Baggy pants, skatepunk sneakers, and other youthful fashion touches made Kristian Leontiou (pronounced Lee-On-Tyoo) look like he was going to bust out an aggressive teen-angst anthem at any moment, but the poignant sounds of David Gray, Dido, and Damien Rice -- coupled with a blue-eyed soul swoon -- were what listeners got instead. The London native fell in love with music at a young age and was sure he wanted to sing professionally, so sure that he was out of the house, out of school, and funding his pursuit of fame with a variety of odd jobs at the age of 17. At first, labels wanted the young singer to join rap or teen pop acts due to his looks. Leontiou would have none of it, though, and kept shopping his singer/songwriter-styled demos to labels. Hitting pay dirt when he was 22, he signed with Polydor in the U.K. in 2004 and the hype machine started rolling.