Leona Louise Lewis
April 3, 1985, in Islington, London, England
Studied ballet and voice at several performing arts institutions, including the BRIT School, whose alumni include another recent British singing sensation, multi-Grammy winner Amy Winehouse
Named the winner of The X Factor in 2006 and signed a deal with SyCo/Sony in the U.K. and J Records in the United States
Spirit, released in the U.K. on Nov. 9, and in the U.S. today.