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Dean Lewis
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Background information
Birth name Dean Lewis Grant Loaney
Born October 21, 1987 (1987-10-21) (age 33)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Pop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2016–present

Dean Loaney (born 21 October 1987), known professionally as Dean Lewis, is an Australian singer-songwriter. Lewis is best known for his 2016 single "Waves", which was certified 7× Platinum in Australia in 2019, and his 2018 single "Be Alright", which reached number one in Australia and was certified platinum within four weeks of release, eventually reaching 11x Platinum in Australia and multi platinum world wide including double platinum in the USA where Dean was also named Billboard USA number one emerging artist.

Lewis released his debut studio album A Place We Knew on 22 March 2019.


2016–2017: Career beginnings and Same Kind of Different

Lewis was inspired to pursue music after watching a live Oasis DVD in 2005. Lewis says "I remember watching Liam Gallagher walk out with this hat and red jacket and watching him with Noel, they were just the coolest guys ever. I spent the next five years watching every Oasis video – Noel Gallagher basically taught me how to write songs."

Lewis signed his recording contract with Specific Music in 2014, and a major contract with Island Records and Universal Music Australia in March 2016. Lewis released his debut single "Waves" on 30 September 2016 which peaked at number 12 on the Australian ARIA Charts. The song was featured in a number of American television shows such as Suits, Greys Anatomy, Valor, Riverdale, All American, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments and Magnum P.I.. The song has since been certified 6× Platinum by ARIA.

Lewis released "Need You Now" in April 2017 and his debut extended play Same Kind of Different on 12 May 2017 which peaked at number 27 on the ARIA Album Charts. Lewis received five ARIA Award nominations at the ARIA Music Awards of 2017. "Lose My Mind" and "Chemicals" were also released as singles from the EP and have been certified Platinum and Gold respectively.

2018–2020: A Place We Knew and collaborations

In June 2018, Lewis released "Be Alright". The single reached number one in Australia for five consecutive weeks, becoming his first chart-topper in the country, and has been certified eight times platinum in Australia. It also reached number one in Belgium, top five in New Zealand, Sweden and Ireland, top 10 in the Netherlands and Switzerland, top 20 in the United Kingdom and Scotland, top 30 in the United States and number one in the Billboard Adult pop chart. In January 2019, Lewis released "7 Minutes". Lewis released his debut studio album A Place We Knew on 22 March 2019. Lewis performed "Be Alright" and "Waves" at the 2019 AFL Grand Final. In 2019, Lewis signed with WME for representation in all areas.

Lewis released a single in collaboration with Dutch DJ/producer Martin Garrix on 31 October 2019 called "Used to Love". Regarding the collaboration with Garrix, Lewis explains that "Since my career began, collaborations never felt like something I saw myself pursuing. As a song writer, who also sings, the entire concept just felt foreign. Until I met Martin. We spent about a week together locked behind closed doors in Amsterdam working on a song, which thought might end up be sung by someone else. But as the track progressed is started to sound a lot like me, but also very Martin. It's a real collaboration with a guy who's now become a great friend". An acoustic version of the song was released in 2020.

2021: Second studio album and "Falling Up"

On 5 March 2021, Lewis released the single "Falling Up". Lewis stated the song is about "being online and focusing on that one negative comment in a sea of good". Falling Up is the lead single for his highly anticipated second album.


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications shown
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

A Place We Knew 1 30 15 28 20 25 7 46 37 31
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum
  • IFPI NOR: 2× Platinum
  • MC: Gold
  • RIAA: Gold

Extended plays

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak chart positions
Same Kind of Different
  • Released: 28 April 2017
  • Label: Island, Universal Australia
  • Formats: CD, digital download


List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions, certifications, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Waves" 2016 12 52 97
  • ARIA: 8× Platinum
  • BEA: Gold
  • BPI: Gold
  • GLF: Gold
  • IFPI NOR: Platinum
  • MC: Platinum
  • RIAA: Gold
Same Kind of Different
"Need You Now" 2017 108
  • ARIA: Platinum
"Lose My Mind" 50
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum
"Chemicals" 2018
  • ARIA: Gold
  • GLF: Gold
"Be Alright" 1 1 27 5 4 2 3 2 11 23
  • ARIA: 11× Platinum
  • BEA: 2× Platinum
  • BPI: Platinum
  • GLF: 4× Platinum
  • IFPI DEN: 3× Platinum
  • IFPI NOR: 4× Platinum
  • MC: 3× Platinum
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
  • RMNZ: 2× Platinum
A Place We Knew
"7 Minutes" 2019 10 78 53 65
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum
  • MC: Gold
"Stay Awake" 26 82 91 100
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum
  • MC: Gold
"Straight Back Down"
"Used to Love"
(with Martin Garrix)
46 25 92 60
  • ARIA: Gold
Non-album single
"Falling Up" 2021 48
  • ARIA: Gold
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Other charted and certified songs

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Let Go" 2018
  • ARIA: Gold
Same Kind of Different
"Hold of Me" 2019 40 A Place We Knew
"A Place We Knew"
  • ARIA: Gold
"Half a Man"
  • ARIA: Gold

Music videos

Year Video Directed
2016 "Waves" Mick Jones
2017 "Need You Now" Mick Jones and Dean Lewis
"Lose My Mind" Josh Logue
2018 "Chemicals" Mick Jones
"Be Alright" Jessie Hill
2019 "7 Minutes" Stevie Russell
"Stay Awake"
"Used to Love"
2021 "Falling Up" Tim Mattia

Awards and nominations

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Lewis has won three awards from 14 nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2017 "Waves" Best Pop Release Nominated
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Michael Jones for Dean Lewis' "Waves" Best Video Nominated
John Castle for Dean Lewis' "Lose My Mind" Engineer of the Year Nominated
2018 "Be Alright" Best Male Artist Nominated
Best Pop Release Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Jessie Hill and Dean Lewis – "Be Alright" Best Video Won
2017 National Tour Best Australian Live Act Nominated
2019 A Place We Knew Album of the Year Won
Best Male Artist Won
Best Pop Release Nominated
"7 Minutes" Song of the Year Nominated

APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. Lewis has won three awards from seven nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2018 "Waves" Pop Work of the Year Nominated
Most Played Australian Work Nominated
2019 "Be Alright" Pop Work of the Year Nominated
Himself Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Won
Himself Outstanding International Achievement Award Won
2020 "7 Minutes" Most Performed Australian Work of the Year Nominated
Most Performed Pop Work of the Year Won
2021 "Used to Love" (with Martin Garrix) Most Performed Australian Work of the Year Nominated
Most Performed Dance Work of the Year Nominated
"Be Alright" Most Performed Australian Work Overseas Won

MTV Europe Music Awards

The MTV Europe Music Awards is an award presented by Viacom International Media Networks to honour artists and music in pop culture.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2018 Himself Best Australian Act Nominated
2019 Himself Nominated

National Live Music Awards

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2018 Himself Best Live Act of the Year – People's Choice Nominated
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