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Leona Lewis

What a beautiful night Friday 12th July was for this concert at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre. Balmy weather and verdant gardens provided a picture perfect setting for a summer's evening of wonderful musical talent on 'The Stage on the Lake'.

Starting the show was Robyn Keech. Hailing from Scarborough this talented young artist with a great voice got things off to a wonderful start. Opening for Leona Lewis was a marvelous vehicle with which to showcase her talent. Along with covering songs by artists such as Florence Welch, The Lumineers (Ho Hey), Swedish House Mafia (Don't You Worry Child) and Jessie J (Price Tag), Robyn proved her worth by also singing some of her own material from upcoming E.P. 'Run Away' which is to be released soon. Her college tutor and local musician / composer John Pattison expertly accompanied her on keyboards.



Compere for the evening was Yorkshire Coast Radio's breakfast DJ Paddy, who reminded me a little bit of a younger Dermot O'Leary - which is not a bad thing in my book...! Next up was British songwriter-turned-singer Charlie Brown. He has worked with many artists including Jay Sean and Wiley and is now experiencing success in his own right with a top 10 solo single and supporting artists such as Craig David and Dappy on tour. His first offering, 'She Makes Me' was pure funky pop and his hit single 'On My Way' got the crowd waving along. A cover of the Miquel song 'Adorn' and an acoustic version of Wiley's hit 'The Rain' left me with the overall impression that he reminded me a little bit of a male Jessie J.





Finally, as the venue filled up, it was time for Leona Lewis herself. Having just flown in from LA, Scarborough was first on the bill prior to Kew Gardens. Leona seemed impressed with the setting and full of admiration for the Scarborough audience, so much so she took a picture. Quietly spoken and unassuming when not belting out her songs, Leona came across as genuinely warm. Taking songs from her album 'Glassheart' as well as earlier work, she was accompanied by a ten piece band including a string section. Their haunting accompaniment to 'Trouble' was amazing. Vocally, Leona was on perfect form.

Looking resplendent in a full length fuschia pink robe, Leona pleased the fans with her first release, 'A Moment Like This' (and I can hardly believe it's been seven years since it's release). She continued to entertain with 'Bleeding Love' which got the audience clapping and singing along, and a cover of Bruno Mars' 'Locked out of Heaven' among others. Finishing the show with 'Run' got most of the audience waving and swaying, and looking around the crowd it was clear she has some very adoring fans. A pair of guys in particular caught my eye, as they were singing back and reaching out to her - it made me smile.

All in all a good evening of entertainment for an audience made up of all ages and genders, who all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Leona Lewis