At 15, she started songwriting and while at Hereford Sixth Form College entered a singing competition and won. Early releases Goulding performing at Nokia World in September Although Ellie Goulding signed to Polydor Records in July , her debut single, " Under the Sheets ", was released through the independent label Neon Gold Records as a deliberately low-key debut, appearing digitally in the United Kingdom on 15 November The album was supported by Nike and was released through Polydor as a running soundtrack in an effort to get her music taken up by the running subculture.
It was originally announced that the lead single from Bright Lights would be the new edit of the title track with a release scheduled for 1 November The single became her second highest-charting single to date, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. Ellie Goulding was number five on Rolling Stone 's annual hot list in February She appeared as the musical guest on the th episode of the Saturday Night Live , broadcast 7 May and hosted by Tina Fey.
The album was preceded by the lead single " Anything Could Happen " on 21 August. The single was released digitally in the UK on 12 December The song charted before it was released, and made its way into the top 40 in the UK, peaking at number Goulding contributed a track titled "Bittersweet" produced by Skrillex to the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: She claimed to be "making a video for a song that isn't on my record.
On 2 July , Goulding premiered a song titled "You My Everything" in the first episode of Skins Fire  and that same day Goulding confirmed to Elle magazine that Halcyon would be re-released later that year. Catching Fire with the track "Mirror". The song was released as the album's fourth single on 20 October Delirium In November , Goulding announced that she was focusing on a third studio album.
In early , Goulding released the song " Love Me like You Do ", which was featured in the soundtrack to the film adaptation of the erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The video was released to YouTube on 22 January, to precede an official release date of 15 February. The single held the record for the most-streamed track in a single week in the United Kingdom streamed 2.
The track was released together with the album on 1 June A preview of the single was revealed on 23 April The following day, another video teaser was uploaded revealing the title and cover art for Goulding's third studio album, Delirium. She also announced that Delirium would be released on 6 November. She performed a variety of songs similar to her Apple Music Festival setlist.
She sings like she is strung out on the melody, warbling from a place of desperate emotion. It really is that rarest and perhaps most accidental of gifts: He then continued in regards to her vocal layering stating, "producer Jim Eliot puts her voice front, back and centre, banking up choral walls of vibrato, fashioning hooks from cut up samples of chirrups and chants, and creating unusual textures from trills and warbles".
I have to really control it because it just kind of goes everywhere. Like, sometimes stuff comes out that I don't expect. A lot, actually [ It's so funny because my favourite thing to do is imitate opera singers, but I've never had a singing lesson. Oh, I had a lesson just to teach me how to breathe better, but I never really had a singing lesson.
The album contained "sparkling pop with a folky heart and an electronic edge" and was noted as being infectious. She stepped away from the electronic sound of her previous album and moved to a more tribal and anthemic sound containing a bit more piano and vocal.
Her mental health problems increased when her single "Lights" shot to fame in But then she worked to control anxiety with exercise, some boxing and kickboxing. In an interview in , she said she doubted her worth as a singer: Speaking earlier in to Flare magazine , Goulding opened up: I used to beat myself up about it […] There were a couple of times after I released Delirium when I was doing promo and thought, Oh god, it's coming back, it's coming back, but it didn't.
I think my body has become quite good at controlling anxiety. While she said in she still felt nerve flutters before her performances, she thinks it can now be easily managed.
Political views Goulding supports the Labour Party. In the aftermath of the Brexit result, she said on Twitter: I truly believe this is one of the most devastating things to happen during my lifetime. I felt a fear I've never felt this morning. Subtitled "Britain's leading ladies", the campaign saw Goulding appear alongside British women from various fields, including the actress Helen Mirren , double Olympic gold medal winning boxer Nicola Adams , and writer Monica Ali.
She performed in the and charity concert for the "Streets of London" charity at the Royal Albert Hall. She said, "It's that stigma of what a homeless person is — they abuse drugs or abuse alcohol.
It's just not true, some people come from very normal backgrounds, very normal situations and something goes wrong. It can happen to all of us. She also announced that she would join the foundation in as a Goodwill Ambassador.