Leona Lewis' new album inspired by Motown

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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.

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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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