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Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding was born on 30 December 1986 in born 30 December 1986. Ellie Goulding is a British singer and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Ellie Goulding Biography
Her career began when she met record producers Starsmith and Frankmusik, and she was later spotted by Jamie Lillywhite, who later became her manager and A&R. After signing to Polydor Records in July 2009, Goulding released her debut extended play, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, later that year.
She was initially introduced to the public when she was shortlisted for the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2010′ poll, and win the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year. She released her debut studio album, Lights, in 2010; it debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 850,000 copies in the UK.
Childhood: Ellie Goulding was born in Hereford, England, and went to school at the Lady Hawkins’ High School in Kington, Herefordshire. She then graduated to Hereford Sixth Form College, before studying drama at Kent University, though she was advised to take a year out from studying in order to pursue a music career.
As a teenager, Ellie Goulding learned to play the guitar and started to write her own songs, inspired by folk music. Whilst at university, she became interested in electronic music. Frankmusik helped her to create her sound on ‘Wish I Stayed’ and Goulding has become a frequent collaborator of Starsmith, who produced her debut album, Lights.
Music Career: In September 2009, Ellie Goulding signed to Polydor Records, though her debut single ‘Under the Sheets’ was released on the independent label Neon Gold Records, so as not to put too much pressure on Goulding to perform well in terms of sales.
‘Under the Sheets’ received its debut radio airplay on BBC Radio 1 at the end of September 2009 and went on to receive a heavy rotation of airplay. The following month, Ellie Goulding supported Little Boots (aka Victoria Hesketh, who had featured in the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2009’ shortlist). Goulding also appeared on Later. with Jools Holland performing ‘Under the Sheets’ and ‘Guns and Horses’.
Goulding’s collaboration with Frankmusik, ‘Wish I Stayed’, was Single of the Week on iTunes in December 2009. Ellie then went on to provide vocals for Starsmith’s remix of ‘Sleepyhead’ by Passion Pit.
After being announced as the winner of the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, Ellie Goulding also won the Critics’ Choice Award at the BRIT Awards. The last person to win both awards before Goulding was the singer Adele.
Lights were Ellie Goulding’s debut album and were released in March 2010. The second single to be released from the album was ‘Starry Eyed’, which received huge amounts of airplay and helped to propel the album to number one in the UK albums chart. The third single to be released from the album was ‘Guns and Horses’.
Ellie Goulding has also written a number of tracks for Diana Vickers, as well as co-writing a track with Gabriella Cilmi for her own album. It was announced that Ellie Goulding would be supporting John Mayer on his UK tour in 2010.
Goulding is a keen runner, aiming to run six miles every day and in 2010 announced plans to run a marathon. In support of her second EP,Run into the Light, she invited a small number of fans through her Facebook pages to run with her in seven different cities on her UK tour, and has announced that she will be doing the same across Europe and the US. Goulding ran the inaugural Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. on 28 April 2013, earning a time of 1:41:35. She also follows a vegan diet.
Goulding is close friends with American folk singer Lissie. The two toured the United Kingdom together in 2010. She is also good friends with New Zealand indie pop singer Lorde and American pop singers Katy Perry and Taylor Swift (she appears in the music video of Swift’s song “Bad Blood” released in May 2015).
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