As her debut album Lights made so thrillingly clear, Ellie Goulding uses her voice as a texture, much in the same way a skilled instrumentalist would. It is a sound – in Ellie’s case, an utterly distinctive and unforgettable one – that can play as important a role in her songs as any other musical detail.
Her debut studio album Lights, released in 2010 debuted at number one in the UK. The lead single “Lights” is certified triple platinum and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 after a staggering thirty-three week climb. In 2010 she because the second artist to ever top the BBC’s Sound of… poll and win the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year.
Ellie served as one of the performers at the Royal Wedding reception of Prince Wiliam and Kate Middleton in April 2011, supported Katy Perry on her US “California Dreams Tour”, appeared with Will.i.am at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Awards in Oslo 2011.
She has written songs on the debut album from Diana Vickers (RCA UK); and also has cuts on both multi-platinum albums from Lena (Universal Record Germany).
Goulding released her sophomore album, Halcyon, in October 2012 and it soon became her second #1 album in the UK. "Anything Could Happen" preceded the album as the lead single, reaching the top five in the UK as well as the top twenty in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. Halcyon Days, a repackaged edition of Halcyon, came out in 2013 and included the hit single "Burn", Ellie's first UK number-one single. At the 2014 BRIT Awards she received the award for Best British Female. She has sold more than 4 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.