Leona Lewis (born 3rd April 1985) is a British singer. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
Lewis achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor in 2006, winning a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco Music. Her winners single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This", peaked at number one for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart and it broke a world record for having 50,000 digital downloads within 30 minutes. In February 2007, Lewis signed a five-album contract in the United States with Clive Davis's record label, J Records (now RCA Records).
Lewis's success continued with the release of her debut album, Spirit, in 2007; it went 10x platinum in the United Kingdom, while the lead single, "Bleeding Love", spent seven weeks at number-one. She achieved international recognition with the album in 2008, when she became the first British female to top the US Billboard 200 album chart in more than 20 years. Spirit has sold more than eight million copies worldwide, and "Bleeding Love" peaked at number one in over 30 countries.
It has subsequently been certified 'platinum' for sales in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Henderson has released three subsequent singles - Glow, Yours and Mirror Man.
Her debut album Chapter One was released on 13 October 2014 and peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart.