Elena Jane Goulding (born 30 December 1986), known professionally as Ellie Goulding, is an English singer-songwriter. In 2010 she became the second artist to both top the BBC‘s annual Sound of… poll and win the Critics’ Choice Award at the BRIT Awards in the same year, following Adele‘s win of both in 2008. After signing to Polydor Records in 2009, she released her first EP in 2009, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, followed by her debut studio album Lights in 2010. Her album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 620,000 copies in the UK.
Goulding is a soprano,and her musical style has been compared to that of Kate Nash, Lykke Li and Tracey Thorn.