Leona Lewis has arrived. The 23-year-old English singing sensation is making a name for herself in the U.S. with her hot new single, “Bleeding Love,” off her debut album Spirit. (It’s out tomorrow, and I say get it ASAP!).
She first hit it big in Europe after winning Simon Cowell’s British talent show, The X Factor. And now, in a first, Cowell and music-label legend Clive Davis have teamed up to bring her Stateside by jointly releasing her on their labels.
I recently sat down with Lewis for some one-on-one time at a Santa Monica hotel. We talked Oprah Winfrey, Simon Cowell and stealing cars. No, she doesn’t have a rap sheet.You were recently on Oprah. What did it feel like to walk into Harpo Studios in Chicago?
It’s huge. My aunt nearly combusted when I told her I was going on Oprah. It was an experience I will never forget. And if I never do anything again, I’ve been on Oprah. [Laughs.]
You’re obviously friends with Simon now, but were you scared to death of him when you first met?