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How Did Lewis Capaldi Get Signed? | How was Lewis Capaldi Discovered?

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This young Scot is one of the most popular singers in the world right now. But how did Lewis Capaldi make the journey from obscurity to mega-stardom?   

Soon after Lewis Capaldi was discovered and signed to a top label, he rose to success with massive hits such as Someone You Loved and Before You Go. He quickly became famous with his heartfelt tracks and unique vocals.  

In this article, we’ll reveal everything about Lewis Capaldi’s life, career, family – and how he became such a huge star.   

How was Lewis Capaldi discovered? 

How was Lewis Capaldi discovered
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It’s hard to miss Lewis Capaldi – if not only for his music, for his brilliant banter too. He’s gained popularity as a likeable and genuine character with emotive, heartfelt tunes. Like many up and coming artists, this singer-songwriter was originally discovered by self-releasing a track on SoundCloud. It was this that caught the attention of his now manager.   

In 2017 there was a real buzz happening around him and by 2018 he was touring in the USA and Europe, as an exciting new talent. This enabled him to collaborate with big names like Jessie Reyez, James Bay, Grammy-winning producer Malay and One Direction star Niall Horan and attracted the attention of big hitters including Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran 

Who is Lewis Capaldi?  

Born on 7th October 1996, Capaldi has gone from writing in a back room in West Lothian, to playing internationally renowned gigs and venues. He was nominated for the Critics’ Choice at the 2019 Brit Awards (alongside two other nominations) and for Song of the Year at the Grammys in 2020.

He’s especially well-known for his cheeky-chappie and down to earth persona. He regularly posts refreshingly funny content and clips on social media and always lights up an interview with his amusing and appealing charisma.  


Lewi’s Capaldi’s songs 

Capaldi’s first EP, Bloom, landed on 20 October 2017. In March 2019, his single Someone You Loved made it to number one on the UK Singles Chart where it stayed for seven weeks and later reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. On 17 May 2019, he released his first full album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, bagging the number one place on the UK Albums Chart for six weeks.

The single Before You Go from the same album, became his second UK singles chart-topper on 31 January 2020. Capaldi joked that this coincided with Britain leaving the European Union, saying on social media:   

”Just realised my song is number one on the day Brexit happens and it’s called ‘Before You Go.” 

How did Lewis Capaldi get famous? 

Capaldi’s song Bruises quickly gained over 228 million plays on Spotify from across the globe, making him the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on the platform. Uploading this track got him noticed and resulted in a lot of influential people and stations promoting his work.

Shortly after, he sold-out legendary Glasgow venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on the strength of his Spotify hit. He also made sure he was uploading all his tracks to YouTube, as well as Spotify, gaining lots of fans there too. As he writes his own music, he caught the attention of A&R (the talent scouting division of record labels). 


When did Lewis Capaldi get famous? 

It was from 2017 onwards that Capaldi hit the spotlight, and by 2019 he was huge. Zane Lowe premiered Someone You Loved on Apple’s Beats 1 radio on the day of release and he had the chance to perform on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, choosing a cover of Lady Gaga’s Shallow from A Star Is Born.  

Working with established big stars can be a fast track to fame, something that has certainly given Capaldi a great platform to showcase what he can do. As the support act to Rag N Bone Man, Sam Smith and Kodaline, his fan base increased massively.

Lewis Capaldi’s net worth 

There’s been some controversy around this. His net worth was reported to be 10 million, something Capaldi took to Instagram to query, claiming he had just £200 in the bank. In reality, it’s probably nearer the £7.8 million mark – but likely to grow considerably.  

Who is Lewis Capaldi signed to? 

He was initially signed to the German branch of Universal Music Group – specifically the Vertigo Berlin division. His releases are distributed in the UK by Virgin EMI Records and in North America by Capitol Records. He is managed by Ryan Walter – who scouted him after hearing Bruises on SoundCloud. 

When did Lewis Capaldi release his first song? 

He later released his first track “Bruises” on 31 March 2017. But this was by no means his first-ever song. He began writing as a child, the first being a number called The Show Must Go On about the credit crunch. This was penned at the tender age of 11 and while Capaldi says it wasn’t up to much, it shows an early commitment to making music. His songs are melodious and often great as audition numbers, especially if you need an a cappella number. 


Where does Lewis Capaldi come from? 

He comes from a town called Bathgate, in West Lothian, Scotland – not far from the home of Britain’s Got Talent legend and fellow singer, Susan Boyle.  This is around halfway between the big cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. He may live between the two but has often said he has a much stronger loyalty toward the west coast. He was born in Glasgow and lived there until he was four – so he often says he comes from Glasgow, as opposed to Bathgate. 

Where does Lewis Capaldi live now?  

Lewis says he still lives at home with his mum and dad, in his bedroom featuring New York themed wallpaper. While there was speculation he might move to the music industry powerhouse Los Angeles, he has told fans that he’ll head to Deniston in Glasgow, if and when he does leave his parent’s place.  

When did Lewis Capaldi start singing?  

Like many successful artists, the Scottish star began at a young age. He also learned to play the drums and is an accomplished guitarist. In an interview with GC Magazine, he talked about the first time he discovered this passion.  

“The first time I played in front of a live audience, I realised I wanted to be a musician. I was about four years old and had always liked music […] I was on holiday at some caravan place in France. There was a band playing, but people could come up and ask if they could sing a tune.

“At the time I was obsessed with this wee Queen CD I got out of a newspaper that had “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” on it, so I just went up and asked if I could sing “We Will Rock You”. Twenty minutes after, I went up and asked to do the second tune. That was the first time I figured out that I liked being in front of people singing. It was basically when I thought that I’d like to show off professionally.”  

Lewis states his most influential albums as being: 

  • The Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’ 
  • Bob Dylan – ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ 
  • Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours 
  • Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ 
  • Bill Withers – ‘As I Am’ 
  • Kings of Leon – ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ 
  • Paolo Nutini – ‘Caustic Love’ 
  • Oasis – ‘(What’s The Story, Morning Glory)’ 
  • Arctic Monkeys – ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ 
  • The Beatles – Abbey Road

Lewis Capaldi’s family 

Although hailing from Scotland, his family have Italian ancestry too – as his exotic surname would suggest.  He is distantly related to nuclear physicist Joseph Capaldi, who worked on the Higgs Boson International Project.  

Lewis Capaldi’s parents 

Lewis and Joseph aren’t the only famous Capaldis. His dad’s second cousin is the Doctor Who and Thick of It star Peter Capaldi (the connection leads to Paul often being mistaken as Lewis’s father), but until recently they’d never crossed paths. Lewis told the Daily Record:  

“My dad and my aunties told me we were related to Peter a while ago, I think he’s my dad’s second cousin. Whenever he came on the TV they’d always say ‘You’re related to Malcolm Tucker’ or ‘you’re related to Doctor Who.” 

Peter and Lewis did finally meet at one of his gigs in 2018.   

Lewis’ dad is a fishmonger and his mum is a nurse, both of whom have always been super supportive of his career.  


Lewis Capaldi’s siblings 

He has three older siblings. His brother Warren, is also a musician, although on a part-time basis, having trained as an electrical design engineer. Lewis began playing the guitar aged nine because Warren (six years his senior) was learning. He told The Sun newspaper:  

“Me and Lewis used to go to lessons together, we went through two guitar teachers. Lewis was a lot better with self-teaching. From the age of 12, he always wanted to be a musician. The actual odds of anyone ever making it is really slim, so I was quite happy having it as a wee pass time.” 

Is Lewis Capaldi touring in 2020?  

He sure is. Capaldi has made history by becoming the first-ever artist to announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of a debut album. Tickets to his shows sold out in one second, as soon as they were made available.

Capaldi will play for over a quarter of a million people at his headline shows in March 2020, with arena dates in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Manchester, Cardiff and Dublin, finishing with a huge show at London’s SSE Arena in Wembley.

He’ll follow that up with a stint at Coachella and a tour of the USA, Canada and back to the UK for a second-round of dates here. There are still tickets available for the second tour.  You can also catch him at several festivals including The Great Escape and Edinburgh Summer Sessions and at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, the UK’s largest open-air arena. 

Lewis Capaldi’s social media  

If you want to keep up with his every move, follow him on one of his entertaining accounts. Even if you’re not big into his sound and style, it’s worth following him on social, for the funnies. His videos and chat are often hilarious and sure to put a smile on any face.

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If you enjoyed this article, you can read more about how the big stars got famous, along with some great advice and information for aspiring artists. Making it big in the music industry like Lewis isn’t easy. Being able to write, play and produce your own songs is a bonus and will often put you ahead of the crowd.

Related Questions 

  • Who is supporting Lewis Capaldi on tour? 

Acts including Ward Thomas, Saint Raymond, Seafret, Lewis Watson and Charlotte are due to join him as he heads out on tour – and he’ll be doing the same for Ed Sheeran on his UK dates.  

  • Is Peter Capaldi in Lewis Capaldi’s video? 

His second cousin once removed on his dad’s side is the Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi. He made an appearance in his music video for Someone You Loved and was the lead singer and guitarist in a punk rock band called the Dreamboys. 

  • Who is Lewis Capaldi’s ex-girlfriend? 

Lewis has a famous ex – Paige Hurley. She has appeared on Britain’s Got Talent as a child and as a contestant on Love Island. Paige also comes from West Lothian and was said to be the muse for Someone You loved. They dated in their late teens for around a year.  

Has Lewis Capaldi influenced your musical or singing style? Have you covered his hits? We’d love to see links to your Capaldi-inspired songs in the comments below.