Working on her long-awaited album, Lewis is keeping her fans waiting with the promise that it will all be worth it.
She left LA and went home to London in order to focus, according to the 27-year-old.
“We are just vibing and seeing what inspires us and creating. Taking things to the next level. I want to make an album that’s timeless. That takes a while to come to fruition but worthwhile in the end.”
Lewis auditioned for the third series of the UK X Factor in 2006, singing Over the Rainbow and was then mentored by Simon Cowell. In December the UK public voted her winner and Lewis scooped a million-pound recording contract.
“There’s always a back story,” she said criticising the people who at the time claimed she would be a flash in the pan. “I think only now people have started to realise that I didn’t just walk out of my bedroom and onto a big stage and that was it. I’ve always sung. I’ve always worked hard and I still work hard now.”
Works hard, plays hard and as we expected it all comes back down to the people around her.
“All of my focus is on my album. The only thing I sometimes kinda miss is being around my friends and family so much. But when I come back and I can spend quality time with them it’s great. It’s a bit of give and take.”