Leona Lewis previews new song online – watch

Singer previews fifth album following split from Simon Cowell's Syco label

Leona Lewis has taken to Instagram to share a clip of a new track.

The singer posted a snippet of her friends dancing about to a track from her fifth album with the caption: “These boys previewing the album and giving me the energy of life before rehearsals today”.

Leona Lewis won the third series of the X-Factor in 2006. In August 2014, she announced her split from Simon Cowell’s Syco label and a new deal with Universal’s Island Records.

Following the exit, Lewis penned an open letter to her fans detailing the creative differences that led to her decision. She wrote: “At some points I felt extremely depressed and other times experienced amazing highs, but it got to a place where the downs were outweighing the ups. So I’m writing this letter for anyone who has ever felt the same way.”

“After several years, I thought about leaving over and over again. I was terrified of walking away from a somewhat secure relationship, even though I knew that we were no longer right for each other and at times even bad for each other. However, I clung to the safety net I had grown so attached to,” she added.

“One day everything changed. For my fifth album, I was asked to make a record that would not have been true to myself. By all means as an artist in this climate, I was thankful to even get the chance to make another record. But I cannot make music that does not speak to my soul, and as scary as it seemed, I could no longer compromise myself, and so I decided to leave.”