Leona Lewis is the featured artist on next week’s episode of Songland! And we have an exclusive clip of her talking about what she looks for in a song.
Here’s the pop star discussing what makes a song great:
Who is Leona Lewis?
Leona Lewis is a British singer and songwriter who rose to fame after winning The X Factor UK. She won a recording contract with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Music. Her winning single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This”, hit #1 for four weeks on the UK Singles chart and broke a world record for reaching 50,000 digital downloads in just 30 minutes. Quite a start to her career!
Since then, Leona Lewis has released five studio albums. Her first, “Spirit” in 2007, was certified 10x platinum and is one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. In the US, she was also the first UK solo artist to debut at number one with a debut album. The lead single from that album, “Bleeding Love,” was the best-selling single of 2007 in the UK and of 2008 in the US. She has been nominated for six Brit Awards and three Grammy Awards.
What Makes a Song Great?
Leona Lewis definitely knows what it takes to make a hit. After all, she’s had #1 hits in the UK and the US! So she will be a fun artist for these songwriters to write for. Her four-octave range and diverse style should provide plenty of options and variety for the songwriters too. When she hears a song, Leona says she likes to explore unusual melodies. She likes weird, different lyrics that are still relatable to listeners.
“Music speaks to everyone, it emotes and brings everything together.”
Leona also mentions she loves working with producer Ryan Tedder! She compliments his talents and range. We did some research and he has actually written SEVEN of Leona Lewis’s songs, including her biggest hit ever, “Bleeding Love.”
Well, we are excited to see the pair work together again. Tune in to Songland, Wednesday night at 9/8c on NBC to see Leona Lewis’s next song come to life!