Though Ellie Goulding may not be a household name on this side of the Atlantic, this rising star certainly has made her impact on the other side of the world with her song writing skills and mix of indie and electropop sound. Join RK for our first installment of Discover and Download as we take a look at Ellie Goulding's budding career.
Born and raised in London, Ellie Goulding began playing the clarinet and guitar at the tender age of nine and started writing her own pop infused music not long after. Still, her direction in life led her to study Drama at the University of Kent, but after exposure to electronic music and experimentation with artists Frankmusik and Starsmith, Goulding decided to leave the university under a gap year engagement at the advisement of her tutors.
After moving to West London in 2009, the british songbird signed a deal with Polydor Records and began writing music withe helps of Starsmith. Her debut single, Under the sheets, was released independently to test the waters. The single premiered on BBC radio in September and peaked midway on the UK Singles Charts.
After Under the sheets, a second single featured on iTunes entitled Wish I'd Stayed, a supporting tour with Little Boots and work with Starsmith on other projects led to Goulding being featured on the top of the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, which showcases the critics, broadcasters and music industry insiders' top choices for rising stars and artists for the coming year.
This honor preceded Goulding being chosen for the Critics Choice Award at the 2010 Brit Awards and the success of her debut album, Lights, which had several hit singles, including Starry Eyed peaking at number four, Guns and horses peaking at twenty six and The Writer which made it into the top twenty.
Goulding has performed with numerous big name artists like John Mayer, and at huge music festivals such as the 40th Glastonbury Festival and is currently touring for her first UK Lights tour as well as preparing for the release of Bright Lights, a re-release of the album with six new tracks.
You can check out Ellie Goulding's audacious electro-pop hit Guns and horses, a song about a frustrating romance that veers from acoustic pickings to a trance sound in the Red Karaoke store. Discover and download this unique british hit as an mp3 instrumental backing tracks and see if you can match Goulding's commanding voice.