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Ella Henderson showcases debut album Ghost Trail in front of showbiz guests

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

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Former X Factor star Ella Henderson premiered tracks from her forthcoming debut album at an exclusive showcase in London.

Stars including BBC Radio 1's Scott Mills and TV presenter Laura Witmore turned out for the event, at the capital's lavish Editions Hotel on Tuesday, April 22.

They were joined in the crowd by some of the country's top showbiz journalists and record label executives, all itching to hear new material from Ella's forthcoming debut album – Chapter 1 – scheduled to hit shops in September.

Backed by a six-piece band, 18-year-old Ella, originally from Tetney near Grimsby, played four tracks at the showcase, including Glow and her new single Ghost.

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Speaking to the crowd, she said: "Thanks everyone for coming down.

"It's so exciting for me to be up on a stage performing my music for the first time with my band. For the last 18 months, I've had the opportunity to work with some incredible songwriters – over here and in America."

And introducing an album track titled Empire, Ella added: "I wrote this next song about someone who's probably the most self-centred person I've ever met."

Ella was shockingly eliminated from The X Factor in 2012 after facing eventual-winner James Arthur in a sing-off.

Since then, she has been writing and recording material with Ryan Tedder, frontman of chart-toppers OneRepublic.

Ryan is also known as the man behind some of the biggest hit singles in recent years, including Leona Lewis's Bleeding Love and Beyoncé's Halo, as well as working with Adele on her smash hit album 21.

Before performing her single Ghost – which will be released on June 8 – Ella said: "I wrote this song with someone I can call a close friend – Mr Ryan Tedder. It was actually on my 18th birthday when I was in the booth recording the song, which is a birthday I'll never forget.

"When I first listened back to my album as a body of work, I realised it was everything I hoped it would be. Something real, raw and honest."

TV star Laura Whitmore, who introduced Ella on to the stage, confessed to the audience that she had been an unashamed fan of the teenager since first watching her perform on The X Factor in 2012.

"The first time I ever heard of Ella was when I saw a 16-year-old girl perform a song she wrote herself on her X Factor audition, and I was completely blown away to see such a young girl with an amazing voice."

And radio presenter Scott Mills took to Twitter after the gig to express his admiration for the talented teenager, saying: "Just seen @EllaHenderson do a showcase. Was amazing!! Incredible voice."

To see a video of Ella, visit www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk

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