“Whatever It Takes” is a song by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis from her debut studio album, Spirit (2007). Lewis co-wrote it with Tony Reyes and Novel; the latter also co-produced it with Dallas Austin. It was the first song to be written for Spirit and one of only two songs on the album to involve Lewis in the writing process. It is a gospel-pop-influenced track. The song garnered a mixed response from music critics; it was praised for its upbeat instrumentation but criticised for lacking any “kick”. Upon the release of Spirit, the song debuted at number 61 on the UK Singles Chart due to strong digital download sales. Lewis has performed the song at the 2010 Rock in Rio and on her debut concert tour, The Labyrinth. It was later included on the subsequent DVD release called The Labyrinth Tour: Live from the O2.
“Trouble” is a song recorded by British recording artist Leona Lewis and American entertainer Childish Gambino for Lewis’ third studio album, Glassheart (2012). Inspired by Lewis’ break-up with childhood sweetheart Lou Al-Chamaa, “Trouble” is a mid-tempo R&B and trip hop ballad, with a piano and strings-driven melody. It was written by a British writing collective consisting of Lewis, Donald Glover, Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Shahid Khan, James Murray, Mustafa Omer, Emeli Sandé and Fraser T Smith. Production came courtesy of Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy and Smith, along with co-producer Chris Loco and additional producer Jahlil Beats. Music critics noted that the urban production marked a new direction for Lewis, particularly by featuring Gambino during the song’s middle eight breakdown with a poetic rap verse. A version excluding Gambino is also included on Glassheart.
“Trouble” was also influenced by British trip hop duo Massive Attack, who Lewis cited as a musical inspiration. Lewis’ falsetto and soprano vocal performance on the song garnered early praise from critics who commended the raw emotions, as well as Gambino’s guest rap and the song’s melodic strings- and piano-heavy production. “Trouble” premiered on 21 August 2012 on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast with Scott, ahead of its release as Glassheart’s lead single, superseding the 2011 single “Collide”, a collaboration with Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii. “Trouble” was released on 5 October 2012, preceding the album by one week, and entered the UK Singles Chart at number seven becoming Lewis’s ninth top-ten single. In Ireland “Trouble” charted at number twenty-one becoming Lewis’s eighth top-thirty single.
As part of promotion of the song, fans were given chance to produce their own remix of “Trouble” which was released alongside the single on Lewis’ official music store. An accompanying music video was filmed on 22 August in Los Angeles, with Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes cast as Lewis’ love interest. Haynes, a friend of Lewis, was chosen due to his physical resemblance to Lewis’ ex Al-Chaama. In the video, Lewis and Haynes’ relationship begins to unfold and culminates in an altercation between the duo before Haynes leaves and Lewis breaks down in tears. Lewis also recorded an acoustic performance of the song for her Vevo account. “Trouble” was promoted with performances on the ninth series of The X Factor (UK), on 7 October 2012, later on Alan Carr: Chatty Man and also during a set at London nightclub, G-A-Y.
“Thunder” is a song by British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis from her fifth studio album, I Am (2015). The song was written by Lewis and Toby Gad, who also produced the track. Lyrically, “Thunder” is about finding the strength to pick yourself up after falling on difficult times. Lewis explained that the song is about self-reflection and self-empowerment and finding the ability to look within in order to decide what is best to do next. Def Jam released “Thunder” on 24 July 2015 as the lead single in United States, but it is the third single to be released from the album overall. Remixes by Danny Verde and Tom Swoon were also released.
The track garnered a positive response from music critics, many of whom complimented its powerful and anthemic stance and declared it an album highlight. One critic believed the lyrics to be directed at Simon Cowell, Lewis’ former label boss. “Thunder” reached the top thirty on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs charts, and the top twenty on the Dance Club Songs chart. The song’s accompanying music video shows Lewis in a variety of outdoor spaces as clips of varying weather patterns are intercut. She has performed the track on several U.S. television shows, including Good Morning America, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Talk.
“Take a Bow” is a song recorded by British singer Leona Lewis for her debut studio album Spirit (2007). It was written by Jordon Omley, Michael Mani, Wayne Wilkins, Louis Biancaniello and Ryan Tedder. Tedder explained that he wanted to create an edgy song for Lewis so that it would not be boring or predictable. A Contemporary R&B and urban song, the lyrics focus the failure of a relationship. Its composition features an Ebb and Flo groove and received several comparisons to “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake.
“Take a Bow” received positive reviews from music critics. Most praised the production as unexpected and different but one felt it overshadowed Lewis’ vocals. Upon the release of Spirit, the song debuted at number 97 on the UK Singles Chart due to strong digital download sales. Lewis performed “Take a Bow” at the Rock in Rio festival and on her 2010 concert tour, The Labyrinth.
“Outta My Head” is a song recorded by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis for her second studio album Echo (2009). The track was written by Savan Kotecha, Max Martin and Johan “Shellback” Schuster, and produced by the latter two. It is an electropop and Eurodance song, and its compositional structure is noticeably different from the other songs on Echo. The instrumentation consists of keyboard riffs and beats, instead of pianos and guitars which are used on the other songs. The chorus of “Outta My Head” was compared to the works of Australian singer Kylie Minogue and German singer Cascada due to its Eurodance style. It debuted and peaked at number 98 on the Slovakian Singles Chart upon the release of Echo. Lewis has performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and it was included on the set list of her debut concert tour, The Labyrinth (2010).
“Lovebird” is a song recorded by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis for her third studio album Glassheart (2012). It was written by Bonnie McKee, Joshua Coleman and Dr. Luke, and produced by Josh Abrahams, Ammo and Oligee. “Lovebird” was recorded at Pulse Recording in Los Angeles and is a power ballad, incorporating a piano and synth-driven melody. The lyrics consist of Lewis informing her past lover that enough time has passed since their relationship for her to have moved on and to have developed as a person. Critics praised Lewis’ vocal performance, likening the her technical abilities to those of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. The musical structure of the song was heavily compared to one of her previous singles, “Bleeding Love”, along with songs performed by Adele. The accompanying music video shows Lewis trying to escape from a giant bird cage.
To promote “Lovebird”, Lewis performed the song on talk shows Daybreak and Loose Women in the United Kingdom, in addition to singing competition La Voz in Spain. Nonetheless, “Lovebird” sold fewer than 600 copies upon its release, failing to attain one of the top 200 chart positions on the UK Singles Chart; however, two weeks after the release of Glassheart, “Lovebird” peaked at number 22 on the South Korea Gaon Single Chart due to strong digital download sales.
“I Got You” is a song performed by British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis for her second studio album, Echo (2009). It was written by Arnthor Birgisson, Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, with production helmed by Birgisson. It was recorded by Birgisson at Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA and The Vault, Stockholm, Sweden, who was assisted by Lewis on the songs vocal production. It was released to United States Contemporary hit radio on 8 December 2009, and throughout Europe to download digitally on 19 February 2010. “I Got You” is a pop ballad, and instrumentation consists of guitars and synthesizers.
The song garnered a mixed response from music critics. Peter Robinson for The Guardian wrote that “I Got You” “is an impressive distant relative of “Bleeding Love”. Other critics praised Lewis’ vocal performance and likened it to the structure of her cover of Snow Patrol’s “Run”. Despite this, some critics criticised the song for not being memorable. “I Got You” failed to achieve commercial success. It achieved a peak position of number three on the UK R&B Chart, number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, and peaked inside the top 50 singles Austria, Belgium, Germany and New Zealand.
As part of promotion for the songs release as a single, an accompanying music video was shot at Venice Beach, California, and directed by Dave Meyers. The content of the video revolves around couples who try to resolve their differences and arguments. In the video, scenes of Lewis performing in front of a heart engulfed in flames and sitting on an apartment floor barefoot are intercut. In the United States, Lewis performed the song live on the Late Show with David Letterman, whilst in the United Kingdom, she performed on multiple television shows, including So You Think You Can Dance, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and The National Lottery Draws. It was included on the set list of her debut tour, The Labyrinth (2010).
“I Am” is a song by British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis from her fifth studio album, I Am (2015). The song was written by Lewis, Toby Gad and Eg White, with Gad and White producing it. Lyrically, “I Am” is about the feelings and emotions experienced by Lewis following her departure from her former record label Syco and its boss, Simon Cowell. It is a dance-influenced track which makes use of strings, piano and drums as part of its instrumentation. Its composition garnered comparisons to singers Avril Lavigne and Massive Attack. Island released “I Am” on 17 July 2015 as the lead single for the United Kingdom, but it is the second single to be released from the album overall. Remixes by Fastlane and DEVolution were also released. The track garnered a positive response from music critics, many of whom praised Lewis’ strong and emotive vocal performance and described it as a standout on the album. Lewis has performed the song live on The National Lottery: In It to Win It and at the BBC’s Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park festival.
“Homeless” is a song by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis from her debut studio album, Spirit (2007). The song was written by Swedish songwriter Jörgen Elofsson and produced by Steve Mac. Musically, it is an R&B Power ballad, with instrumentation consisting of a piano and a guitar. The song’s lyrics revolve around Lewis singing about waiting for her boyfriend to come home to where she is waiting for him, but feels homeless without him. The song garnered mixed reviews from music critics, some of whom praised Lewis’s vocal performance but criticized its composition. Upon the release of Spirit, the song debuted at number 173 on the UK Singles Chart on the strength of digital download sales. Lewis performed “Homeless” at the annual WXKS-FM Boston KISS Concert in 2008, along with “Bleeding Love” and “Better in Time”. It was also included on the set list of The Labyrinth tour in 2010.
“Happy” is a song performed by British singer Leona Lewis for her second studio album Echo (2009). It was written by Lewis, Ryan Tedder, Evan Bogart, and produced by Tedder, and it was premiered in the United Kingdom radio on 6 September 2009, and officially released on 15 September 2009, by digital download in the United States, serving as the album’s lead single. Lyrically, it talks about a protagonist, that wants to be happy and seize the day.
It received generally positive reviews from music critics, praising the production and, some of them, calling it a “number one song”. The single was promoted in the television programmes America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, among others, and on the VH1 Divas concert in 2009. The music video was filmed in Cuba, and describes a woman who is in love with her friend. The song debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 selling nearly 52,000 copies in the US, while in the UK, “Happy”, debuted and peaked at number two, being blocked from the top spot by the song “Meet Me Halfway” by The Black Eyed Peas. Moreover, the single reached the top ten in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Switzerland.