Henderson at the Summertime Ball 2014
|Birth name||Gabriella Michelle Henderson|
12 January 1996 |
Tetney, England, United Kingdom
|Genres||Pop, soul, R&B|
Gabriella Michelle "Ella" Henderson (born 12 January 1996) is a British singer-songwriter. She was a finalist on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and finished in sixth place, despite being a strong favourite to win. She was subsequently signed to Syco Music.
Ella Henderson was born and raised in Tetney, near Grimsby, to parents Sean and Michelle. She has two brothers called Patrick and Fraser and a sister called Holly. She 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. She succeeded in gaining a scholarship and boarded at the school from the age of 11 to 16. She 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.
2012: The X Factor
In 2012, Henderson auditioned for series 9 of The X Factor. 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, Kitty Brucknell, Stephen Fry, Lily Allen, Nick Grimshaw and Cher. In 2013, on The Xtra Factor, O'Leary named Henderson as the most talented performer in his seven years on the show, in his view.
|First audition||Free choice||"Missed"[A]||Own composition||Through to Bootcamp|
|Second audition||Free choice||"Midnight Train to Georgia"[B]||Gladys Knight & the Pips||Through to Bootcamp|
|Bootcamp||Solo performance||"Believe"||Cher||Through to Judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||Free choice||"I Won’t Give Up"||Jason Mraz||Through to Live show|
|Live show 1||Heroes||"Rule the World"||Take That||Safe (3rd)|
|Live show 2||Love and heartbreak||"Loving You"||Minnie Riperton||Safe (4th)|
|Live show 3||Club classics||"You Got the Love"||Candi Staton||Safe (3rd)|
|Live show 4||Halloween||"Bring Me to Life"||Evanescence||Safe (6th)|
|Live show 5||Number Ones||"Firework"||Katy Perry||Safe (5th)|
|Live show 6||Best of British||"Written in the Stars"||Tinie Tempah||Safe (4th)|
|Live show 7||Guilty pleasures||"You're the One That I Want"||Grease||Eliminated (6th)|
|Final showdown||"If You're Not the One"||Daniel Bedingfield|
2013–present: Chapter One
On 15 December 2012, Henderson made an appearance on Ireland's RTÉ The Saturday Night Show: singing "Silent Night". Whilst being interviewed on the show, she revealed that she had signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment. On 24 December 2012, she performed on the Myleene Klass's Heart FM show, singing "Last Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". On 22 January 2013, Henderson confirmed she had signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music. During January and February 2013, Henderson took part in The X Factor live tour, where she sang four songs: her X Factor audition song "Missed", "Believe", "Rule the World" and "You Got the Love". On 23 January 2013, she performed "Believe" at the 18th National Television Awards. On 9 June 2013, she appeared as a special guest at the Capital Summertime Ball and performed a duet of "Beneath Your Beautiful" with Labrinth.
During 2013, Henderson released a number of live promotional songs to YouTube, including a mashup of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" and John Newman's "Love Me Again", as well as four originals: "Evaporate" (which she previously sang live on The Xtra Factor and performed on a webcam session for fans), "Waiting", "Five Tattoos", and "The First Time".
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 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 (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. Chapter One is due for release in Autumn 2014. Henderson performed Ghost on the first semi-final of Britain's Got Talent on 26 May 2014.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
Henderson is currently dating 18 year old engineer and photographer Matt Harvey.
- A ^ Henderson confirmed that writing the song "Missed" was inspired by her grandfather Bill and that it reminds her of him; the lyric 'Goodbye' is particularly poignant for her.
- B ^ Henderson's second audition, "Midnight Train to Georgia", was not aired on TV.
- C ^ Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. Added 50 position to actual Ultratip position.
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