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Ellie Goulding

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  • Ellie Goulding

  • Ellie Goulding

  • Ellie Goulding

  • Ellie Goulding

  • Ellie Goulding

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Having caught the public's attention in 2010 with her singles "Starry Eyed" and "Guns and Horses," British vocalist Ellie Goulding quickly rose to the top of the charts with her infectious electronic pop sound. Although she started out writing songs in a folk-inflected style, she eventually grew into a more electronic-influenced artist, touching upon dance music and ambient synth pop. With her unique soprano warble and knack for writing catchy yet emotionally earnest songs, Goulding, much like her predecessors Kate Bush and Imogen Heap, stands at the forefront of contemporary mainstream music and arty, independent-minded pop.

Born in Hereford, England, she later moved to the country's east coast to study drama at the University of Kent. Goulding had developed a love for folk music as a teenager, and her time at university also exposed her to electronica. After two years, she took a break from her studies and moved to West London, where she pursued a career as an alternative singer/songwriter and befriended producers like Starsmith and Frankmusik, who gave her songs an electro-pop twist. In 2009, Goulding began building an audience via the Internet, where early tracks like "Starry Eyed" and a cover of Sam Sparro's "Black & Gold" were posted on tastemaking MP3 blogs such as Discodust. Goulding soon graduated from the blogosphere to print media, gaining praise from mainstream publications like The Guardian and fielding offers from record labels. She ultimately signed a major-label deal with Polydor Records and began making preparations to release her debut album. In the meantime, she penned songs for Diana Vickers, Gabriella Climi, and others.

During the final weeks of 2009, Goulding topped the BBC's Sound of 2010, a poll conducted by British music critics and industry insiders to identify new talent. Building on that momentum, she released Lights -- a sparkling debut album that splashed Goulding's vocal flutter across a landscape of acoustic and synthesized instruments -- in March 2010. Lights topped the U.K. charts during its first week and spun off "Starry Eyed" as a Top Five single (it also charted well in Ireland and New Zealand). Later that year, the album was re-released as Bright Lights, featuring seven new recordings (including a cover of Elton John's "Your Song," which peaked at number two). In 2012, Goulding returned with her sophomore album, Halcyon, which showcased an even more sonically adventurous, electro-pop-infused sound. In 2013, a deluxe reissue featuring ten extra songs was released; entitled Halcyon Days, it acted as a supplement to the original release.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
08.20.15 Green Park - St. Polten St. Polten, Austria
08.22.15 Weston Park Shifnal, Tfw UK
08.22.15 Hylands Park Chelmsford, London UK
08.29.15 Boucher Playing Fields Belfast, Ant Europe
08.30.15 Bellahouston Park Glasgow, Glg Europe
09.05.15 Seattle Center Seattle, WA US
09.05.15 Fort Calgary Calgary, AB Canada
09.05.15 Seattle Center Seattle, WA US
09.06.15 Fort Calgary Calgary, AB Canada
09.07.15 Seattle Center Seattle, WA US

Activity

  • 07.01.15 Such a beautiful room at St Pancras Hotel! (Minus a foot) https://t.co/pVKwdEn7gT
  • 07.01.15 RT @courtsmcburney2: @elliegoulding I've been a vegetarian for just over a year now, thankyou!! I feel so much healthier❤️
  • 07.01.15 "You fly a lot for shows, so your carbon footprint must be huge" Actually, it's not #vegetarian https://t.co/XmDS3UjGiW
  • 07.01.15 RT @officialcharts: .@elliegoulding has not one, but TWO entries in the Official Biggest Songs of 2015 Top 40: http://t.co/7OGhWCRtaK http:…
  • 07.01.15 Hey Heathrow airport, how about we don't have another runway. It's the VERY, VERY least we can do. How are people not understanding yet?
  • 06.30.15 🙏🏼 Chloé dreamz by Chris Jackson. https://t.co/I7fa5WRNrg
  • 06.30.15 RT @jamielillywhite: #creepin https://t.co/ApXf1CkSIT
  • 06.30.15 #WithTheBand pre show at St. Pancras London for @MarriottRewards members. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/HfCKGsY7U8
  • 06.30.15 👃🏻 ...
  • 06.30.15 RT @chloefashion: #chloeGIRLS rock – @EllieGoulding commanded the stage at @BSTHydePark in London wearing a flou Chloé #SS15 blouse http://…
  • 06.30.15 just wanted you all to know this was really bloody good. Banana, almond milk, spinach,spirulina, Maca… https://t.co/yNhYLEMizj
  • 06.30.15 RT @ELLEUK: Today is your last chance to buy our Body Issue with @elliegoulding - go, go, go! http://t.co/pm7ZnsRjoK http://t.co/oMdGSZx7Y8