Donna Lewis was born in Cardiff, Wales, and at the age of six began playing the piano. Her father, a jazz pianist lent much encouragement, and whilst still a teenager, Donna began writing songs. Her formal training was at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, majoring in classical composition for piano and flute. Donna then went on to teach music for a year in Sussex before moving to Birmingham to sing in a bar band. She began to record original compositions in a studio she set up herself. Before long she became a popular live attraction and circa 1993 began issuing her demo tape to record companies.
U.S.-based Atlantic Records took an interest in Lewis and subsequently produced her first single, "I Love You Always Forever", a catchy, pop-driven love song which went on to became a major hit on VH1. It was also hugely successful on U.S. radio, staying at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks and spending 13 consecutive weeks at number one on the airplay chart. It exceeded one million "spins" on radio to claim its place in music industry history as the most-played single up to that point until Natalie Imbruglia's Torn broke the record two years later, staying at No. 1 for 14 weeks. The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart in 1996 and was single-handedly responsible for pushing her debut album, Now in a Minute, to #31 on the charts and was certified platinum in America.
Lewis recorded "At the Beginning" with Richard Marx for the 1997 film Anastasia. Her second LP, Blue Planet (1998), won critical acclaim, but it was largely overlooked by the public. Although it produced a minor hit in continental Europe and Asia, "I Could Be the One", and a U.S. number-one dance single, "Love Him", Lewis parted ways with Atlantic Records and independently produced her third LP, Be Still (2002), which featured her on an almost entirely acoustic set. During the early 2000s Lewis was featured as a guest vocalist on several trance music/house music recordings. Her fourth LP, In the Pink, was released in 2008; its first single was "Shout".
|UK||U.S.||U.S. AC||U.S. Dance||Australia|
|1996||"I Love You Always Forever"||5||2||2||—||2||Now in a Minute|
| "At the Beginning"|
(with Richard Marx)
|45||2||Anastasia: Music from the Motion Picture|
|1998||"I Could Be the One"||123||—||—||—||—||Blue Planet|
|Simply Irresistible: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|2007||"Shout"||In the Pink|