Ella Henderson

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Ella Henderson
Ella Henderson.jpg
Henderson at the Summertime Ball 2014
Background information
Birth name Gabriella Michelle Henderson
Born (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 18)
Tetney, England, United Kingdom
Genres Pop, soul, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2012–present
Labels Syco

Gabriella Michelle "Ella" Henderson[1] (born 12 January 1996)[2] is a British singer-songwriter. She was a finalist on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and finished in sixth place,[3] despite being a strong favourite to win.[4] She was subsequently signed to Syco Music.[5]

Her debut single, "Ghost", co-written with Ryan Tedder, was released on 8 June 2014 and went straight to number one in the UK. It will be followed in the Autumn by her debut album Chapter One.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

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.[8] She developed a keen interest in fashion in her youth, notably vintage fashion, which she retains.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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".[12] She was a guest of Bianca Gascoigne, who is a family friend[13] and also auditioned for The X Factor in 2012.[14] The episode was filmed before Henderson's X Factor appearance.


2012: The X Factor[edit]

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%.[15] Presenter Dermot O'Leary described Henderson's exit as "one of the biggest shocks we've ever had on the results show."[3]

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.[16][17] 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.[18]

2013–present: Chapter One[edit]

On 15 December 2012, Henderson made an appearance on Ireland's RTÉ The Saturday Night Show: singing "Silent Night".[19] Whilst being interviewed on the show, she revealed that she had signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment.[20] On 24 December 2012, she performed on the Myleene Klass's Heart FM show, singing "Last Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".[21] On 22 January 2013, Henderson confirmed she had signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

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",[25] as well as four originals: "Evaporate" (which she previously sang live on The Xtra Factor[26] and performed on a webcam session for fans),[27] "Waiting",[28] "Five Tattoos",[29] and "The First Time".[30]

In March 2014, Henderson announced her début album name as Chapter One.[31] The album was written by Henderson, working in collaboration with a number of writers and producers including: Claude Kelly[31] (former collaborations include Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J, Michael Jackson), Eg White (Adele, Tom Odell, Will Young, Duffy and James Morrison),[32] 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).[31] It has also been reported that Henderson met with Sandé 'to work on some music together'.[33]

In March 2014, Henderson announced that her debut single would be "Ghost", co-written with Ryan Tedder.[34] The video for the single was shot in New Orleans[35] and premiered on 23 April 2014.[36] "Ghost" was released on 8 June 2014.[35] Chapter One is due for release in Autumn 2014.[7] Henderson performed Ghost on the first semi-final of Britain's Got Talent on 26 May 2014.[37]



Title Details
Chapter One
  • Released: 22 September 2014
  • Label: Syco
  • Formats: Digital download, CD


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BEL (Vl)
2014 "Ghost" 1 3 23[C] 30 1 11 1 69 Chapter One

Personal life[edit]

Henderson is currently dating 18 year old engineer and photographer Matt Harvey.[47]



  • 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.[48]
  • B ^ Henderson's second audition, "Midnight Train to Georgia", was not aired on TV.[49]
  • 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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  2. ^ "Twitter / Ella Henderson". Twitter. 
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  4. ^ Seale, Jack (2 October 2012). "The X Factor 2012: Ella Henderson". Radio Times. 
  5. ^ Foster, Alistair (23 January 2013). "Ella Henderson: I signed with Simon Cowell after he put me in control". London Evening Standard (Daily Mail and General Trust). Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Vine/ Ella Henderson". Vine. 
  7. ^ a b "Ella Henderson's Ghost Trail campaign launches new single". Grimsby Telegraph. 
  8. ^ "X Factor: Family are rooting for Ella Henderson's fairytale ending". Grimsby Telegraph. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ London, Bianca (11 December 2013). "X Factor's Ella Henderson chats to FEMAIL about her mentor and plans to launch a fashion line". Daily Mail (DMG Media). 
  10. ^ Jefferies, Mark (12 October 2012). "I feel he is with me in the studio': X Factor sensation Ella Henderson on her strong bond with her late grandad". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Coates, Jon; Henderson, Eugene (21 October 2012). "Ella Henderson’s talent was never going to be Missed". Daily Express (Northern & Shell). Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ella Henderson performs "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on Come Dine with Me". YouTube. 
  13. ^ Buckland, Lucy (17 March 2013). "He's got the X Factor! Ella Henderson holidays with Gazza's model son Regan Gascoigne". Daily Mail (London: DMG Media). Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Redfern, Corinne (15 September 2012). "Uh oh. Prepare yourself for a sort-of-sad Bianca Gascoigne X Factor story". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
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  16. ^ Gray, Victoria (19 November 2012). ""Tragic": Ella Henderson gets Twitter support from celebrities including, er, H from Steps". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Jefferies, Mark (12 October 2012). "'I feel he is with me in the studio': X Factor sensation Ella Henderson on her strong bond with her late grandad". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Dermot O'Leary says Ella Henderson is his favorite X Factor finalist to date (24th November)". YouTube. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "X Factor's Ella on Saturday Night Show". RTÉ.ie. 
  20. ^ Wilde, Joe (16 December 2012). "Ella Henderson Signs Recording Deal With Sony Music, Promises: "This Is Just The Beginning"". contactmusic.com. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Redfern, Corinne (19 December 2012). "Myleene Klass and Ella Henderson record a Christmas song together! Kind of, anyway". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  22. ^ Hind, Katie (9 January 2013). "I've got the new 'Adella': Simon Cowell wins fight to sign X Factor’s Ella Henderson". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Duncan, Amy (24 January 2013). "National Television Awards: Kimberley Walsh's debut solo performance put to shame by Ella Henderson". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Labrinth Joined By Ella Henderson For 'Beneath Your Beautiful' Live At Summertime Ball 2013". Capital FM. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Smith, Carl (17 October 2013). "ELLA HENDERSON COVERS DRAKE'S 'HOLD ON, WE'RE GOING HOME' AND JOHN NEWMAN'S 'LOVE ME AGAIN' - WATCH!". sugarscape.com. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Olly Murs meets Ella Henderson - The Xtra Factor 2012". YouTube. 
  27. ^ "Ella Henderson - Evaporate". YouTube. 
  28. ^ Ledger, Emma (8 May 2013). "X Factor's Ella Henderson debuts her song Waiting". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "Video: Ella Henderson's 'totally amazing' song Five Tattoos wows fans". Grimsby Telegraph. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  30. ^ Corner, Lewis (16 October 2013). "Ella Henderson debuts new song 'The First Time' - video". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
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  33. ^ "The X Factor Star Ella Henderson Working With Emeli Sande On Her Debut Album". Capital FM. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  34. ^ "X Factor's Ella Henderson announces début single". RTE. 10 March 2014. 
  35. ^ a b "Ella Henderson unveils artwork for new single, Ghost". Official Charts Company. 
  36. ^ "Ella Henderson - Ghost (Official Video)". YouTube. 
  37. ^ "Ella Henderson performs 'Ghost' on Britain's Got Talent (26th May)". YouTube. 
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  46. ^ "BPI Certified Awards > Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  47. ^ "This Week's Fresh Music Top 20". 4 July 2014. 4Music.
  48. ^ Jeffries, Mark (28 December 2012). "X Factor favourite Ella Henderson: Scottish grandad inspired me to sing.. I wish he could hear me now". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 
  49. ^ "Ella Henderson - Midnight Train To Georgia *Unseen Audition*". YouTube. 

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