Lewis can’t wait to put her new songs alongside favourite tunes

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LEONA’S back in Sheffield. On her first UK tour for three years, Leona Lewis is back with a new show tomorrow night.

Since her a meteoric rise to global fame, Leona Lewis’s voice has captivated millions of people across the world. She’s broken countless sales records and smashed chart records universally.

Her 2010 Labyrinth Tour won her critical acclaim as well as reinforcing her position as one of the most successful British female artists to date. She followed her first two number one albums, Spirit and Echo, with her third studio album, Glassheart.

Preceded by the single, the gothic pop offering Trouble, Glassheart is an album by an artist really coming of age. This collection of songs simultaneously showcases the sheer power and intimacy of Leona Lewis’s voice.

For an artist that has enjoyed unparalleled success, broken records and sold over 20 million singles and albums, critics say Glassheart is Leona Lewis at her best.

Speaking about the tour, Leona said: “I can’t wait to get out there and play my new songs. I had fun on my last tour and I’m excited about doing it again next year”. After emerging the surest thing ever to win X Factor, then breaking America with one of the decade’s bestselling albums, 2007’s Spirit, Leona Lewis was proof at last that Simon Cowell could pluck a proper star from obscurity and make them look like they’d always belonged on the world stage.

After two under-performing follow-ups and growing public indifference to TV talent-show alumni, as Adele and Emeli Sandé dominate, the big-voiced Hackney bellower was at risk of becoming the diva British pop forgot.

But fans can prepare for elaborate layers of net curtains unfurling to reveal Leona poised on a podium, dressed in powerful shoulder pads and an ankle-length red dress slit to flash some thigh as the beat drops on Come Alive. The rest is pure Lewis.

Her latest album Glassheart shows signs of reinvention: with dubstep and house inflections counting as wild exuberance from the balladeer.

Tickets for Leona Lewis £55, £45 & £35 (subject to booking fees) at City Hall, Sheffield, are available online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk, over the phone on 0114 2789 789 and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office.