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Lewis Capaldi
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Capaldi performing in Los Angeles in 2018
Background information
Birth nameLewis Capaldi
Born (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 22)
Glasgow, Scotland
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, vocals
Years active2017–present

Lewis Capaldi (born 7 October 1996) is a Scottish singer-songwriter.[1] Capaldi achieved global mainstream success throughout 2019 with his international breakthrough single "Someone You Loved” which spent 7 weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart making it one of the longest No 1 singles in UK chart history.

On 17 May 2019 he released his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent,[2] which remained at the top of the UK album chart for 6 weeks.


Early beginnings

Lewis learned to play drums and guitar when he was two, and began his musical career singing in pubs aged 9.[3] By 17 he had committed to a career in music, he was discovered by his manager Ryan Walter through an iPhone recording Capaldi recorded in his bedroom and had uploaded to his SoundCloud account.[4]

He released his debut extended play recording Bloom EP on 20 October 2017[5] on which he worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Malay, a long-time collaborator of Frank Ocean,[6] he later released his first track "Bruises" on 31 March 2017. The song quickly amassed close to 28 million plays on Spotify worldwide, making him the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on the platform.[7] Shortly afterwards, he was signed to Virgin EMI Records and Capitol Records.[8]

Increased recognition and European tour (2017–2018)

Capaldi performing at the 2018 Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland.

In late 2017, Capaldi was named as one of Vevo dscvr 'Artists to Watch 2018'.[9] Capaldi was also long-listed for BBC Music's Sound of 2018.[10]

He supported Rag'n'Bone Man on his European tour in November 2017, and Milky Chance on their North American leg of the Blossom tour in January 2018, he attracted attention from celebrities including Chloë Grace Moretz, Kygo, James Bay, Ellie Goulding[11] and Niall Horan.[12] Subsequently, Horan invited Capaldi to support him on two dates on his Flicker World Tour at the Glasgow SEC Armadillo in March 2018. In May 2018 Capaldi joined Sam Smith on his The Thrill of It All European Tour, opening for Smith over 19 dates, he followed this by announcing a fourth headline UK and European tour, this time playing 2000 capacity venues across the UK and Europe, including two nights at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom, with both shows selling out.

On 13 July 2018 Capaldi was named as one of two acts in BBC Radio 1's 'Brit List', guaranteeing him three successive incremental Radio 1 playlist places. In August 2018, Irish Indie rock band Kodaline invited Capaldi to open for them at a concert in Belfast.[13] In addition to this, Capaldi was included in the line-ups for many festivals during the summer of 2018, including: Lollapolooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Osheaga, Reading & Leeds Festival, Rize and TRNSMT.

Breach and BRIT Award nomination (2018)

Capaldi's second extended play Breach was released on 8 November 2018, which included previously released singles "Tough" and "Grace", along with new songs "Someone You Loved" and a demo of "Something Borrowed". Zane Lowe premiered "Someone You Loved" on Apple's Beats 1 radio on the day of release.[14]

On 14 November 2018 Capaldi performed a cover of Lady Gaga's "Shallow" from A Star Is Born live on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[15] To date, Capaldi has played four sold-out back-to-back tours, and in his first 15 months of touring sold 300,000 headline tickets, he is currently supporting Bastille on their 2019 tour ‘Still Avoiding Tomorrow’.

Capaldi was nominated for the Brit Critics' Choice Award for 2019, alongside Mahalia and winner Sam Fender.

Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent and global breakthrough (2019)

Capaldi opened 2019 with his breakthrough single "Someone You Loved" charting in over 29 countries around the world becoming a hit all over Europe, Asia and Australia, his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent followed in May which became the best selling album in the UK in five years, spending five weeks at number one in its first six weeks of release. The album also achieved gold status in the UK only two days after release.

Capaldi also made history by becoming the first ever artist in global history to both announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of a debut album; the shows sold out in one second upon tickets becoming available and will see Capaldi play to over a quarter of a million people at his headline shows in March 2020.

Personal life

Capaldi is of Scottish and Italian ancestry. Through his father's side of the family, Capaldi's second cousin once removed is the Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi, who appeared in his music video for "Someone You Loved" and was the lead singer and guitarist in a punk rock band called the Dreamboys,[16][1][17] he is also a distant relative of Barrhead-born nuclear physicist Joseph Capaldi.[18] He is a supporter of Celtic FC.[19]

Capaldi is known for his social media presence, particularly humorous videos.[20]


Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Category/Award Work Result Ref.
2017 Scottish Alternative Music Awards Best Acoustic Act Himself Won [21]
Scottish Music Awards Best Breakthrough Artist Award [22]
2018 BBC Sound of 2018 Included [23]
Great Scot Awards Breakthrough Won [24]
Forth Awards Rising Star Award [25]
2019 Brit Awards Critics' Choice Award Nominated [26]
MTV Brand New for 2019 Won [27]



  1. ^ a b Zycinski, Alan (22 February 2018). "Who is Chewis Capaldi? The Bruises singer dubbed Scotland's Ed Sheeran supporting Sam Smith and Kodaline on his European Tour". The Scottish Sun.
  2. ^ "DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT". Facebook Watch. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  3. ^ "5 Songs You Need To Listen To This Week". Time. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ "6 'This is already wildest dream territory': Q&A with Lewis Capaldi's manager Ryan Walter". Time. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ Murray, Robin (12 September 2017). "Lewis Capaldi Announces 'Bloom' EP". Clash Music.
  6. ^ "ICYMI: Lewis Capaldi Emanates Genuine Longing and Heartbreak In "Fade"". Ones To Watch.
  7. ^ "Lewis Capaldi – Fade (Listen) – Mahogany". 6 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Excited to welcome @LewisCapaldi to the #CapitolFamily! Stay tuned for new music dropping tonight". Capitol Records.[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ "vevo dscvr – Lewis Capaldi". Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  10. ^ "BBC Music - BBC Music Sound Of, 2018 - Lewis Capaldi". BBC.
  11. ^ Capaldi, Lewis. "Haha class! Cheers for sharing the tune @elliegoulding x".[non-primary source needed]
  12. ^ Horan, Niall. "Lewis Capaldi – Lost On You (Live) huge fan of this man".[non-primary source needed]
  13. ^ Capaldi, Lewis [@lewiscapaldi] (26 February 2018). "so buzzing to be asked by @Kodaline to open for them! Will be my first ever time in Belfast! X" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Lewis Capaldi on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Lewis Capaldi". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  16. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (31 August 2006). "No more Mr Nice Guy". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  17. ^ Rising Scottish star Lewis Capaldi meets long-lost relative at London gig as Doctor Who appears. Daily Record (23 February 2018). Retrieved on 2019-02-11.
  18. ^ "30 Things You Didn't Know About Lewis Capaldi". Daily Feed. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Lewis Capaldi says he'll take fan on date to Celtic Park after dinner at Nando's". The Scottish Sun. 26 April 2019.
  20. ^ Glynn, Paul (6 May 2019). "Why Lewis Capaldi doesn't feel like a pop star" – via
  21. ^ "SAMAs: 2017 winners announced". 13 October 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Emeli Sande and Lewis Capaldi big winners at SSE Scottish Music Awards". 3 December 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  23. ^ "BBC reveals its Sound of 2018 longlist". The Guardian. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  24. ^ "2018 Winners - Great Scot Awards". Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Star Studded Forth Awards Ceremony celebrates Local Heroes, Sports plus Music Stars". 17 November 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  26. ^ "Brits critics' choice award won by Sam Fender". The Guardian. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Lewis Capaldi wins MTV PUSH: Ones to Watch 2019 artist vote". 30 January 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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