Having taken the world by storm with a Number 1 album in 35 countries including being the FIRST UK SOLO ARTIST TO DEBUT ALBUM STRAIGHT TO #1 ON BILLBOARD 200. Leona Lewis is back with a brand new album on a brand new home. "I Am" is the sound of an artist coming of age; an upbeat and defiant assertion of Lewis' individuality, which demonstrates that striking, almost ethereal vocal range and a voice flooded with emotion. On title track "I Am" Leona sings powerfully about being "stronger without you" and on ballad "You Knew Me When" she insists, "I'm not the me I used to be". Whilst a lot is already being made of Leona's lyrical references and people are beginning to draw their own conclusions (not always right), these lyrics deal with Leona's many different experiences since starting her work on this project and over the last few years both personally and professionally…
Spirit is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, released by Syco Music in November 2007 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, followed by a worldwide release during early 2008. After winning the third series of reality singing contest The X Factor in December 2006, Lewis began recording the album in Sweden, the United Kingdom and United States, working with a variety of writers and producers. The album debuted at number one in nine countries, including the United Kingdom, United States and Germany, and peaked in the top five in a further eight countries.
"A quartet of major voices was on hand to fill the leading roles… Naturally, they gave fans of sheer vocalism a great deal to cheer about during the evening… Mr. Pavarotti gave a splendid full-throated performance… He was also a sensitive partner in the many ensemble numbers… Miss Mitchell filled the house gloriously… Mr. Milnes was a dominating force… Mr. Raimondi gave his usual solid performance, musically and dramatically… James Levine's conducting had plenty of passion and momentum." – New York Times
Leona started her career at the tender age of 3, when she started to play the piano, Leona, the Canadian born, Jamaican blooded singer/songwriter/actress, has developed a tremendous love for performing. At the age of 6, Leona established herself with her family from Toronto Canada in Oestgeest, the Netherlands. Here she enrolled at the Conservatory of Music at the age of 17. Although she cut het education short after het 3rd year, it had become quite obvious that showbiz is where she wants to be. After been sent to Hollywood for two months by her record compagny at the time she performed as suppoting act for Dru Hill in 1999 performing with Dutch R&B group Sat-R-Day in Rotterdam's Ahoy. She was asked to accompany The Nits, Arling & Cameron and Junkie XL on their Tokyo tour in 2000. In 2001 she played the Nubian slave Aida in Joop van den Ende's hit musical AIDA. Which lead to more theatre shows such as o.a. Big Black & Beautiful and The Blues Brothers.