Leona Lewis

Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, actress and activist. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington in London, where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Lewis achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor in 2006, winning a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco Music, her winner's single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This", peaked at number one for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart and broke a world record for reaching 50,000 digital downloads within 30 minutes. In February 2007, Lewis signed a five-album contract in the United States with Clive Davis's record label, J Records. Lewis's success continued with the release of her debut album, Spirit, in 2007, it is one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. In the US, Lewis became the first UK solo artist to debut at number one with a debut album, with Spirit; the lead single, "Bleeding Love", spent seven weeks at number one in the UK where it became the best-selling single of 2007.

She achieved international recognition with the album in 2008 when it topped charts around the world. Spirit has sold more than eight million copies worldwide, "Bleeding Love" peaked at number one in over 30 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the best-selling single of 2008; as a result, she was proclaimed Top New Artist by Billboard in 2008. Under the guidance of Cowell and Davis, Lewis released her second UK number-one album Echo and recorded the theme song for the film Avatar in 2009, she embarked on her first UK arena tour, The Labyrinth, in 2010. In 2011, Lewis released the non-album single "Collide", a collaboration with Swedish DJ Avicii, her first extended play, Hurt: The EP, her third album, was released in 2012. It marked a new creative direction for Lewis, drawing inspiration from electronic music. However, it failed to match the commercial performance of her two previous albums, peaking at number three in the UK and becoming her first to not be certified platinum.

Lewis began to record material for her first Christmas album during her Glassheart Tour, which took place in mid 2013. Christmas, with Love was released that year, its lead single, "One More Sleep", peaked at number three in the UK. With this chart entry, Lewis became the first British female solo artist to reach the top five with eight singles, surpassing Olivia Newton-John's record of seven. In 2014, Lewis made her film debut in the supporting role of Elena in the romantic comedy musical, Walking on Sunshine, her fourth studio album, I Am, was released the following year. In 2016, Lewis made her Broadway debut as Grizabella in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. A year she signed a modelling contract with Wilhelmina Models, she collaborated with Calum Scott on the single "You Are The Reason" which achieved worldwide chart success, had a recurring role in the American television series The Oath. As of 2015, Lewis is the second best-selling act from The X Factor franchise in the UK, behind One Direction, having sold over 30 million records worldwide.

The OCC recognises Lewis as the most successful winner from the UK's The X Factor. Lewis has won two MOBO Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, two World Music Awards, she is a six-time Brit Award and three-time Grammy Award nominee. Lewis is known for her expansive four-octave vocal range, technical control and, in particular, her frequent use of the falsetto register. Aside from her musical career, Lewis is a philanthropist and an animal welfare campaigner for World Animal Protection and is a supporter of other animal rights charities and organisations. Leona Louise Lewis was born on 3 April 1985, in Islington, England, to a Welsh mother and a father of Guyanese descent, she has an older half-brother, a younger brother, Kyle. Noticing Lewis's passion for singing, her parents enrolled her at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, the Ravenscourt Theatre School and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology until they could no longer afford to do so, making cutbacks when necessary to help their daughter achieve her aspiration of being a singer.

At the age of 17, Lewis decided to leave BRIT School to "get out there" and pursue a career in music. By she had begun to write and record her own material, she worked as a receptionist at a solicitor's office and as a Pizza Hut waitress in order to fund the studio sessions. At 18, Lewis secured a lead role in The Lion King theatre show in Paris. Lewis recorded a demo album, called Twilight, in collaboration with Spiral Music, a production company based in Fulham, but it failed to secure her an album deal with any record companies. Although the album was never released commercially, Lewis performed a couple of the tracks live on BBC Radio 1 music station in 2004. Another demo album was recorded under license from UEG Entertainment, Best Kept Secret, which have claimed to have spent £70,000 trying to launch Lewis's career with no success. A track from the album, "Private Party", became a hit on the underground urban music scene in London in 2005. Speaking about her struggle to secure a record contract, Lewis said, "I tried to secure a record deal by doing things my own way.

I worked hard but I never managed to land a contract. That's. It's programmes like these which provide the best place to showcase fresh new talent." Lewis auditioned for the third series of The X Factor i

Musical Chairs (Smash)

"Musical Chairs" is the twenty second episode of the American television series Smash. It was directed by Casey Nicholaw; the episode premiered on NBC on March 19, 2013, the seventh episode of Season 2. Karen, Tom and Derek adapt to a new environment. Pressure mounts at Liaisons. Katie's assistance leads Eileen to discover. Jimmy Collins, Kyle Bishop, Ana Vargas, Derek Wills present parts of Hit List to Scott Nichols, director of the Manhattan Theater Workshop, sponsoring the musical. Scott says. Scott suggests that they add a narrator to the show to help explain things since it's now sung-through and lacking dialogue. Scott feels that if their older audience doesn't understand it, it can't be presented on their bigger main stage and will have to be relegated to a tiny under 80 seat room for more experimental work. Jimmy is resistant to any changes, while Kyle and Derek think it's a good idea, Derek and Jimmy clash about it. Bombshell rehearsals aren't going so well, with Tom Levitt learning to direct, butting heads with Karen Cartwright, trying to avoid using Derek's choreography until he signs a release to allow them to use it in the show.

Producer Eileen Rand schemes to get control of Bombshell back from her ex-husband Jerry. Her daughter Katie has arrived to help her mother. Julia Houston is supportive of Tom's direction but she isn't happy that Tom has dropped the part of the storyline, about Marilyn's mother. At Liaisons, the show remains terrible and the cast is unhappy with how it has turned out when it starts doing shows in front of preview audiences. Both Ivy Lynn and Terry Falls lament how things are going and they fear the show will not make it to opening night. Ivy suggests; as a peace offering, Tom asks Karen to go see Liaisons on opening night with him. It turns out that Derek has invited Jimmy to go to the show with him, they all meet up before the show starts and Derek argues with Jerry and Tom about him leaving Bombshell, while Kyle and Jimmy assume Derek will go back to that show. During the show, the audience isn't responding well, but the "Ce N'Est Pas Ma Faute" number starts and instead of being a bore as done with preview audiences and the ensemble have turned it into a bawdy, outrageous number that has the audience laughing.

At the end though, Terry falls out onto the floor. Tom and Karen meet up with Ivy after the show and Karen sees the chemistry between them, she tells Tom that since the Liaisons show will close, Ivy will be free and that it's for the best that she leaves Bombshell. Tom sadly agrees that he will work out the contract issue with Eileen. Karen meets up with Derek and Jimmy and tells them she has left Bombshell and asks if they would let her back into Hit List, they agree. A chastened Terry tells the cast that he'll be ok, but confirms that his understudy will take over for the rest of the week and the show will close. Ivy leaves the theater with a big smile. After talking to Karen about the problems with Hit List, Jimmy gives in on making changes and he and Kyle have added a new opening number. Jimmy and Karen perform "Rewrite This Story" in front of Scott and his team, while Derek imagines video screens and massive lighting has been added to the stage. Scott offers the main stage to the show. Eileen, Katie and Julia confront Jerry about returning the show to Eileen, but he refuses to relinquish control.

Katie pulls out the "I'm disappointed in you Dad" card and Jerry gives in. Derek approaches Tom and Julia in their rehearsal hall and gives them the signed agreement to let them use his choreography. Eileen comes in and confirms to them that a bunch of lawyers and someone from the ADA's office have worked it out so that she has control of the show again, they toast to Bombshell going to Broadway. There were four songs featured in all originals; the show's in-house songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman wrote the reprised "The National Pastime" and "Ce N'Est Pas Ma Faute", while Julian Emery, Jon Green, James Lawrence Irvin and Lucie Silvas wrote the reprised "Heart Shaped Wreckage" and Pasek and Paul wrote "Rewrite This Story"."Ce N'Est Pas Ma Faute and "Rewrite This Story" were released as singles for sale from iTunes and's MP3 store. "Heart Shaped Wreckage" was released as a single and "The National Pastime" is available on the cast album Bombshell. Sara Brady from Television Without Pity gave the episode a B rating.

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Evening is the period of time from the end of the afternoon to the beginning of night. Exact time when evening begins and ends varies throughout the year, its earliest part of a short period is evening twilight. The word'evening' may be casually used to include the last waning afternoon shortly before sunset. There can be no precise definition in terms of clock time, but it is casually considered to start as early as 5 p.m. by some, or at 6 p.m. by the OED, to last until night or bedtime. The word is derived from the Old English ǣfnung, meaning'the coming of evening, time around sunset', which originated from'æfnian' meaning'become evening, grow toward evening'; the Old English,'æfnian' originated from'æfen', which meant'the time between sunset and darkness', was synonymous with which meant the end of the day. The use of evening dates from the mid 15th century; some languages that use the time of day in greeting have a special greeting for the evening, such as the English "good evening". People do not leave somebody and say "good evening".

If it isn't night yet when one greets someone, they can greet them with "good evening" and when they leave, they say "good night", rather than saying "good evening" as a farewell, despite that it may still be evening. Many people greet someone with the shortened "evening" rather than "good evening". Social and family activities are held during this time, such as supper or more formal social gatherings and entertainment, such as parties, in particular, dance parties. Quotations related to Evening at Wikiquote Media related to Evening at Wikimedia Commons Crepuscular – animals that are active in the early morning and the evening Dusk Evening dress Sunset Vespers