British singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Goulding discussed the healing power of music, the common themes in her songs, and her latest album, Halcyon, among other topics.
"Themes that tend to come up quite a lot [in my music] are breakups, loneliness, loss of something or someone, [and] the human body. I seem to be fascinated by the human body," said Goulding. "It's like when I write lyrics I become a different person and I then read them back and it's like I've written them in a dream."
Combining electronic/pop and indie/folk melodies, Goulding has been compared to the likes of Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks and Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine. In 2009 she became the second artist to receive the Brit Awards Critics' Choice honor and top BBC's Sound Of… poll in the same year. A year later, her debut album, Lights, topped the UK album chart and featured the electro-pop title track, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Released in 2011, her sophomore album Halcyon debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and features the Billboard Hot 100 track "Anything Could Happen." Goulding recently collaborated with GRAMMY-winning artist/producer Skrillex on the song "Bittersweet," which is featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn II. Goulding is currently on tour, with dates scheduled in the United States and the UK through May 2013.