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Lewis Capaldi
Capaldi performing in Los Angeles in 2018.
Capaldi performing in Los Angeles in 2018.
Background information
Birth nameLewis Marc Capaldi
Born (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 23)
Glasgow, Scotland
GenresBlue-eyed soul[1]
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2017–present
Labels
Websitelewiscapaldi.com

Lewis Marc Capaldi[2] (born 7 October 1996) is a Scottish singer-songwriter.[3] He was nominated for the Critics' Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards. In March 2019, his single "Someone You Loved" topped the UK Singles Chart where it remained for seven weeks, and in November 2019, reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, it was nominated at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and won the 2020 Brit Award for Song of the Year. Capaldi also won the 2020 Brit Award for Best New Artist.[4]

On 17 May 2019, he released his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, which remained at the top of the UK Albums Chart for six weeks. In May 2020, it was announced that Capaldi's song "Someone You Loved" had become the longest-running top 10 UK single of all time by a British artist.[5]

Early life

Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland,[2] and lived there until he was four years old.[6] He is the youngest of four children. His mother is a nurse and his father is a fishmonger.[7] Capaldi went to school at St. Kentigern's Academy, Blackburn in West Lothian.[8] In 2016, he graduated with a HND in Music from New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell.[9]

Career

Early childhood

Capaldi learned to play drums and guitar when he was two, and began his musical career singing in pubs aged 9.[10] By 17 he had committed to a career in music. [11]

In 2014 Capaldi took part in a three-date tour as part of the 'Hit the Road' project run by The Scottish Music Centre. He played in Dumfries, Edinburgh and Fort William alongside Jacob and Rory Green and Zoë Bestel.[12]

Aged 18, he was discovered by his manager Ryan Walter through an iPhone recording Capaldi recorded in his bedroom and had uploaded to his SoundCloud account. The day after first contacting Capaldi, Walter flew from America to Britain to hear Capaldi play live.[13] [14]

He released his debut extended play recording Bloom EP on 20 October 2017,[15] on which he worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Malay, a long-time collaborator of Frank Ocean.[16] 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.[17] Shortly afterwards, he was signed to the German branch of Universal Music Group, and was assigned to Vertigo Berlin division. His releases are distributed in UK by Virgin EMI Records and in North America by Capitol Records.[18]

Increased recognition and European tour (2017–2018)

Capaldi performing at the 2018 Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland
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'[19] and he won Best Acoustic at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.[20] Capaldi was also long-listed for BBC Music's Sound of 2018.[21]

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[22] and Niall Horan.[23] 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 their 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.[24] In addition to this, Capaldi was included in the line-ups for many festivals during the summer of 2018, including: Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Osheaga, Reading & Leeds Festival, Rize and TRNSMT.

Breach, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, and global breakthrough (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.[25] 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.[26]

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. The song spent seven weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart. 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 weeks after release.[27] At the 2019 Brit Awards, Capaldi was nominated for the Brit Critics' Choice Award, but lost to Sam Fender.

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.[28]

In August 2019, Capaldi supported Ed Sheeran at the end of his Divide world tour, playing five gigs with him in Ipswich and Leeds.[29]

At the end of October 2019, "Someone You Loved" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the first Scottish solo artist to top the US charts since Sheena Easton in 1981.[30] On 30 October, Capaldi was announced as an opening act for Niall Horan's Nice to Meet Ya Tour, set to begin in 2020.[31] "Someone You Loved" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2020 Grammys,[32] and Capaldi received three nominations at the 2020 Brit Awards, winning two awards.[4] His single "Before You Go" from the extended edition of Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent became his second UK singles chart topper on 31 January 2020.[32]

In September 2020 Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent passed one million UK chart sales.[33]

Personal life

Capaldi is of Scottish, Irish, and Italian ancestry.[34] Through his father's side, Capaldi's second cousin once removed is the 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.[35][36] He is also a distant relative of Barrhead-born nuclear physicist Joseph Capaldi.[37] Capaldi is known for his social media presence, particularly his humorous, foul-mouthed videos.[38]

As of February 2020, Capaldi is still living with his parents in Whitburn, West Lothian,[39] in the same bedroom he has had since he was 10 years old.[40] He is a football fan and supports his hometown club Celtic.[41]

In September 2020, Capaldi moved out of his parents' house in Bathgate, buying a five bedroom mansion nearer Glasgow in a lovely countryside in Eaglesham not to far from his parents home in Bathgate.[42]

Discography

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Category/Award Work Result Ref.
2017 Scottish Alternative Music Awards Best Acoustic Act Himself Won [43]
Scottish Music Awards Best Breakthrough Artist Award [44]
2018 BBC Sound of 2018 Included [45]
Great Scot Awards Breakthrough Won [46]
Forth Awards Rising Star Award [47]
2019 Brit Awards Critics' Choice Award Nominated [48]
MTV Brand New for 2019 Won [49]
Q Awards Best Track "Someone You Loved" Won [50]
BreakTudo Awards International New Artist Himself Nominated [51]
NRJ Music Awards International Song Of The Year "Someone You Loved" Nominated [52]
International Revelation Of The Year Himself Nominated [52]
BBC Teen Awards Best British Singer "Someone You Loved" Won [53]
Best Single Himself Won [53]
2020 Grammy Award Song of the Year "Someone You Loved" Nominated [54]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyrics Pending [55]
Best New Pop Artist Himself Pending
Brit Awards Male Solo Artist Nominated [56]
Best New Artist Won
Song of the Year "Someone You Loved" Won
Album of the Year Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent Nominated
Global Awards Best Male Himself Nominated [57]
Best British Act Nominated
Best Mass Appleal Artist Won
Most Played Song "Someone You Loved" Won
Best Song of 2019 Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Breakout New Artist Himself Nominated [58]
MTV Video Music Awards PUSH Best New Artist Nominated [59]
Ivor Novello Awards Most Performed Work "Hold Me While You Wait" Nominated [60]
"Someone You Loved" Nominated

Tours

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