Louisa (singer)

Louisa Johnson (born 11 January 1998), known mononymously as Louisa, is a British singer. In 2015, she won the twelfth series of The X Factor.[1] She subsequently released her winner's single "Forever Young", which peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart, and featured on Clean Bandit's UK top five single "Tears".

Louisa backstage at The O2 Arena before Capital's Jingle Bell Ball in December 2017
Louisa backstage at The O2 Arena before Capital's Jingle Bell Ball in December 2017
Background information
Birth nameLouisa Johnson
Born (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 23)
Thurrock, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Years active2015–present
  • Ministry of Sound
  • Funky Frog

Early lifeEdit

Louisa was born on 11 January 1998 in Essex[2] to David Johnson[3] and Lisa Hawkyard, and has one younger brother, Fynn Johnson.[4] Her father is a construction worker from Essex and her mother is a driving instructor from Chafford Hundred.[5] She was raised in Thurrock.[6]


2015: The X FactorEdit

In 2015, Johnson auditioned for the twelfth series of The X Factor, singing American pop music family group The Jackson 5's "Who's Lovin' You". She picked this record because "it is a really really hard song to sing, but I wanted to make a good impression".[7] She received a standing ovation from all four judges and the audience afterwards and progressed through to "bootcamp". At the first challenge at "bootcamp", she sang "Proud Mary" with 4th Impact (formerly known as 4th Power), Sherilyn Hamilton-Shaw, Neneth Lyons, Jasmine Leigh Morris and Andre Batchelor, and was sent through to the next challenge.[8] She sang "Lay Me Down" in the second challenge and made it through to the six-chair challenge.[9]

Johnson competed in the "girls" category at "bootcamp" and was mentored, at the decision of the public, by Rita Ora.[7] She successfully made it past the six-chair challenge to "judges' houses", singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Hudson; when Johnson arrived, all six chairs had been filled, and Ora described the atmosphere as "like a zoo".[7] At judges' houses, she sang "Respect" by Aretha Franklin in front of Ora and American musician Meghan Trainor in Los Angeles;[7] this performance gained media attention, as Johnson wore two separate pairs of shoes, with some viewers inferring some sort of faking.[10] Two weeks after that performance was recorded,[7] she was chosen by Ora for the live shows, along with Lauren Murray and Kiera Weathers; that category's Monica Michael later returned as a wildcard entry.[11]

Following the eliminations of Weathers in the second week, Michael in the third week and Murray in the semi-final, Johnson advanced to the final along with Reggie 'n' Bollie and Ché Chesterman singing a cover version of "I Believe I Can Fly" by Yolanda Adams; additionally becoming the final female in the competition. On 12 December, she duetted with her mentor, Ora. The following night, she sang her winner's single, a cover of "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan.[12] On 13 December 2015, she won The X Factor, becoming the first winner in the Girls category since Alexandra Burke in 2008, and also the youngest winner ever, overtaking Joe McElderry, who was 18 years old when he won in 2009.[13]

After winning The X Factor, Johnson released "Forever Young". The day after her victory, she plugged the single on The X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw's radio show, Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning, consecutively.[7] Her version of the song entered the UK Singles Chart on 18 December 2015 at number 9, and became the lowest ever position on entry for a debut single from an X Factor winner. This can be attributed, in part, to the movement of the chart day from Sunday, when she was announced as the winner, to Friday, resulting in her single only receiving four days' sales.[20] The single dropped to number twelve the following week becoming the lowest ranking X Factor winner's song ever on the Christmas Day chart.[21] Overall, the single is the lowest charting X Factor winner's single to date as all other winner's singles managed to top the chart or at least reach the top five. On 18 December 2015, Johnson performed "Forever Young" on the 2015 Text Santa broadcast.[22]

2016–present: Debut studio album and collaborationsEdit

There were indications that her debut studio album would be released as quickly as possible, maybe as early as February 2016,[23] and would include her debut single "Forever Young". However, the singer later declared: "If I don't like it, no way is it going out. People are going to know me through that album – so it needs to be perfect."[23]

In May 2016, Louisa released a single with British band Clean Bandit called "Tears". The song was a commercial success, reaching the top five in Scotland and the UK, and charting in many other European countries. It was also certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[24] In June, she performed "Tears" with Clean Bandit and a new version of the song "Over and Over Again" with Nathan Sykes at the Summertime Ball.[25][26] She co-headlined the concert the following year, and appeared as a guest performer in 2018.[27][28]

Louisa released her second solo single, "So Good", in November 2016.[29] The single peaked at number 13 in the UK, and received a gold certification from BPI.[30][24] The following month, Johnson co-headlined both nights of the annual Jingle Bell Ball at London's O2 Arena; she co-headlined the concert for second consecutive year in 2017.[31][32] Her third single, "Best Behaviour" was released in March 2017.[33] It charted at number 48 in the UK, and was certified silver by BPI.[30][24] In 2017, she also featured on Olly Murs' single "Unpredictable",[34] which reached number 32 on the official UK singles chart and received a silver certification from BPI.[30][24] In March 2018, Louisa released her fourth single, "Yes", a collaboration with the American rapper 2 Chainz, which peaked at number 65 in the UK.[35][30]

On 13 July 2018, Johnson announced via social media that she had left Syco.[36] She also announced the release of her new single for early August with Ministry of Sound.[36] The single "Between You & Me", recorded in collaboration with One Bit, was released on 10 August 2018.[37] Later that month, she was featured on Mars Moniz's single "999".[38] In 2019, she collaborated with Sigma on the single "Here We Go Again" which charted in the UK at number 98.[30] She also featured on Kream and Eden Prince's single "Ain't Thinkin Bout You", and released "Ain't Got You" with Steve Void in 2019.[39]

In January 2020, Johnson announced a collaboration with fitness clothing brand USA Pro.[40] Following the announcement, she released "Like I Love Me" to promote the collaboration.[41]



As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Credited as Louisa Johnson
"Forever Young" 2015 9 5 2 Non-album singles
"So Good" 2016 13 37 8
"Best Behaviour" 2017 48 71 22
(with Olly Murs)
32 65 20 24 Hrs
Credited as Louisa
(featuring 2 Chainz)
2018 65 72 27 Non-album singles
"Between You & Me"
(with One Bit)
"Ain't Got You"
(with Steve Void)
"Like I Love Me"[41] 2020
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album



(Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson)
2016 5 24 95 21 26 10 3 45 17 What Is Love?
"Weak (Stay Strong Mix)"
(AJR featuring Louisa Johnson)
2017 58 23 Non-album singles
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
(as part of Artists for Grenfell)
1 26 25 4 1
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
(as part of NHS Voices)
2018 89 26
(Mars Moniz featuring Wusu and Louisa)
"Here We Go Again"
(Sigma featuring Louisa)
2019 98
"Ain't Thinkin Bout You"
(Kream and Eden Prince featuring Louisa)
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Concert toursEdit


  • The X Factor Live Tour (2016)



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  4. ^ "Louisa Johnson News:@louisa with her beautiful mum @LisaHawkyard & brother @FynnJohnson!". Twitter. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
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  11. ^ "X Factor 2015: Monica Michael to return as wildcard". London Evening Standard. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
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  18. ^ "It's Jukebox & Judges' Choice week! See what our Final 5 will be singing here". The X Factor. itv.com. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Semi-final theme & songs revealed and we're TOO excited!". The X Factor. itv.com. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  20. ^ "X Factor: Louisa Johnson records lowest chart entry for winner". BBC News. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  21. ^ "NHS Choir defeat Justin Bieber to secure the UK's Official Christmas Number 1 2015". Official Chart Company. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
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  25. ^ "Just Faultless! Clean Bandit & Louisa Johnson Debuted 'Tears' At The #CapitalSTB". Capital. 11 June 2016. Archived from the original on 28 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  26. ^ "Nathan Sykes Gives The #CapitalSTB Crowd A Surprise Duet… With X Factor's Louisa Johnson!". Capital. 13 June 2016. Archived from the original on 28 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Louisa Johnson Wowed The #CapitalSTB Crowd With Her Infectious Brand Of Incredible Pop". Capital. 10 June 2017. Archived from the original on 7 July 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
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  30. ^ a b c d e f g Peak positions in the UK:
  31. ^ "Capital JBB 2016 – Check Out All The New Names On The Jingle Bell Ball Line-Up!". Capital. 29 November 2016. Archived from the original on 28 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  32. ^ "#CapitalJBB 2017 – Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, The Chainsmokers & More Confirmed For The Jingle Bell Ball Line Up!". Capital. 9 November 2017. Archived from the original on 28 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  33. ^ "X Factor winner Louisa Johnson announces new single Best Behaviour". Official Charts Company. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  34. ^ "Olly Murs to team with an X Factor winner for new single Unpredictable". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  35. ^ "Just say YES to Louisa Johnson's new single: First listen preview". Official Charts Company. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  36. ^ a b "X Factor winner Louisa Johnson splits from Simon Cowell's label". BBC News. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  37. ^ "Louisa Johnson is back and has teamed up with One Bit on single Between You & Me". Official Charts Company. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  38. ^ "999 (feat. Louisa & Wusu) – Single by Mars Moniz". Apple Inc. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  39. ^ "Steve Void Drops Massive Tropical Tune 'Ain't Got You' Featuring Louisa". EDM Sauce. 28 June 2019. Archived from the original on 3 July 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  40. ^ @Louisa (9 January 2020). "So much fun doing this w the people I love 🧡💙🧡 check out my collection" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  42. ^ a b Peak positions in Ireland:
  43. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
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    "Artists For Grenfell – Bridge Over Troubled Water". ultratop.be.
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  52. ^ "British certifications – Artists For Grenfell". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 24 November 2017. Type Artists For Grenfell in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  53. ^ "Louisa Johnson to support Olly Murs Summer Tour 2017!". Liz Hobbs Group. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ben Haenow
Winner of The X Factor
Succeeded by
Matt Terry
Preceded by
Something I Need
Winner's singles of The X Factor
Forever Young
Succeeded by
When Christmas Comes Around