Leona Lewis Parts Ways With Simon Cowell, Signs Island Records Deal
After being mentored by Simon since X Factor, Leona is no longer working with the music mogul…
Leona Lewis has parted ways with Sony and Simon Cowell, having signed a deal with Island Records.
The X Factor winner, who was mentored by Cowell, has released a statement on her decision.
“After seven incredible years at Sony I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to sign to perhaps the most iconic label of all, Island Records,” says Leona.
“To me Island has always been a label where artists can really flourish and are encouraged to express themselves.”
"Island stands for quality music and signing with such a legendary label is really like a dream come true for me. I can't wait to start making music with my new team."
Leona joins the likes of Drake, Jessie J and Florence And The Machine on the Island roster, with Island Records president Darcus Beese adding, "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Leona into the Island family.
"I've watched and admired Miss Lewis from afar, witnessed her grow into one of this country's most formidable female artists.”
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell tweeted his congratulations to the star, telling Leona she “put X Factor on the map.”
Congratulations Leona. We had 7 great years together and now wish you all the best for the future. You put X Factor on the map. X
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) June 3, 2014
Before she starts working on new music, Leona makes her big screen debut in musical Walking On Sunshine, which is released on June 27th.