Every once in a while, an artist comes along whose talent is so undeniable that it inspires everyone who encounters it. British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis is such an artist. Her striking beauty, charmingly down-to-earth personality, and huge, soaring voice has taken over the UK, where her debut Spirit entered the album chart at Number One and became Britain s fastest-selling debut of all time. Spirit s lead-off single Bleeding Love co-written and produced by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Alias Tedder claimed the Number One spot for seven weeks, and the album sold over 1 million copies in the UK in just 5 weeks. Ushering in 2008, Leona received four prestigious Brit Award nominations, the UK equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Spirit was written and produced by an array of top-notch hit-makers, the album is a showcase for Lewis powerhouse voice which has evoked comparisons to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and C line Dion. (Warned Entertainment Weekly: Divas, watch out! ) Those women are the true divas, Lewis insists. They re amazing performers whom I ve listened to for years. These are the people who ve inspired me to sing, so it s flattering that I m being compared to them. But I have a lot of hard work to do first!