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Many times, a music producer will refer to a unique individual as having that "it factor." That means they have something special and are extremely talented. In the United Kingdom, a show called "The X Factor" was born. It's premise was to find an individual with those special "it" qualities. Season three winner, Leona Lewis, has the "it" and the "x" factor in spades. With a diva like voice, but humble personality, Lewis' album Spirit shows she definitely has a long and successful career ahead.
"Spirit" was first released in September of 2007 and released in Ireland in November of that same year, reaching number one immediately. It was Ireland's fastest-selling debut album of all time. In fact, that same month, Lewis was including in Entertainment Weekly as among "8 to Watch in '08" in their "Entertainer of the Year" issue, describing her as "the next Mariah Carey." The foreshadowing of that article was right on the money. Lewis released her album in America April 8, 2008 and through the guidance of Simon Cowell and Clive Davis, this twenty-two year old London native is already a success.
The first single off the album is "Bleeding Love," which was co-written by OneRepublic front man Ryan "Alias" Tedder and pop music sensation Jesse McCartney. The song, for obvious reasons, went on to be U.K.'s best selling single of 2007. It claimed the number one spot for seven weeks! Her soulful touch and warm voice make this song an instant favorite. With lyrics like, "But I don't care what they say/I'm in love with you/They try to pull me away/But they don't know the truth/My heart's crippled by the vein/That I keep on closing/You cut me open and I/Keep bleeding keep keep bleeding love," this song is an instant arrow to the heart. Anyone with a forbidden love in their life is sure to make this their anthem!
Further adding to Leona's potential is the fact that she has also worked with numerous prestigious producers and song writers (including those on "Bleeding Love"). She had the chance to work with singer/songwriter superstar Akon on her song "Forgive Me" and "Misses Glass" with producer/writers Madd Scientist and Rock City. Her CD and sound are simply a mix of fresh pop with sweet R&B. They also possess an important "contemporary edge" according to Lewis. Lewis, herself, was also a part of the song writing for her album. She had a hand in working on the up-tempo song "Whatever It Takes."
If you're more into Leona's soft side, you'll want to listen in to "Better In Time" and "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face," which is a song first made famous by Robert Flack. For those that are looking to do some dancing, check out tracks "The Best You Never Had" and "I'm You."
As an added treat, Spirit contains two additional UK Bonus Tracks that are "Footprints In The Sand" and "Here I Am." Her song "Footprints" is another one of her smooth soul inspired emotional tracks with a bit of gospel to it. In fact, the song was inspired by the "Footprints" passage that was written by Mary Stevenson.
The melody, lyrics, music and vocals are top notch on Leona Lewis' hot CD Spirit. Her sultry voice woos you like the songs of the Sirens and makes you warm inside. Those looking to spice up a night with a loved one can slip this in their player and those looking for love will treasure Lewis' music, none the less. Every song on this album is incredible and is full of power. It is easy to see why Leona was a hit in the UK and will be a force to reckon with for years to come.
Check Out Tracks:
1) Bleeding Love
2) Better In time
6) Misses Glass
8) the First Time Ever I Saw Your Face