Footprints in the Sand Leona Lewis
Song Title: Footprints in the Sand
Artist: Leona Lewis
Date of release: 2007 / 2008
Description: ” Footprints in the Sand ” is by Leona Lewis ( Leona Louise Lewis ), the British singer-songwriter. Leona rose to prominence in her native United Kingdom after winning the third series of The X Factor in 2006.
Winning the talent show landed her a 1 Million pound recording contract with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Music. Leona won singing a cover of ” A Moment Like This “, a Kelly Clarkson song. The song reached Number One on the UK Singles Chart, staying at the top for a month. At the time the song broke a world record for having 50,000 digital downloads within 30 minutes.
Leona has said that her career has been influenced by singers Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. She has won two MOBO ( Music of Black Origin ) Awards an MTV Europe Music Award and two World Music Awards. Leona has also been nominated six times for the Brit Awards and three times for the Grammy Awards.
” Footprints in the Sand ” was written by Richard Page, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger and Simon Cowell.
Richard Page is an American musician, best known as being the lead singer and bassist of Mr. Mister. The 1980s band had two consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One’s with the singles ” Broken Wings ” and ” Kyrie “.
Per Magnusson and David Kreuger are Swedish music producers and songwriters. Together they formed A Side Productions, where they produced and wrote songs for artists like Il Divo, Céline Dion, Josh Groban, Shayne Ward and Paul Potts. To date they have produced and co-written six UK chart topping singles.
Simon Cowell is founder and chief executive of Syco, the British entertainment company. He is best known in the United Kingdom as a judge on the TV talent competitions Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. In the United States he is known for being a judge on American Idol, The X Factor, and America’s Got Talent.
The song was produced by Steve Mac ( Steve McCutcheon ), a successful producer, Steve has worked with a many artists like Demi Lovato, Shakira, One Direction, The Wanted, Westlife, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, JLS, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, The Saturdays and James Blunt.
” Footprints in the Sand ” was released on the 9th of March 2008 by record labels Sony BMG ( Sony Corporation of America and Bertelsmann AG ) and Syco. The song was released as the third single from Leona’s debut Album Spirit.
The Album, released in November 2007 in the United Kingdom and Ireland and worldwide early in 2008, debuted at Number One in nine countries and peaked in the top five in eight other countries. Worldwide it was the sixth biggest selling of 2008 according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry ( IFPI ).
” Footprints in the Sand ” is an R&B pop song based on the Christian poem Footprints, the actual authorship of the poem is disputed, so remains largely anonymous. The song was written in a day at Richard Page’s home in Malibu, California. Simon Cowell had the idea to base it on the poem.
The accompanying music video was filmed in Johannesburg, South Africa and was directed by Sophie Muller, the British director.
Sophie is best known for working with artists like Beyoncé, Coldplay, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Sade, Shakira, Sugababes, Shakespears Sister, Garbage, The Killers, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Eurythmics, Pink, Sarah McLachlan and Blur.
She won a Grammy for her work on the Diva video Album by Annie Lennox and a nomination for the Savage video Album by the Eurythmics. In 1992, Sophie picked up an MTV Video Music Award for her work on Annie Lennox’s 1992 hit ” Why “.
” Footprints in the Sand ” was a commercial success for Leona. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 24th of November 2007 for one week, re-entering the chart in 2008 where it reached a peak of number 25. It spent 2 weeks in the top forty and a total of 12 weeks on the UK chart. The song also charted in Ireland and Switzerland.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 25
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 50, Switzerland 35
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