Our Artists in Focus blog is back for another week, this time featuring a vocalist with a tone and timbre like no other – it’s Ellie Goulding!

Straight to the Top!

Ellie’s career kicked off when she met producers Starsmith and Frankmusik. It wasn't before long that she was signed to Polydor Records and began releasing her music into the world! She won the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2010 Brits, just before the release of her debut studio album, Lights. A huge success, this album went straight to the top spot of the UK Albums Chart!

One of her most popular tracks is one that most of us would be familiar with, especially if you happened to watch the John Lewis Christmas advert back in 2010… “Your Song”, Ellie’s Elton John cover, was chosen for the advert and it subsequently reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. What a year 2010 was for Ellie Goulding.

We’ve adored “Your Song” since day one. It feels like a really classic Ellie tune, so we’ve included it in the new Rockschool Vocals syllabus, Grade 2. We hope you’ll enjoy learning this one for your future exams!

Ellie set to work touring this album in as many ways as she could. She supported the likes of John Mayer and Katy Perry on their tours, and appeared at a whole host of festivals including T in the Park, Dot to Dot, iTunes festival, Coachella and Glastonbury of course! Ellie was also hitting up our TV screens on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Saturday Night Live.

Big Career Moments

A couple of years later and it was time to release album number two! In 2012, Halcyon was born. It went straight to number two in the Albums Chart, and after 65 weeks it managed to reach the top! A year later, the album we re-released, called Halcyon Days, and featured ten brand new tracks, one of which was “Burn”. It’s a tune we’ll all be familiar with because it became her first number one single in the UK! Ellie was actually on stage performing at the V Festival when the news broke, and Rita Ora surprised her with an award to celebrate. What a moment!

At the 2014 Brit Awards, Ellie Goulding received the award for British Female Solo Artist. She also picked up her first Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for hit single, “Love Me Like You Do”, a song which now has over 1 billion Spotify streams!

So, what’s the latest with Ellie Goulding? Well her newest album Brightest Blue was released in 2020, and a collaboration with Diplo and Mark Ronson’s Silk City which spawned party tune, “New Love”.

Ellie Goulding is truly blessed with a unique and original voice. Goulding herself said that it sounds almost “out of control” at times, and this is precisely what the world loves about her. We can’t wait to see how her career and musical style develops over the coming years!

If you’ve enjoyed learning more about this Rockschool Vocals artist, there’s plenty more to catch up on, including Childish Gambino, Harry Styles and Billie Eilish.