Tag Archives: Leona Lewis

All the girls in the studio – huge music explosion – soon?

11 May

Teairra Mari 2009

Teairra Mari 2009

With names like Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Alexandra Burke and Diana Vickers all in the studio, the future of girl power looks bright :: but that’s not all the good news :: there are plenty of other up-and-coming starlets in the wings, not least Teairra Mari (photo) looking to be the new Rihanna

the significance of the new music is also emphasised by the dominance of girls and women in the charts – they not only top the charts, the girls regularly outsell the boys 2-to-1 in most genres :: whoop whoop :: so while the male-dominated music companies wail and moan, the girls are laughing all the way to the bank – or Barbados as the case may be

also of interest is the new approach to so many photo-shoots and album artwork :: the clear, bright and full-summer colours of Kelly Clarkson‘s recent CD covers are echoed in the style of Teairra’s recent promotional shots :: which is a tremendous improvement from the bleak and moody and grey and boring and downright crap style of indie bands and indie girls

music can be clever and meaningful :: but it can also be soaring and uplifting and powered by the superb voices of the girls and women mentioned above :: go girls !!

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Whole Lotta Love in full colour – Olympic triumph for Leona Lewis

14 Mar

leona-lewis-2008-summer-olympics-beijing-closing-ceremony3_150pxA recent documentary about the British promotion for the 2012 Olympics included, at last, a high quality soundtrack for the Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis contribution to the closing ceremony at Beijing. Sound problems during the live broadcast meant a low quality version was all we heard.

Music chief Philip Sheppard together with co-producer Steve Robson worked with Page and Lewis on the preparation of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love as being an ideal signature tune for the British bid.

leona-lewis-and-jimmy-page-at-beijing-olympics-august-20082_250pxSheppard was astonished at how technically and musically accomplished Leona Lewis is as an artist. He said, “I’ve not worked with many singers in the pop world who can discuss coloratura technique, and operas by Purcell and Bellini … Leona can really sing with heart and soul, balanced with quite astounding technique.”

They laid down the backing at Olympic Studios ( with as near to an authentic setup as possible, including the use of risers for the drums and correct amplifiers. So while Jimmy and Leona were live, the backing track had been prepared by bass player Guy Pratt and drummer Geoff Dugmore.

As Sheppard says, Leona Lewis is a remarkable singer, and totally at home with huge rock as much as power ballads.

not yet metal but we can hope – Leona Lewis as rock chick

23 Feb

there are many superb voices in gothic metal and so this recommendation is a little off topic :: but Leona Lewis has such an awesome voice there is hope she will one day sing with a huge metal band behind her

having now heard a number of live versions of Leona singing Run there is no doubt she has a unique talent and gift :: this version is from Divas II and perhaps shows her live skill to best effect

you will also see a few others on YouTube but maybe this is the best quality …

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