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Boy oh boy has Lewis Capaldi whipped up a whirlwind of success. The Scottish singer-songwriter broke into the pop music scene in 2019 with his wildly popular debut single “Someone You Loved” and it’s been a non-stop Lewis Capaldi party ever since. Literally everyone is invited.
But while Capaldi’s soulful music brought him to the center stage of pop music, it’s just about everything else about him that’s kept him there. Taking a no-holds-barred approach to life, he’s often on social media making fun of himself, and he’s honest, yet lighthearted, about the attention his diagnosis with Tourette syndrome has brought. His cheeky, even flirty, attitude continues to forge his image as an “everyman” type, even as he rubs elbows with some of the biggest names in pop music (he’s now kissed at least two members of One Direction).
One of the most intriguing things about Capaldi may be how he manages to write serious music yet offers it up to the masses in the least serious way possible. Amid mental health struggles and all the pressure that comes with writing a sophomore album, for example, Capaldi also took time to pose as a nearly naked Cupid. His newest album, Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent (out May 19), will come on the heels of his Netflix documentary Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now. It documents everything he’s dealt with in the last year and a half, teases the emotional release his concerts offer and still promises to keep viewers in stitches.
Lewis Capaldi plays the Andrew J Brady Music Center at 8 p.m. April 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Emi Beihold will open the show. Info: bradymusiccenter.com.
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