Leon Jackson

Leon Jackson
When You Believe

When You Believe by Leon Jackson, Music Video, Lyrics and Review

The fourth series of The X Factor was broadcast on ITV in autumn 2007. The first show aired on 18 August 2007 and the series was won by Leon Jackson on 15 December 2007.

On 28 November 2007 it was announced that the winner's single would be "When You Believe", originally recorded by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. The song was re-worked for the finalists by composer Stephen Schwartz, and the version recorded by winner Leon Jackson was released on 16 December 2007 (physically on 19 December). The single will compete for the coveted Christmas number one spot in the UK Singles Chart.

Listen to 'When you believe' song here, this is the video from X Factor.

Leon Jackson - When You Believe Lyrics

Many nights we pray
With no proof anyone could hear
In our heart's a hopeful song
We barely understood
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there's much to fear
We were moving mountains long before we knew we could

There can be miracles, when you believe
Though hope frail, it's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will...
You will when you believe

Easy to despair,
When all you hear is fear and lies
Easy just to run and hide,
Too frightened to begin
But if we dare to dare
Don't wait for answers from the skies
Each of us can look inside
And hear this song within

There can be miracles, when you believe
Though hope frail, it's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will...
You will when you believe

They don't always happen when you ask
And it's easy to give in to your fear
But when you're blinded by your faith
Can't see your way clear through the rain
A small but still resilient voice,
Says hope is very near

(There can be miracles, when you believe)
Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will...
(Now you will)
And now you will
You will when you believe

You will when you believe.



Leon Jackson - When You Believe (X Factor Winner) Review

Has your jaw come up from the floor yet? Leon Jackson, the 18-year-old shop boy from West Lothian, Scotland, staged an almighty upset on Saturday's X Factor final, trumping 1/6 favourite Rhydian Roberts, the classically-trained Welsh warbler who recently nicked Brigitte Nielsen's haircut. His prize? To breathe new life into 'When You Believe', a gooey spoonful of musical treacle that Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston took into the top five back in 1998. It's a tough job, but, hey, the British public voted for him to do it.

Wisely, Jackson's warm, manly tones aren't caked in too much production gloop: the percussion's relatively subtle, the strings are as tasteful as the Nigella Express kitchen, and the obligatory gospel choir doesn't swoop in until after the three minute mark - pretty restrained by X Factor winner's single standards. Most impressively of all, Jackson brings some real dignity to the song's anodyne lyrics, repaying the faith that the British public has placed in him. The Scottish swingster has navigated this rite of passage with ease; what he comes up with next is almost as appetising as that Sharon vs. Dannii catfight we've all been promised.

source digitalspy.co.uk


The third UK series of The X Factor was broadcast on the ITV Network in the United Kingdom and TV3 in the Republic of Ireland. The first show aired on 19 August 2006 and the series was won by Leona Lewis on 16 December 2006.

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