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Ellie Goulding

April 3, 2013 - Ellie Goulding found much success with her debut Lights in 2010. The album topped the UK charts the week it was released and then reappeared in the Top 10 after Goulding was asked to play Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding in 2011.
Here in the US Goulding’s music was warmly received as well, with the song “Lights” becoming a hit. Though the young star faced a period of writer’s block before creating her second disc Halcyon, the record has been met with a similarly glowing reaction, particularly the song “Anything Could Happen”. Goulding joins us to talk about how she got her creativity flowing again, being the wedding band for the royal couple, and how she is perceived differently here in the US than she is at home in the UK. Plus two very talented singers with their debuts. Until recently Jessie Ware made her living as a backup singer but after releasing her debut at home in Britian last year she was nominated for the incredibly competitive Mercury Prize and saw her solo career take off. She discusses what inspired the song “Wildest Moments.” And Trixie Whitley. The daughter of the late Chris Whitley, she talks about his influence, her work with Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, and her new album Fourth Corner.

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