Today sees the reveal of new album details from Leona Lewis, who's gearing up to unleash studio record 'I Am' upon the world this September through Island Records.

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

April this year saw Leona showcase some of her new material in London's West End, and the singer chatted between songs about the creation and inspiration behind the five tracks she sang.

With it not being a straight forward process, Leona at one point wasn't sure if she'd be able to make another LP again, writing songs without a specific aim other than the purpose of making music once more.

Luckily when she was invited to a small, intimate Fleetwood Mac gig, she was given the inspiration to go on. Never meeting them before, she went on to greet the band, and Stevie Nicks was quick to say hello.

Leona explains: "She grabbed hold of me, hugged me and started singing my song to me. She sang 'Bleeding Love' and then she was like, 'You have to keep going, we need you, we need your music.' She won't know what a huge impression she made on me and how much she inspired me and inspired this record but she did give me that spur of encouragement. She is awesome. Everyone needs a Stevie in their life."

With this new record comes a dedication to Leona's parents on the song 'Thank You'.

The singer says: "Your parents never stop being your parents and I've had many a sleepless night being like, 'I just need someone to talk to', and my parents have always been there. I remember one time I texted my dad saying, 'I don't want to be an adult anymore', and he was like, 'Sorry love! You are!'. They've supported me, especially over the last couple of years but also when I was growing up there was a lot of sacrifice, so that song is dedicated to them."

With her sights firmly set on the future, 'I Am' could be the record that gives Leona more relevance than ever before.

The tracklisting for 'I Am' is as follows.

  1. Thunder
  2. Fire Under My Feet
  3. You Knew Me When
  4. I Am
  5. Ladders
  6. The Essence Of Me
  7. I Got You
  8. Power
  9. Another Love Song
  10. Thank You

Deluxe edition adds:

  1. Thick Skin
  2. The Best And The Worst
  3. I Am - Acoustic
  4. Thunder - Acoustic
  5. Fire Under My Feet - United Studios Session

'I Am' can be pre-ordered now from the Universal Music store, Amazon and iTunes.

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