The Rise Of Lewis Capaldi

Just 5 years ago, Lewis Capaldi was making iPhone recordings of his songs in his bedroom and dreaming of stardom. Now he’s a household name.

Join us as we track Lewis’s meteoric rise from SoundCloud hopeful to global superstar.

the beginning

Lewis grew up in Glasgow, known for its thriving music scene. In fact, he was always musical himself. He started playing drums and guitar when he was just 2 years old, and began singing in pubs aged just 9. He played a few shows around Scotland during his teenage years, whilst studying for a Music diploma at college.

Lewis began uploading tracks onto the popular music platform SoundCloud. They were very DIY: he recorded them on his iPhone in his bedroom! But it was through this platform that he was discovered by US music manager Ryan Walter. He was so impressed by Lewis that the day after he made contact with him, Ryan flew to the UK to see him play live. “I definitely had high ambitions from the start with Lewis. I spent six months on SoundCloud before I found him and I was looking for something that I thought had the potential to go all the way,” he told Music Week.

From there, Lewis began recording his debut ‘Bloom’ EP, released in late 2017. The lead single was ‘Bruises’. This song went on to be a huge hit – it amassed 28 million plays on Spotify, making Lewis the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach over 25 million streams on the platform – and would later feature on his debut album.

rising star

After the release of the ‘Bloom’ EP, Lewis really started to make waves in the industry. He was listed in BBC Music’s prestigious ‘Sound Of 2018’ poll, as well as Vevo’s ‘Artists To Watch 2018’.

Lewis began to tour with bigger and bigger artists. Opening for the likes of Kodaline, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sam Smith and Niall Horan helped to boost his profile as an impressive live act. His tracks gained airplay on Radio 1, and he embarked on a solo headline tour, including two completely sold out nights in Glasgow. The hype train was fully in motion.

Then, in November 2018, Lewis released his second EP ‘Breach’. This EP featured the song that would go on to be his biggest hit and catapult him to global stardom: ‘Someone You Loved’.

divinely uninspired

‘Someone You Loved’ became Lewis’s first UK number one. It also reached number one in other countries around the globe, including the US and Canada. The track went on to win Song of the Year at the 2020 Brit Awards as well as scoring a Grammy nomination.

Lewis continued to tour with big names like Ed Sheeran and fellow Latitude headliners Bastille in 2019. He also announced his biggest ever headline tour, and made history by becoming the first EVER artist to announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of a debut album!

The album was well on its way, though, and in May 2019, ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ was released. It spent five weeks at number one and was the biggest selling album of 2019. Not bad for a debut.

So what’s next for Lewis? Late last year, he released the extended edition of ‘Divinely Uninspired…’, which has spawned his latest hit ‘Before You Go’. Lewis also recently revealed he’s written 50 new songs, but that we won’t get to hear them until next year – sob. Fingers crossed that means we’ll be hearing new tunes at Latitude 2021! Until then, we’re sure he’ll continue to be hilarious on Twitter.

Lewis Capaldi will headline Latitude Festival 2021. It takes place on 22-25th July in Henham Park, Suffolk. Tickets are on sale now.