British indie electro-pop artist Ellie Goulding was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Goulding discussed her sophomore album, 2012's Halcyon, performing at the royal wedding for Prince William and Kate Middleton and hearing her music on the radio for the first time, among other topics.
"Performing for the royals was very surreal, but at the same time I knew that I had a job to do so I was really professional," said Goulding. "I really beat it out of me to not be nervous. … It was [a] really beautiful moment, but also very scary."
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Goulding studied drama at the University of Kent where she developed an affinity for electronica music. She subsequently moved to West London to pursue a career as an alternative singer/songwriter and befriended producers such as Starsmith and Frankmusik. After early recordings of songs such as "Starry Eyed" and a cover of Sam Sparro's "Black & Gold" made waves on the Internet, Goulding landed a deal with Polydor Records. Her debut album, Lights, was released in 2010 and topped the UK album chart on the strength of the top five single "Starry Eyed." Lights was re-released as Bright Lights that same year and featured the radio smash "Lights" and a cover of Elton John's "Your Song." On April 29, 2011, Goulding performed "Your Song" at the wedding reception for Prince William and Middleton at Buckingham Palace in London.
Released in October 2012, Halcyon peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. Goulding has European dates scheduled through May. She will open dates on GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars' U.S. tour staring in July.