How To Sing Like Lewis Capaldi (5 Brilliant Tips)

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Lewis Marc Capaldi is a Scottish born singer, songwriter and musician, he was born on the 7th of October 1996.

Lewis Capaldi is the youngest of four children, he learned to play the guitar and drums when he was two and from the age of nine, he started his music singing in pubs and by age seventeen he committed fully to a career in music.

He went to St Kentigern’s Academy, Blackburn in West Lothians.

He attended New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell from where he graduated With HND in Music.

His single “Someone you loved” topped the UK single charts for over seven weeks and peaked as number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Lewis  Capaldi’s breakout hit “Someone You Loved” charted in over 29 countries to start the year. In May, he released his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent. The album was certified gold in the United Kingdom.

How Did Lewis Capaldi Start Singing?

How To Sing Like Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi started learning how to play the drums and the guitar when he was two years old.

From the age of nine, he has already started singing in pubs and when he was 17 years old, he committed fully to a career in music.

In 2014, The Scottish Music Center Project called “Hit the Road”  a three-date tour where Lewis Capaldi took part in. He has played in Edinburgh, Dumfries, Fort Williams alongside Jacob Rory Green and Zoe Beetle.

He was discovered by Ryan Walter through an iPhone recording done by Lewis Capaldi in his bedroom and uploaded to his SoundCloud account when he was 18 years old.

Ryan Walter flew in from America to Britain to watch Lewis Capaldi play live.

On the 20th of October 2017, he released his debut extended play recording Bloom EP.

His first track was released on the 31st of March 2017, and the song amassed about 25 million plays on Spotify worldwide, making him be the first-ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on the platform.

At the Scottish Alternative Awards, he won the Best Acoustic in 2018.

Capaldi was also the first-ever artist to have a whole arena sold out before the release of an Album.

Capaldi has been composing and recording for his upcoming second studio album since 2020, and it is slated to be released sometime in 2022.

He said that he would be taking a sabbatical from social media to focus on the album by the end of December 2020.

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Can Lewis Capaldi Sing?

Yes. Lewis Capaldi sings very well. He is an excellent singer, his voice is wonderful and he can portray emotions when he is singing.

His song “Someone you loved” spent 7 weeks at the top of the UK singles charts before he became famous internationally.

He can sing in a very low range, also belts high, his falsetto is amazing and he is also got a strong connection and capacity in the whistle range.

Lewis Capaldi has a raw and distinctive distortion in his voice.

What Is Lewis Capaldi Voice Type?

Lewis Capaldi voice type is Baritone, he sings up to a B flat 4., but you will notice him struggling to hold that tune, he is more comfortable in A4, and that also is a little bit higher than most other Baritones.

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What Is Lewis Capaldi Vocal Range?

Lewis Capaldi Vocal range is G2- F#5 with 2.9 octaves. His song with the lowest pitch is lost on you with a G2-D5 vocal range and his song with the highest pitch is leaving my love behind with the vocal range A2-F#5.

Based on his voice range, Lewis Capaldi can perform songs for Baritone with range A2- A4. And also Tenor with the range of C3- C5.

What Is The Highest Note Lewis Capaldi Can Sing?

The highest note Lewis Capaldi can sing is c#5 in The song Forever.

It goes a little above C5 and his highest notes are incredibly strained.

What Makes Lewis Capaldi Voice So Unique?

His voice has a raw raspy distorted quality to it that makes it stand out from other musicians.

He has a way of delivering what he is feeling in his voice and this also results in the audience feeling the exact emotions he is feeling.

His distorted voice is so primitive that the audience can’t be helped but connect strongly to both his voice and his music.

How to Sing Like Lewis Capaldi?

Lewis Capaldi is known to have a raw distorted voice that with the right practice, you too can develop without actually harming or hurting your vocal chord.

The raw and distorted sound that Lewis Capaldi is known for is achieved by the method of Constriction.

Many vocal coaches during singing lessons might have warned you the dangers of constricting, it can interfere with the tone of the music and if it is overused it can cause strain for your voice.

But if this constriction is done correctly, it can give you that gritty and raspy sound capable of evoking emotions from any member of your audience.

In the case of Lewis, he is known to constrict his aryepiglottic sphincters.

There are three main vocal tract sphincters and they are the false fold, the vocal fold and the aryepiglottic sphincters.

What lewis is doing is to sing as normally as possible while still constricting the aryepiglottic Sphincter causing the vibration of the cartilage around the area.

To be able to sing like him you need to learn how to constrict that aryepiglottic sphincter as well.

While the false fold and the vocal fold will produce vibration normally, the aryepiglottic sphincter when constricted will also provide secondary vibrations that will ultimately make the voice unique.

Some steps needed to sing like Lewis Capaldi include :

  1. Constricting your vocal cord to get that grit and raspy distortion tone that Lewis Capaldi is known for. If you feel any form of discomfort when practising, I will advise you to stop right away, give yourself some time, then start again. Since your vocal chord is not used to this, you can start by doing some voice warm-ups, then go for the Big Coughs that will give your vocal chord some vibrations, as you are starting newly, do not do it for more than 30 minutes and give your voice rest three times a week.
  2. Learn how to Flip your voice from a normal singing voice to a falsetto, learn how to emphasize emotions or subtlety. The falsetto is the register just above your voice and tends to be airier, this is used in covering the frugality of the moment.

What Are Some Classic Lewis Capaldi Songs To Practice?

Some classic Lewis Capaldi songs to practice with are:

  1. Someone You Loved:

Someone you loved was released on the 8th of November 2018 through Vertigo Records and Universal Music.

Someone you loved is the third single from his second debut extended play titled’ Breach’ in 2018. The song was later added to his debut album titled ” divinely uninspired to a hellish extent” released in 2019.

It was the first US single when serviced to the radio stations on the 16th of April 2019.

The song was a huge success as it peaked at number one on the UK singles chart where it spent 7weeks, it was also peaked at number one on the Irish Singles Chart in 2019.

The song was also nominated for the song of the year at the 62nd Grammys Award and also received the award for the song of the year 2020 Brit Award.

The YouTube link to the song “someone you loved” is below:

  1. Before You Go:

Before you go is a single from the extended edition of his debut album titled ” Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish extent” released on the 19th of November 2019.

On the 6th of January 2020, the song was sent to the US radio as his second US single.

In November 2019, the song was peaked at Number One on the Irish Singles chart, it became Capaldi Second US chatter topper in the UK and third in Ireland in January 2020.

Capaldi said the song was inspired by the suicide of his aunt while he was a child.

The link to the song before you go is below:

  1. Hold Me While You Wait:

hold me while you wait is a single from his debut studio album titled “divinely uninspired to a  hellish extent” on the 3rd of May 2019.

The song peaked at number one on Irish Singles Charts, Scottish Singles Charts, and Number Four on the UK single charts.

The song went on to spend 34 weeks on the UK single charts, Since Ed Sheeran, he is the second musician to have both his songs in the Top 5 of the UK singles chart.

The link to the song hold me while you wait is below:


In conclusion, Lewis Capaldi is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician.

He is got an amazing voice and he has a way of injecting personality into his music, making his audience relate well with the lyrics of his songs.

To sing like Capaldi, you will learn what it haves to have your voice distorted and while this practice might likely be harmful to your voice if done correctly you can achieve that raw distorted voice Lewis Capaldi is known for.

By Sophie Collins

Hi my name is Sophie, I am a Singer, Producer and Instrumentalist. I also love to bake and get creative with my hands. When I am not strumming my guitar, you can find me reading a good book with a glass of wine in my hands.

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