Leona Lewis was born in Islington London in August 1985. From a very young age Leona had a passion for singing and wrote her first song at the age of 12. She then went onto an under 18 singing competition and won. Her big break came when she auditioned for X-factor a British talent show similar to American Idol. In December 2006 she was crowned the winner of the 3rd season. She released her first single a few days after winning the competition and it went straight to number one for online music stores. She currently lives with her longtime boyfriend Al-Chamaa in Hackney.