Ella Henderson

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Ella Henderson
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Henderson performing in July 2014
Background information
Birth nameGabriella Michelle Henderson
Born (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 23)
Tetney, Lincolnshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2012–present
Labels
Websiteellahenderson.co.uk

Gabriella Michelle "Ella" Henderson (born 12 January 1996) is an English singer and songwriter. In 2012, she was a contestant in the ninth series of The X Factor, and finished in sixth place, despite being a strong favourite to win.

Henderson's debut studio album, Chapter One, was released in 2014 and reached number one in the UK. It spawned the chart-topping single "Ghost", as well as the singles "Glow", "Yours", and "Mirror Man". In 2015, she featured on Sigma's single "Glitterball" and Kygo's single "Here for You", which both achieved chart success. After taking a four-year break, she released an EP Glorious and the collaborations "This Is Real" (with Jax Jones) and "We Got Love" (with Sigala) in 2019.

Early life[edit]

Gabriella Michelle Henderson was born and raised in Tetney, Lincolnshire on 12 January 1996,[1][2] the daughter of a Scottish father, Sean, and an English mother of Swedish ancestry, Michelle. She has two brothers named Patrick and Fraser, and a sister named Holly.[3] Henderson developed a keen interest in fashion in her youth, notably vintage fashion, which she retains.[4]

Henderson began singing around 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.[5] Her interest developed further at primary school, Humberston C of E Primary School in Grimsby, and she subsequently decided to audition for a scholarship place at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire.[2]

Henderson 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 boyband District3, who was on The X Factor with Henderson in 2012.[6] 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".[7] She was a guest of Bianca Gascoigne, who is a family friend,[8] and who also auditioned for The X Factor in 2012.[9] The episode was filmed before Henderson's X Factor appearance.

Career[edit]

2012: The X Factor[edit]

In 2012, Henderson auditioned for series nine of The X Factor with the original song called "Missed", which was later included on her debut studio album. She reached the live shows and was mentored by Tulisa. Henderson and James Arthur were controversially in the bottom two in week seven and sang for survival. Tulisa and Louis Walsh voted to send Henderson through to the quarter-final and Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow voted to send Arthur through to the quarter-final. The result went to deadlock and Arthur advanced to the quarter-final receiving 13.7% of the vote and Henderson received 12.1%.[10] She consequently finished in sixth place, despite being a strong favourite to win.[11] Presenter Dermot O'Leary described Henderson's exit as "one of the biggest shocks we've ever had on the results show."[12]

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.[13][14] In 2013, on The Xtra Factor, O'Leary named Henderson the most talented performer in his seven years on the show, in his view.[15]

2012–2015: Chapter One[edit]

Henderson performing during the X Factor UK Live tour of 2013.

In December 2012, Henderson made an appearance on Ireland's RTÉ The Saturday Night Show, singing "Silent Night".[18] While being interviewed on the show, she revealed that she had signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment.[19] She also performed "Last Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" on the Myleene Klass Heart FM show that month.[20] In January 2013, Henderson confirmed she had signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music.[21] During January and February 2013, she 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". She also performed "Believe" at the 18th National Television Awards in January,[22] and appeared as a special guest at the Capital Summertime Ball in June, where she performed a duet of "Beneath Your Beautiful" with Labrinth.[23] 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",[24] as well as four originals: "Evaporate" (which she previously sang live on The Xtra Factor[25] and performed on a webcam session for fans),[26] "Waiting",[27] "Five Tattoos"[28] and "The First Time" (the last two were later included on her debut album).[29]

Henderson's debut single, "Ghost", co-written with Ryan Tedder was released on 8 June 2014.[30][31] It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart,[2] and remained in the top five of the chart for eight consecutive weeks.[32] It has subsequently been certified Platinum for sales in Australia,[33] New Zealand,[34] the United Kingdom,[35] and the United States.[36] Its follow-up, "Glow", was released on 5 October 2014 and charted at number one in Indonesia and at number seven in the UK.[37] Henderson's debut studio album, Chapter One, was released on 13 October 2014.[38][37] It was written by Henderson, working in collaboration with a number of writers and producers including: Claude Kelly,[39] Salaam Remi, Babyface and TMS.[39] The album peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and was the 19th and 31st best-selling album in the UK in 2014 and 2015, respectively. It also charted in the top 20 in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. The album was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), shipping in excess of 300,000 copies.[40][39] The third and fourth Chapter One singles, "Yours" and "Mirror Man", were released on 30 November 2014 and 9 March 2015, respectively.[41] The former charted at number eight in Scotland and at number 16 in the UK, and received a Gold certification from BPI thus selling 200,000 copies.

Henderson performed as the supporting act for Take That on their 38 date Take That Live 2015 UK tour,[42] while embarking on her debut headlining UK tour in October and November 2015.[43][44] That July, she featured on drum and bass duo Sigma's single "Glitterball", which peaked at number four in the UK, and reached number 20 in Ireland. It successfully sold 400,000 copies in the United Kingdom and was certified Gold by BPI. Henderson also featured on Norwegian record producer and DJ Kygo's song "Here for You", which was released on 4 September. The collaboration achieved global wide chart success peaking within the top 20 in the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It also gained a Silver certificate from BPI with 200,000 copies sold.[45]

2016–present: Asylum Records and Glorious[edit]

In November 2016, Henderson announced that she had finished recording her second studio album, having worked with Danny O'Donoghue from The Script and producer Max Martin.[46]

In April 2017, it was announced that she would be supporting James Arthur on his Back from the Edge Tour.[47] In June, she featured along with other artists, including fellow X Factor artists Leona Lewis, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, James Arthur, Louisa Johnson and Matt Terry on a cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge over Troubled Water", which was recorded to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London earlier that month. The single reached number one in the UK after only two days sales.[48] Later that year, it was announced that Arthur had recorded a duet with Henderson, reportedly set to be included on her second studio album. While supporting Arthur on his tour, she performed new songs that were set to be included on the record: "Ugly", "Cry Like a Woman", "Bones", "Solid Gold" and "Let's Go Home Together", her duet with Arthur. In February 2018, it was announced that Henderson and Syco Music had parted ways. In a statement, a Syco representative stated: "Syco and Ella Henderson are parting company. We wish Ella all the best for the future and thank her for her hugely successful contribution over the years."[49]

In May 2018, Henderson confirmed that she had completed work on her second studio album. That October, it was announced that she had signed a record deal with Asylum Records' imprint Major Toms operated by the British group Rudimental, and was working on new material with them, presumably meaning that the previously confirmed album was scrapped.[50][51] She also toured with Rudimental in 2018.[50]

On 13 September 2019, Henderson released "Glorious" as the lead single from her EP of the same name, which was released on 8 November.[52] Its second single, "Young", was released on 21 October. Henderson also featured on Jax Jones' song "This Is Real", from his debut album Snacks (Supersize), which was released as a single on 21 October,[53] and on Sigala's single "We Got Love", which was released on 1 November. Both tracks charted in the UK, peaking at numbers 18 and 42, respectively.

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • Chapter One Tour (2015)

Supporting[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2014 BBC Music Awards Song of the Year: "Ghost" Nominated[54]
Radio 1 Teen Awards Best British Solo Artist Nominated[55]
Best British Breakthrough Nominated[55]
Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Award UK Music Artist Won[56]
Attitude Awards Best Breakthrough Artist Won[57]
Digital Spy Awards Single of the Year: "Ghost" Won[58]
2015 The BRIT Awards Best British Female Solo Artist Nominated
Best British Single: "Ghost" Nominated
VH1 VH1 Artist of the Year Nominated[59]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.[16]
  2. ^ Henderson's second audition, "Midnight Train to Georgia", was not aired on TV.[17]

Sources[edit]

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