IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Spotlight: Singer-Song Writer Ella Henderson

a fun plus 101Happy Music Monday! Guys I am throwing a spotlight on a performer who is incredibly talented. Ella Henderson who was a Finalist on the ninth season of the X-Factor has a voice in my opinion akin to the sultry tones of Adele! I am now a huge fan! Check out the deets below and the sounds of Ella Henderson!



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Taken from Wikipedia

(born 12 January 1996) is a British singer-songwriter. She was a finalist on the ninth seriesof The X Factor in 2012 and finished in sixth place,despite being a strong favorite to win. She was subsequently signed to Syco Music.

Henderson’s debut album Chapter One was released on 13 October 2014 and peaked at number  Her first single, “Ghost“, co-written with Ryan Tedder was released on 8 June 2014 and went straight to number one in the UK, remaining in the Top 5 for eight consecutive weeks. Her second UK single, “Glow“, was released on 5 October 2014 and debuted at number 7.


Henderson was born and raised in Tetney, near Grimsby, to parents Sean and Michelle. She has two brothers, Patrick and Fraser and a sister Holly. Henderson developed a keen interest in fashion in her youth, notably vintage fashion, which she retains.

Henderson began singing at the age of three and taught herself to play the piano a few years later. She began to put on shows for her family at Christmas and developed a special bond with her grandfather Bill, who encouraged her to pursue her love of music and songwriting.Her interest developed further at primary school, St Martin’s Preparatory School in Grimsby, and she subsequently decided to audition for a scholarship place at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire. Henderson succeeded in gaining a scholarship and boarded at the school from the age of 11 to 16 and attended the school at the same time as Dan Ferrari-Lane of boy band District3, who was on The X Factor with Henderson in 2012.

In early 2012, Henderson made a singing appearance on a celebrity Christmas special of Channel 4‘s Come Dine with Me, where she performed “All I Want for Christmas Is You“. She was a guest of Bianca Gascoigne, who is a family friend and also auditioned for The X Factor in 2012.  The episode was filmed before Henderson’s X Factor appearance.

In 2012, Henderson auditioned for series 9 of The X Factor with the original song called “Missed” which was later included on her debut album. She reached the live shows and was mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos. Henderson and James Arthur were in the bottom two in week 7 and sang for survival, after which the judges were split on who should go. The decision went to “deadlock” and the public votes cast. Arthur got through after gaining 13.7% of the vote to Henderson’s 12.1%. Presenter Dermot O’Leary described Henderson’s exit as “one of the biggest shocks we’ve ever had on the results show.”

During the show and following her exit, a number of celebrities came out in support and praise of Henderson, including Adele, Chloë Grace Moretz, Simon Cowell, Sarah Millican,Stephen Fry, Lily Allen, Nick Grimshaw and Cher. In 2013, on The Xtra Factor, O’Leary named Henderson the most talented performer in his seven years on the show, in his view.

In March 2014, Henderson announced her début album name as Chapter One. The album was written by Henderson, working in collaboration with a number of writers and producers including: Claude Kelly  (former collaborations include Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J, Michael Jackson), Eg White (Adele, Tom Odell, Will Young, Duffy and James Morrison), Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Fergie, Alicia Keys), Richard “Biff” Stannard, Babyface (Whitney Houston, Madonna, Janet Jackson,Ariana Grande) and TMS (Professor Green and Emeli Sandé, and Little Mix). It has also been reported that Henderson met with Sandé ‘to work on some music together’.

In March 2014, Henderson announced that her debut single would be “Ghost“, co-written with Ryan Tedder. The video for the single was shot in New Orleans and premiered on 23 April 2014. “Ghost” was released on 8 June 2014. Before its release Henderson performed the song on the first semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent on 26 May 2014.Henderson’s second UK single, “Glow” co-written with Camille Purcell, was released on 5 October 2014. Chapter One was released on 13 October 2014.













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