Leona Lewis' new album inspired by Motown

Leona Lewis on her Glassheart Tour

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis' festive album, 'Christmas, with Love', was inspired by the soulful records she used to listen to as a child.

Leona Lewis' Christmas album was inspired by Motown.

The 'One More Sleep' singer says she wanted to have a heavy old school influence on the songs on 'Christmas, with Love' as she grew up listening to soulful, R&B records.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "The inspiration for this is very much Motown. When I was first going to record the Christmas album, immediately that's what came to my mind because those are the kinds of Christmas records that I listened to. We wanted to go Motown, and we did ... we went there. It was really fun."

While the festive-themed album is sure to provide the perfect Christmas soundtrack, Leona, 28, has revealed she recorded the album under less than festive conditions over the summer.

She said: "We recorded in summertime. It was so weird because I recorded it in Brighton and I thought, 'OK, Brighton, it's summer but you don't really get a summer in Brighton.'

"It's usually really grim, but it was the sunniest summer Brighton has ever seen! It was a bit bizarre recording at that point."

Leona's album 'Christmas, with Love' is out now.

Leona Lewis

The big voiced X-Factor winner from a few years back returns to the stage. Expect big ballads and pop R&B including the absolutely colossal 'Bleeding Love'.


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