Lewis Capaldi is a Scottish singer-songwriter. Capaldi achieved mainstream successes throughout 2018, and in 2019. He reached number one on the UK Singles Chart with his single "Someone You Loved".
Born on 7 October 1996, Capaldi is of Scottish and Italian ancestry, and is a distant relative of actor Peter Capaldi, who appeared in the music video for "Someone You Loved". Peter Capaldi portrayed the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who. Peter also acted as Malcolm Tucker the spin doctor in The Thick of It. Additionally, Lewis Capaldi is a distant relative of Barrhead born nuclear physicist Joseph Capaldi, praised for his work towards the Higgs Boson International Project.
At the age of nine, Lewis Capaldi learned to play the guitar and began his musical career singing in pubs at the age of 12. By the age of 21, he released his debut extended play recording Bloom EP on 20 October 2017. He worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Malay, a long-time collaborator of Frank Ocean, for the Bloom EP.
Capaldi rose to prominence through uploading recordings of himself in his bedroom. He was discovered by manager Ryan Walter. Under Walter’s management, he released his first track "Bruises" on 31 March 2017. The song quickly amassed close to 28 million plays on Spotify worldwide. He became the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on the platform. Thanks to the amazing results from Spotify, he was signed to Virgin Records and Capitol Records shortly after that.
He supported new blues and soul music singer-songwriter, Rag'n'Bone Man, on his European tour in November 2017. Capaldi also helped Milky Chance on their North American leg of the Blossom tour in January 2018. Through these acts, he attracted attention from celebrities including Chloë Grace Moretz, Kygo, James Bay, Ellie Goulding, and Niall Horan.
Thereafter, Horan invited Capaldi to support him on two dates on his Flicker World Tour in March 2018. Two months later, Capaldi joined Sam Smith on his Thrill of It All European tour, opening for Smith over 19 dates. What followed next was an announcement on a fourth headline for the UK and European tour. Capaldi mentioned that he would be playing in 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 honored as one of two acts in BBC Radio 1's 'Brit List'. This guaranteed him three successive incremental Radio 1 playlist places. In August 2018, Kodaline, an Irish Indie rock band, invited Capaldi to open for them at a concert in Belfast. In addition to this, Capaldi was included in the line-ups for many festivals during the summer of 2018. Some of these festivals include Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Osheaga, Reading & Leeds Festival, Rize, and TRNSMT.
Capaldi's second extended play “Breach” was released on 8 November 2018. The extended play included previously released singles "Tough" and "Grace", along with new songs "Someone You Loved" and a demo of "Something Borrowed". On the day of release, Zane Lowe premiered "Someone You Loved" on Apple's Beats 1 radio.
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. Up to date, Capaldi has played four sold-out back-to-back tours. Also, in his first 10 months of touring, his shows sold 60,000 headline tickets. He is currently supporting Bastille on their 2019 tour ‘Still Avoiding Tomorrow’.
In late 2017, Capaldi was named as one of Vevo dscvr 'Artists to Watch 2018'. Capaldi was also long-listed for BBC Music's Sound of 2018.
Capaldi was nominated for the Brit Critics' Choice Award for 2019, alongside Mahalia and winner Sam Fender.