REEL DEAL: Ella Henderson Debuts With "Ghost"

A British singer-songwriter, Ella Henderson arrived with the release of her debut single, “Ghost” on June 8th through Syco Music.

Ella was a finalist on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and finished in sixth place and subsequently signed to Syco Music. The single went straight to No. 1 in the UK.

Ghost is a song Ella co-wrote with Ryan Tedder, who was recently named Billboard’s songwriter of the year for his work with the likes of Beyoncé and Adele.  The collaboration came about after Ryan heard Ella’s voice on a Drake cover and said “It took listening to her sing half of a cover song to convince me she has an insanely bright future.” The pair started work on Ghost in a writing session in London and finished it when Ella flew to his hometown of Denver in January. “I was in the vocal booth in Ryan’s studio recording the vocals just as I turned 18, it was a surreal moment,” recalls Ella.

Ghost, has been eagerly anticipated since Ella first came to the attention of the public as a contestant on the X Factor. Despite leaving the show early, her breathtaking performances drew attention from global megastars from Adele to Cher, who were all captivated by her voice. The two-year wait for her debut single, unheard of for someone discovered on a reality show, has allowed Ella to develop as a songwriter and artist.

The stunning video for Ghost, filmed on a nighttime shoot in New Orleans, sees Ella performing around the historic city as a dark narrative unfolds.

Ella's debut album 'Chapter One' coming this October 2014 is honest, assured, vocally astonishing and unmistakably special. The teenage songwriter from Grimsby co-wrote the album with some of the world’s greatest songwriters from Babyface (Whitney Houston, TLC) to Al Shux (Alicia Keys) and Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse).  Her second UK single, “Glow” is due for release 14th September 2014. 

“There are lots of times I can’t believe what’s happening to me,” explains Ella. “But when it comes to my music I just completely found myself. This is the album I’ve always wanted to make – and I’ve made it.”

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