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If there was one constant in the New Music dispatches in 2009, it was A&R folks raving about Ellie Goulding’s voice and songs.
There’s plenty of magic in this lass’s crackling quiver, and her songs, such as her debut single In the Sheets (for the on-point Neon Gold label), are worth their weight in gold. Is she going to be “The One” topping those tips-for-2010 polls in a few weeks? Yep, it looks like it.
Born in Hereford, Goulding started singing and playing guitar when she was 15 years old. Her first tune was called Us Alone and “it was probably the worst song in the world but you’ve got to start somewhere”, she says, “it was proper cringe”.
By 2007 and Goulding was in the process of dropping out of a drama degree at the University of Kent. She was playing in a college talent show and was spotted by her future manager.
On the back of that interest, Goulding decided to get serious about writing songs and hunted down some collaborators. She worked with Frankmusik’s Vincent Frank and dubstep don Burial before hooking up, via MySpace naturally, with Starsmith. Together, Goulding and Starsmith have hit the jackpot, producing electronic pop tracks which possess a fantastic magnetic appeal.
When she’s not penning tracks of her own, Goulding is showing just how soulful Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead, Bon Iver’s Wolves and Midlake’s Roscoe can be.
With Under the Sheets causing a stir, Goulding is putting the finishing touches to her debut album in-between doing shows with Little Boots and Florence & The Machine. Expect her to be the one topping those bills in the coming year.