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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Lovely Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis, pictured on the album above, is the recent music "talk of the town". I hadn't seen her before until Jimmy Kimmell's show which she appeared on the other night. The 23 year old singing sensation is gorgeous and talented just like a friend told me the other day. Lewis won the third series of "The X Factor" a singing talent show in the UK. She made it onto this series with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". After winning, she released the debut single called "A Moment Like This" in December 2006 and it was downloaded about 50,000 times within 30 minutes (a world record). The song was a cover of the popular Kelly Clarkson song. Leona's debut album, Spirit, was just released here this month, but had been released over in Europe back in November 2007. Her album was also the first by a British artist to reach to the top of the US Billboard 200. She's also been named Cosmopolitan's "Newcomer of the Year" for 2007 amongst several other awards.

According to Wikipedia, Leona's musical influences include Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Joni Mitchell, Anita Baker, Eva Cassidy, Minnie Riperton, Toni Braxton, Oleta Adams, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, SWV, and Christina Aguilera. Wow SWV is definitely a blast from the past. Lewis lives in Hackney with her boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa who she has known since 9 years old. It may become a longtime love affair as Lewis has stated she would like to marry her childhood sweetheart and current romance. According to recent news, both Simon Cowell and Oprah Winfrey are simply "in love with Lewis", and so are many other fans across the US, Europe and elsewhere.

On the Jimmy Kimmell show, Jimmy joked with Leona about meeting Oprah, who is the equivalent of our "Queen" in the States. Jimmy said Oprah can have people she doesn't like beheaded here in the US. He also joked with Miss Lewis that once you become famous it's time to ditch your longtime boyfriend for a new one here in the US...Leona chuckled, but as of right now her and her guy are still together...Sorry guys.

Leona Lewis Wikipedia

Leona Lewis Myspace

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