Artist: Louisa Johnson

LOUISA JOHNSON

SUNDAY

It’s easy to think you know someone when they’ve been in your living room every weekend for three months. But there’s far more to Louisa Johnson than met the eye when, at 17, she became The X Factor’s youngest-ever winner — and she’s recorded an album to prove it.

Louisa spent 2016 working with a dream cast of writers and producers on songs that capture her infectious spontaneity (she’s still only 18) while also doing justice to a decade’s worth of work and determination. Coming along for the ride are artists like Clean Bandit and other special guests, as well as tunesmiths like Ali Tamposi (Justin Bieber, Beyoncé), Chelcee Grimes (Olly Murs), Burns (Britney, Calvin Harris), Ed Drewett (One Direction, Little Mix), J Kash (Maroon 5, Meghan Trainor) and Steve Mac (Jess Glynne, Charli XCX, Selena Gomez). The results are as varied as Louisa’s own musical tastes. “I don't just like one style of music,” she reasons, “so I didn't want an album where every song sounded the same. I wanted to mix it up.”

In 2017 Louisa only took steps in the right direction, with the hits ‘Tears’, ‘So Good’ and ‘Unpredicatable’ with Olly Murs laying solid foundations for a debut album set for release this year that fizzes with talent, ambition and massive tunes. And with that album pretty much finished, surely it’s time for Louisa to put her feet up for a bit? Don’t count on it. “I've got to where I wanted to be five years ago,” she grins, “but I'm nowhere near where I want to be five years from now. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m going to have the time of my life getting there.”