At the age of 16, Ella Henderson made the judges of the “X Factor UK” cry tears of joy when she auditioned for the show. She was a fan favorite and Simon Cowell survivor, but waited nearly two years to drop her first album.
But it was worth the wait. With her debut single “Ghost,” the 18 year old U.K. breakout star showcases her powerful vocals and her songwriting abilities (she co-wrote the single with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder).
“Ghost” was on the official U.K. singles chart at #1 for two consecutive weeks, making it the fastest selling debut from a U.K. artist in 2014, surpassing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” The single soared to #1 on the U.K. Airplay Chart with the second-largest radio audience this year behind Pharrell’s “Happy.”
Ella just turned 19 years old, and for a birthday present to herself, she released her debut album “Chapter One” in the U.S.
We, across the pond, wanted to learn more about her music and her passion. We weren’t disappointed.