If you haven't heard Ellie Goulding's fun, indie synth-pop sound over the radio or on popular movie soundtracks (look for her single "Beating Heart" on the Divergent soundtrack out Spring 2014, or the single "Mirror" on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack out in Winter 2013), you may recognize her from news headlines and coverage of the Royal Wedding in England in 2011. One of Kate Middleton and Prince William's favorite vocal artists, she was honored with the gig of a lifetime - to sing for them and their family and friends at a party after the public wedding celebration had ended.
After signing with Polydor Records in 2009, Goulding soon released her first EP of her own music, entitled An Introduction to Ellie Goulding. She has two major studio albums released, full of catchy pop tunes she created herself. Lights, released in 2010, has sold nearly a million copies in her home country of the United Kingdom and also done very well here in America. Her second album, Halcyon, was released in fall 2012 and features the hit single "Anything Could Happen." The album was re-released under a modified title, Halcyon Days, in summer 2013 with additional tracks, including "Burn," her first single to top the UK charts and the second to top the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart in America.
Goulding's soprano voice and catchy indie dance sound has made her lots of fans across the globe. She has an international tour planned for summer 2014, with stops in America, Lebanon, China, Hong Kong, and the UK, just to name a few. She cites Beyonce, Imogen Heap, Bjork, and Joni Mitchell as some of her musical influences, and hints of these can be seen in her songs. If you like artists like Lorde, Lana del Rey, Florence and the Machine, or Kate Nash, you won't want to miss checking out Ellie Goulding.