The Spotlight


By Alan Ho

Who: Ella Henderson
Where:  Tetney, England, UK
For fans of:  Adele, Jessie Ware, Kelly Clarkson

The British pop invasion continues and it gets a little smoky and soulful in the form of the very talented Ella Henderson!  Her journey to this point began just around 2 years ago as a contestant on the 2012 edition of The X-Factor (UK), where she emerged as a clear cut favorite but could not reach the finals as she got cut before doing so and wound up in a shocking sixth place, almost reminiscent of eight years ago when then clear-cut American Idol favorite Chris Daughtry ended up getting axed before the finals and wound up in fourth place…and well, the rest is history.

After getting the shocking ax, Simon Cowell immediately signed the-then 16 year old to his label Syco and beginning a somewhat long journey that now has her on several watch lists, including Billboard’s ‘21 Under 21 2015 Class.’  And she is also armed with a killer single, the Ryan Tedder-helmed ‘Ghost,’ which has recently introduced the soulful singer to the US market, where it has cracked the Top 20 in iTunes and its dynamic music video nearing 30 million views on music video streaming giant VEVO.  Add appearances on US television, beginning with an August appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, a couple of breakout appearances on Ellen AND The Seth Meyers Show, listeners and fans will see why Henderson is expected for really big things in 2015 as she goes from X-Factor 2012 contestant to international music superstar…all before the age of 21 and well worth the wait!

What is up next for Henderson?  She will be performing live on The Voice on NBC on Tuesday, September 18…so don’t miss it!

Music Video:  Ghost (VEVO)


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